Moving out of state is no easy feat, especially if it’s your first time. To help with the relocation, Ryan Homes at Brunswick Crossing has come up with a list of go-to tips for moving out of state:
Pack, purge, donate. This method is great for out-of-state movers. Because traveling will be expensive, it’s best to pack the must-haves while purging and/or donating the nice-to-haves.
Once you’ve settled on what to bring to your new home, sell your gently used items on Craigslist or donate them to a local nonprofit for a tax deduction. You can even give them to a first-time home buyer or college student you know.
Spot red flags in a moving company. Moving out of state isn’t cheap, so you’ll want to invest in a moving company that offers insurance and a reliable reputation.
According to Updater, a digital platform that eases the moving process, interstate movers are heavily regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which means they'll need to provide a few things to stay in compliance, including:
Motor vehicle insurance, liability insurance, and worker's compensation
An up-to-date registration that’s been renewed every two years
A U.S. Department of Transportation number or a unique ID that's assigned to moving companies to track inspections and reviews
To avoid a moving scam, check the company’s reviews on Yelp or Moving Company Reviews. You can also call for more information and check with FMCSA to ensure they're an accredited business.
Understand your delivery spread. Unfortunately, most moving companies don’t show up to your new home the same day as your family does. They offer a delivery spread, which is a buffer time of 1 to 14 days for your belongings to arrive.
Why? Moving companies often use only one truck to transport everything. This saves you and them money, especially during out-of-state moves.
While you can somewhat control the delivery spread by setting your loading date, the length of the delivery spread is subject to other variables including the move distance, time of year, and the amount of stuff you pack.
Tip: The more items you pack means a shorter delivery spread.
Research different travel options. Most families assume that traveling from Point A to Point B by car is the less expensive option. However, rest stops, roadtrip snacks, and overnight hotel stays can add up. Double-check the cost of traveling via train or airplane to save time and stress during your move.
Ensure your new home is move-in ready. Imagine spending the day driving then unpacking your suitcase only to have no water for a warm shower. Instead, you choose to watch TV -- until you realize you didn’t set up the cable.
To avoid this situation, set up cable and Internet, water, heating and cooling, and electric before you arrive. Because your belongings will most likely not be there yet, it’s important to have the basic necessities available.
Don’t forget the little things! If you’ve secured the big parts of your out-of-state move like the moving company, travel, and utilities, it’s time to focus on the nitty-gritty. Here’s what you should do when you move to a new state:
- Register your car. Visit the local Department Of Motor Vehicles to get a new license plate, driver's license, and other documentation.
- Look for healthcare providers. Moving to a new state means looking for a doctor and/or vet that takes your insurance. Ask your new neighbors for recommendations and look at reviews online, especially if you have specialty needs.
- Use a national bank chain. If you’re moving from a small town to a big city, it’s smart to transfer your money to a national bank, so you can access it anywhere.
- Transfer your prescriptions. This is a must-do before you arrive, so ask your doctor which pharmacy is closest to your new location.
- Pack an emergency box. Aside from a first aid kit and toiletries, an emergency box should have important documents like social security cards, annual tax returns, passports, and birth certificates.
Put in your change of address with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). It normally takes about a week for USPS to comply with this request, which means the sooner you do it, the better. This will reroute magazine subscriptions, bills, and other mail items.