Tips for planning and organizing an interstate relocation

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Careful planning is part of every move, but when it comes to interstate relocation organization is even more important. Figuring everything out, from how you’re going to transport your belongings to who you need to notify about your new address. There are a lot more details to consider. In order to help, we’ve put together a guide on what you should consider when planning an interstate move.

Determine where you will move

One of the most difficult parts of organizing an interstate relocation is deciding on where to live. Considering you can’t just go house hunting, we recommend working with a local agent. Since you can’t go in person, contacting someone who is familiar with the area helps a lot. Start your search early in order to leave yourself plenty of time for research. However, be on the lookout for rental scams. People looking for homes out of state are prime targets for scammers, since they usually send funds before actually seeing the home. If you are unsure about buying or renting a home unseen, you can choose a short term rental, and decide whether you want to stay once you’re settled in. Of course, even this can be difficult, especially if you are moving out for the first time.

Set your moving budget

Before deciding to move, make sure to carefully consider all of the costs of your interstate relocation. Moving in general isn’t cheap, and moving into a new state can get quite expensive. Therefore, it is very important to consider this ahead of time. The costs you will need to pay attention to are: travel costs, storage costs, packing supplies, packing services and hiring movers. It is a general rule that the more you have to move, the more you have to spend on your move. You should consider contacting moving companies and asking how much it would cost to engage specialists to assist you, and plan your budget accordingly.

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Make sure to budget carefully.

Figure out transport

Depending on your budget, it could be easier to opt for a DIY move. However, organizing your move entirely by yourself can be extremely stressful, and unless you already have experience with moving, you run the risk of something unexpected happening. While hiring experienced and professional movers can be quite expensive, the price is usually worth it. As someone who deals with moving every day, companies like the Cross Country Moving Group will make sure your belongings arrive at your new home safe and sound.

Notify the post office

When moving somewhere new, it is very important to notify the post office of your new address, so that all of you mail gets forwarded from day one. In addition to the post office, you will need to notify your bank and credit card company, loan providers and insurance providers. And of course, make sure to inform your friends and family of the move as well.

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having your mail forwarded from day one helps a lot.

Prepare utilities

Taking steps to cancel your utilities, and setting up new ones in your new home, is quite important. This can get complicated with interstate relocation, of course, but it can be done easily with a little research. Some utilities you will be able to transfer, and for those you have to cancel you will have to look into your options in your new home. Consider talking to your real estate agent about what local utilities they recommend, then look up the prices and set up dates for installation in your new home. Meanwhile, make sure to call your current utility companies and set let them know which day you will be canceling the service.

Ready for your interstate relocation

Once all of this is done: congratulations. You are ready for your interstate relocation. Of course, going through the checklist can be quite stressful and take a lot of time. However, we hope that this guide on interstate relocation helps you reduce the stress of your move.


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