Moving to another location, regardless if it is within the state or out of the state, can be stressful for all parties involved.
There are so many things that must be completed, before you can depart your existing location for the last time. While there are many ways to ensure a smooth transition, just the slightest mishap can throw your plans off. The best way to approach a permanent relocation is with a checklist, which should include everything from preparation to the moving day.
Creating A Budget
Moving is not only a time consuming process, but also a very expensive transition. Before you even consider packing up your belongings and relocating to a new state, you should create a realistic budget. At this point in your life, it is possible that your finances are limited. A budget will ensure you have enough money for each service and expense needed to make the transition. If you have any difficulty creating a moving budget, you can always turn to an accountant or financial analyst.
Finding A New Home
As mentioned above, moving can be extremely stressful because there are so many things that must be done in the proper order. One of the first things you will need to do is find a new home. If you are moving to a location that you are unfamiliar with, you will probably have difficulty finding a new home. However, with the help of a reliable realtor you will have more luck. When it comes to finding a new home, you will need to research specific neighborhoods, determined where the public facilities are located and decide what type of home will suit your needs.
With so many things to consider, some people will choose to rent an apartment or condo until they get to know the location better. This will actually be your best option, since it will give you more time to find a suitable home. Plus, this will reduce the number of things that need to be completed, before the moving day.
Research Your Transportation And Travel Options
Anytime it comes to making a move from state to state most families automatically assume that it is cheaper to pack up the family vehicles, hit road, and make the trek on their own. However, between all the pit stops, hotels, and gas fill ups, this truly might not be your cheapest and best option. Not to mention how long it will take you to get to your destination. Always make sure that you are properly researching all your options, as having your items and vehicles shipped, while you fly to your destination can sometimes be cheaper. Bellhops are a professional moving service that can help you at both your current and final destination if you’re within their service area.
Selling Your Existing Home
If you currently own a home you will need to put it on the market. Many people will not even begin preparing for an out-of-state relocation until their existing home is sold. While this may extend the overall process, it may be in your best interest, since the sale will give your extra money for moving expenses and a down payment for a new home.
Getting Rid Of Excess Items
To ensure your move goes smoothly, you want to get rid of items that you no longer use. You can give them to family members, friends, co-workers, thrift shops or charities. However, if you need the extra cash you can always have a garage or yard sale.
Make Your New Destination Move In Ready
There is nothing worse than arriving to your new home to discover that you don’t have any electricity or running water. Always make sure that you transfer your utilities, Internet services, and phone services before making the official move. This way you will have one less thing to worry about and you will be able to relax in front of the TV after a long day of unpacking and rearranging.