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.
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.” – USAToday.com.
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!