Moving Out of State? 5 Steps to Streamline the Process

Moving Out of State? 5 Steps to Streamline the Process

Moving Out of State? 5 Steps to Streamline the Process

Moving Out of State? 5 Steps to Streamline the Process

By: Jamie Kreps

If you’re planning a major move, you’re likely stressing over how to get everything done in time. Moving itself can be extremely taxing, but when you’re moving out of state, it can be increasingly difficult to make sure everything is handled in a very tight window of moving opportunity.

“Moving is about the destination, not the journey. It can be stressful enough to move across town, but packing up your home and moving across the country requires careful planning.” – Better Homes and Gardens.

Planning is the key to keeping the stress of moving at bay and helping the process move along swimmingly. What’s the easiest way to plan? You guessed it – checklists! Here is a handy little 5 step checklist to make your long-distance move go as smooth as possible:

1 – Create a General Schedule

The first thing you need to tackle if you’re preparing for a long-distance move, is to create a timeline for the process. What does this mean? Sit down and map out dates for the move, meetings scheduled, and deadlines for services or registrations. This could include when to schedule the movers, when to begin packing, and when to contact new utilities or schools in your new neighborhood. The timeline will help you make sure you know when each step needs to be completed in order to keep the moving process on track. In general, we recommend allowing at least a 6-week timeframe for this, if possible.

2 – Take Stock of Your Belongings for the Move

The next step is to take stock of all your possessions. Before you just dive in and start tossing items into boxes, begin by taking note of what you have. You’ll want to keep a running list of what items you want to keep and what items you could donate or sell (or even pitch) before you begin packing. This is a critical step because it will help you to stay organized and can also save you some money on the move by paying to move items you no longer need.

3 – Clean and Purge

After you’ve determined what items you absolutely want to bring with you, it’s time to buckle down and do some major cleaning and purging. Organize your belongings (such as clothes, furniture, dishes, etc.) into purge piles for selling or donating (or just plain trash if need be) and keep items you’re bringing with you in a cleaned area. This will ensure that what is packed is neat and orderly, and it also saves cleaning time later by doing some deep cleaning as you go. Don’t forget to check dimensions of spaces in your new home to know specifically what you’ll have room to bring with you (and what you won’t). This is also a great time to pack up any valuables that you’d like to keep separate from everything else.

4 – Take Care of Purchasing Supplies

Once everything is sorted and cleaned, make a list of any packing supplies or moving items you may need before the big day. If you’ve hired a professional mover to handle all of your packing, brilliant – but if not, now is the time to make sure you have everything you need.

5 – Final Details

The final step is to cover the fine details of the move that you may have overlooked earlier. Since moving is so much more than simply transferring belongings from one place to another, now is when the details come in:

  • Make sure local utilities are called (both old and new).
  • Update any personal records (medical, mail, schools, pets, subscriptions, banking information, etc.) and contact the recipients in your new town to make sure they received the information.
  • Provide the movers with photos of where to place items in your new home if you aren’t able to be there at the time of the move.
  • Pack a suitcase of necessities to keep with you for the move.
  • If you’re driving your vehicle, have it checked out by a mechanic to ensure it’s tuned up and ready for the trip.

While a long-distance move has a lot of components and can be a daunting task, keeping organized with checklists and timelines will help you stay on task!


The Interstate Move: What to Expect When Moving Out of State

The Interstate Move: What to Expect When Moving Out of State

The Interstate Move: What to Expect When Moving Out of State

The Interstate Move: What to Expect When Moving Out of State

By: Jamie Kreps

Moving, in itself, is a major life event for most, but add interstate logistics to it and things can get hectic. Planning a move out of state involves a laundry list of things to do, even if you’ve hired professional movers to handle the bulk of it. If you’re planning an interstate move, you’ll face some rather unique tasks that a move across town doesn’t necessarily incur.

Most interstate moves are initiated via career choices or other life changes like retirement or a desire to be closer to family. It’s often a very exciting time to embark on a completely new home journey, but sometimes that excitement can be overwrought with anxiety over the move itself.

The best way to overcome the anxiety? Research, plan, and prepare yourself for what to expect. Here is a look at some of the top items to consider when planning an interstate move:

Interstate Move Research

As mentioned above, there’s no better way to prepare yourself for a move out of state than to do some research on what to expect. If you’re reading this article, congrats, you’ve already begun this step!

Additional information to arm yourself with include searching for schools, hospitals, parks, and any other pertinent information in your new state. Knowing where you’ll go when you need to shop for groceries or mail a letter, will help ease the tension of a completely new area.

Change of Address

Since it will be increasingly difficult to track down lost mail during an out of state move, you’ll want to ensure you handle all changes of address well before the move. Be sure to contact all credit card companies, doctor offices (have them forward your records to your new area as well), and make sure to fill out a change of address form with your local post office.

Set Up New Services

While a typical move will have you calling utility companies to notify them of new service, an interstate move requires additional work. You’ll also need to research local utilities in your new area to determine which services are going to cover you and make sure you have them scheduled to begin by the time you arrive.

Additional services to set up include choosing a new physician, dentist, and even a local gym if you have a fitness membership. Any other groups or activities you’re involved in should be contacted as well – you’re changing more than just your home!

Update Personal Records

One of the more critical tasks include updating your driver’s license. You may have already known to do this, but changing your state will mean an entirely new license as well as voter registration updates.

Save Receipts

Out of state moves usually come with a slew of potential tax write-offs, depending upon the circumstances. It’s always a good idea to save all receipts associated with the move in order to save during tax time later on.

“It’s a good idea to save all of the receipts that you accumulate during a move. If you’re moving for a job, your moving expenses might also serve as a write-off on your taxes.” –

Plan a Trip

If at all possible, plan a trip to your new area prior to moving day. The reason? Acclimating yourself to your new hometown and all it has to offer will help simplify the move and ease the transition to your new digs. Moving day brings with it a great deal of work and stress, so it will be helpful to be familiar with the area ahead of time to avoid any added stresses after the move.

Above all, the best thing you can do is to try to be patient with yourself and spend the time to get to know your new neighborhood. The more you know, the more comfortable you’ll become!