4 things you must do before moving out of state
Moving to another state is a little different then moving around the corner to a new home. Interstate moving companies operate on a little different schedule and the preparation involved by you and the movers can be a little more extensive. Check out these tips from our moving experts about how to move out of state.
Call your moving company ASAP
If you are moving to another state, you are going to want to have as much time as possible to prepare. You’ll also want others around you to have as much time as they can get to serve you properly. While there are so many working parts to a move, especially to another state, some people neglect calling the moving company, which can be one of your most important tasks.
Contact your moving company as soon as you can, have them conduct a moving survey, and even better a virtual survey, and get on their schedule for your upcoming out-of-state move. Let’s say you were moving to Florida. You’ll need to get on the schedule before that truck leaves for the Sunshine State.
And one bit of professional advice. Never ask your friends to help you move when you are moving out of state. Maybe you did this when you were younger than moving to a new home in the neighborhood, but it’s not a good idea if you’re moving long-distance.
Start packing now!
We can’t emphasize this enough. If you are moving to another state, you need to start packing as soon as possible. Packing is always going to take you longer than you think so there is no better time to start the packing process than right now.
Packing early also gives you an opportunity to identify the items that you do not want to take with you to your new home in a new state. As you’ll want to travel as light as possible, leaving as much time to pack also allows you to set aside items for a donation, selling, or discarding. You may be moving to Texas and as they say, everything is bigger in Texas, but the more you put in the moving truck, the more it will cost you.
Also, don’t forget to obtain the correct moving and packing supplies from your local moving company.
Visit your new community ahead of time
If you have the time, we highly recommend visiting your new city or town before moving day. This gives the entire family a chance to get acquainted with your new community, check out restaurants and recreational activities that you might enjoy for the future, and just get an overall feel for where you’ll be living.
If you have children, it’s a smart move to schedule a visit to their new schools. Moving can be stressful for kids and this will allow them the opportunity to get a little more comfortable.
Read and understand all the paperwork
We know you have a mountain of paperwork to look at when it comes to selling your home, buying a new one and then moving out of state. But you need to pay attention to all the paperwork that you’re moving company professional puts in front of you.
You are moving out of state and all your household goods will be traveling a long distance, so it is important for you to understand your rights and responsibilities as a moving customer. Some of us just sign on the dotted line but you need to take the extra time to understand what you’re signing.