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!

New Neighborhood Checklist: Who to Call and What to Do After the Move

New Neighborhood Checklist: Who to Call and What to Do After the Move

New Neighborhood Checklist: Who to Call and What to Do After the Move

New Neighborhood Checklist: Who to Call and What to Do After the Move

By: Jamie Kreps


Moving into a new neighborhood is an exciting time filled with so many opportunities. Your new digs will bring new neighbors, new local spots to explore, and lots of other new experiences for you. When the last box has come to rest on your new floor, it’s time to begin the next step: what to do after the move.

Whether you hired professional movers to help or you orchestrated the move entirely on your own, the process doesn’t end with moving day. If you haven’t begun already, now is the time to handle the rest of the details like utilities, schools, and recreations.

When you reach this point in the process, it can help to create a new checklist to ensure you don’t forget any of the important details. To help, here are some items you’ll want to include on your new neighborhood checklist:

1 – Familiarize Yourself with Your Home

This may seem like a silly step, but you’ll want to first make sure you know the ins and outs of your new home. Make note of where all of your utility spots are located so you are able to direct technicians when they arrive for hookup. Locate all of the important connections such as your main breaker box, any gas or electric meters, and water lines or wells. Knowing this will keep things simple when you have your new utility services set up.

2 – Update All Records After the Move

If you haven’t already, you’ll want to take care of updating your address with all pertinent services. Make sure you register with your local post office to ensure you receive all forwarded mail properly. Contact your new license bureau to update your driver’s license and registration after the move. You will also want to update your voter registration while you’re speaking with the license bureau. If you’re a veteran, be sure to get in touch with your new VA’s office. Lastly, you’ll want to set up a visit with your new physician to have your medical records brought over and new patient information set up.

3 – Update Security

Everyone handles home security differently, but this should be one of the first steps you take to protect your new home. Whether it’s as simple as changing out the locks or a more integrated security system, now is the time to take care of it. At the very least, you will want to install new locks as quickly as possible upon moving in. Taking care of basic security measures will help you feel more comfortable after the move.

4 – Check Out Local Recreation

One of the best ways to ease the transition into a new neighborhood is to get involved. Check out local fitness and recreation centers, visit parks, and try new restaurants. Ask around to find out what the locals have to say about must-see places in your area. Learn about the city with a trip to the library or a walk through an historic district. Knowing more about your area and visiting the public locations will help you to feel more connected in your new surroundings.

5 – Introduce Yourself

Lastly, make a point to introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Often times neighbors will take the initiative to say hello when someone new moves in, but if not, don’t be shy! Take a stroll through your new neighborhood. Wave hello and introduce yourself to neighbors you see out and about. Or, if you’re feeling really social, plan a housewarming party to get to know those around you. There’s no better way to make a new neighborhood your own than getting out there and exploring after the move!