These days, many people can move to a new state and continue working remotely for the same employer. But if you’re not in this situation, it’s smart to get a job lined up as soon as possible. This will help dictate where you live, how much you spend on housing, etc.
2. Ask your boss about relocation assistance
Another perk of lining up a job in advance is that your new employer may provide you with relocation assistance—money to put toward hiring a moving company, storage unit, short-term housing, and more.
Thanks to the internet, you can become acquainted with your new home before arriving. Research neighborhoods, schools, crime rates, public transportation, commute times, and more to help you decide where to live.
Getting to know your new city
There are lots of resources to help you learn more about your new city. Check out these websites to help you get started:
Whether you’re planning to rent an apartment, buy a home, or secure short-term housing, it’s always best to have housing arrangements ready before you get to your new city. Get in touch with a real estate agent in the area to learn more about which neighborhoods align best with your needs, and consider taking a trip (or two) to check out housing options before you move.
5. Create a moving budget
Whether you’re hiring professional movers or doing a DIY move, moving costs can add up quickly. This is why it’s smart to research expenses and create a budget well ahead of moving day.
6. Choose a moving company
Whether you’re moving during peak season in the summer or in winter, it’s a good idea to book a moving company early in the process. Research moving services (professional movers, moving truck rentals, and moving containers), remembering to read online reviews for companies and the fine print of your contracts, and check for discounts. Get multiple quotes and schedule a moving date.
7. Transfer professional licenses
Are you a teacher, medical provider, lawyer, or real estate agent? If so, you’ll need to learn about the licensing requirements in your new state. You may need to transfer your license or apply for a new license before practicing in your new city.
Unless you’re hiring full-service professional movers that offer packing or professional packers, you’ll need to invest in your own packing supplies. Make sure you have moving boxes in a variety of sizes: small boxes, medium boxes, and large boxes. Pick up packing paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, moving blankets, and wardrobe boxes to ensure everything arrives safely and securely at your new home.
Packing is often the most overwhelming part of moving, but you can eliminate the headache by getting an early start. Donate or get rid of things you don’t want to bring with you, then start packing items you won’t be needing for a while (like seasonal clothing, decor, camping equipment, etc.). A week before your move, start packing everything else, room by room.
Not all packing methods are created equal! You’ll be far more efficient if you follow these pro packing tips:
- Pack heavier items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes
- Pack room by room
- Label every box on at least four sides
- Create an inventory system
- Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap
- Don’t overstuff boxes, but don’t leave space either (fill space with packing paper)
It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of packing and leave nothing left for your travels. But in reality, you’ll probably spend at least a few days living out of a suitcase. Pack several outfits, toiletries, medications, etc., so you’re comfortable during the moving transition.
11. Make arrangements for your car
If you have a car, you’ll need to decide what to do with it when you move. Of course, you could sell your vehicle before you leave town or take it with you by either driving the car to the new state, hitching it to the moving truck, or hiring an auto shipping company.
The United States Postal Service makes it easy to forward all mail to your new address, even if you’re moving out of state. Be sure to start forwarding mail a few days before you move to ensure you don’t miss anything, and remember you’ll still need to notify individual parties about your move too.
You’ll need to re-register to vote when moving to a new state. Luckily, it’s easy to do this while setting up mail forwarding!
14. Update your license and registration
Each state has processes and timeframes on updating your license and registration—even if you’re moving locally. It’s important to follow these guidelines, as there can be late fees for failing to update your new address when you move. For more information on your location, look at our state-by-state guide on how to update your license and registration.
Life’s better with good friends by your side. So get out there and start meeting people! Consider apps like MeetUp or Bumble BBF, local Facebook groups, or even local dog parks to help you put yourself out there.