For whatever reason – whether you have landed a new job in another state or you simply want a change of surroundings – moving to another state can be a very exciting adventure. However, it can also be a daunting and stressful step, especially for big families. For others, moving is an emotional ordeal. It is an emotionally charged phase of your life.
Aside from having to deal with all the stress that these high levels of emotions bring, you have your belongings to consider. Should you take that antique dresser your late grandmother gave to you as a wedding gift? What are the things that you can let go? What are the things that you can bring? How will you move years of memories and investments across the country?
Here are tips to help make your move to a new state be as smooth and stress free as possible, and an enjoyable experience.
Create a master plan for your big move.
As with all things, moving to a new state needs careful planning and consideration. Having a plan makes your pre-move activities organized.
How much can you spend and will need to spend for the move? When do you have to be in your new state? What are things that you have to bring? How can you let go of the things that you will not take with you? How will you move your belongings to your new state? It is a good idea to find answers for these questions, and keep a record of them.
Get to know your new home before your move.
Assuming you already have found a new home in your new state, get to know your new state before the big move. Use the web to familiarize yourself. Know and notify the service and utility providers that you will need once you have moved in. You do not want to spend your first night at your new home without electricity.
If you have children, research the schools to where they can transfer to. Gathering information ahead of time makes the transition easier for you and your family.
Assess your belongings.
Group your things into three categories: Group A – the must haves, Group B- the wanted but not so needed things, and Group C – those that you can let go.
Be ruthless in grouping your belongings. For things that go into Group C, consider holding a yard sale, or donate them to your local Goodwill. Reassess again the things that went into Group B, if they can go into Group C.
Letting go of our paperback novel collections, that sweater you bought eons ago but have not worn for ages, and that pair of thigh high leather boots that you just love but have not actually used can be heartbreaking. But a move can help you declutter and let go of unnecessary things. Remember, less weight means less cost for you.
Hire a competent and reputable mover.
The mover you hire can make or break your move. Missing and broken belongings can be a headache. Your mover will help you properly “pack” your furniture, appliances, and breakables, to make sure they are protected in the long journey ahead. Here are some tips in packing and storing your belongings for your big move.
Consider also how you will move your car to your new state. Ask your mover if they have auto transportation, or for recommendation.
Pack and group your belongings accordingly.
When packing, be organized as much as possible. Organized packing makes unpacking in your new home easier for you. You can group your belongings by use and which room in the house they go to. Do not forget, your important documents and jewelry will have to travel with you, and not with the movers.
Likewise, do not forget to do the following:
- Transfer your driver’s license in your new state.
- Forward your mails to your new address.
- Cut off all utilities billed to you in your old home.
- Look for new healthcare providers in your new state.
- Get your children ready and prepared for their new school.
Moving to Another State? Joe’s Moving Can Help You Make Your Move!
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