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Things to Consider When Moving Out of State
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|Moving is never a simple process, but things seem to get twice as complicated when moving to a new state. Not only do you have to pack up all of your belongings and transport them to a new home, but you have to leave behind everything and everyone you know. Making the journey to a new state can be exciting, but it can also feel foreign or alienating once you arrive. You may become depressed or homesick. There are many things to consider before making an out-of-state move, especially whether or not the move is the right choice for you.
Why are you moving?
Before making the trek to a new state, carefully contemplate the reasons for the move. It is not a decision to come to hastily, but rather it requires thorough consideration and thought to avoid regret later.
Common reasons for relocation to a new state include employment opportunities, weather, school, and cost of living, but many people decide to move simply because they desire a change of scenery. While a fresh start can be invigorating, it is important to be certain that it's what you truly want before you go. Take into account all that is going to change after an interstate move.
There are likely to be people you are going to miss. Moving to sunny California from cold, dismal Minnesota may seem like a no-brainer, but after uprooting and hauling all of your belongings hundreds of miles, you may have a change of heart. The sunshine and beautiful weather may not seem so pleasant without the security and comfort of your family and friends nearby. While leaving those you love will be difficult regardless, you should spend some time mulling over the reality of saying good-bye and if you are prepared to handle it.
Culture can also vary greatly from state-to-state. If you are a New Jersey native fed up with the cold winters and decide to move to hotter, dryer New Mexico, you may wind up disappointed when you realize you hate burritos and can't find a decent bagel or slice of pizza anywhere. Culture shock can take some getting used to and we all adapt to things at our own pace. Make a list of all the trademark foods, attractions and other things you love about your state and think about how easily you will adjust to life without them. Perhaps the new state you are moving to is filled with many more things you love than your current state, in which case the cultural changes will probably pose no problem for you.
Doing your research
Before choosing a new state to call home, it is important to spend significant time researching all you can about it. You want to be positive you are picking the right place to relocate, so there are no regrets later. If you are moving due to a corporate transfer or a new job, you may not have the luxury of choosing your new home state. However, thorough research is still essential when choosing a specific neighborhood to live in. Additionally, being well-informed of everything about the state will only make your transition easier.
The following are just a few of things you'll want to research before moving:
- Climate. What is the weather like in your new state? Will you be comfortable there? What kinds of clothes will you need? Are there any clothes you can get rid of before leaving? If you are moving from New England to the tropical climate of southern Florida, it's safe to say you can throw away or donate your winter coats, scarves and gloves.
- Housing. What is the housing market like in the state? How affordable are the homes there?
- Jobs. How is the job market in your new state? What are the unemployment rates? What are the major industries and sources of employment? What is the typical starting salary?
- Schools. If you have children, you will want to know more about the school systems in the state. What neighborhoods or cities in the state have the best schools? What are the standardized test scores or graduation rates? What colleges are nearby and how affordable are they?
- Crime. What are the crime rates in the state? What cities are the safest? The most dangerous?
- Recreation. What are the dining, entertainment and other recreational options in the area? Are they suited to your needs? Do you prefer outdoor activities or a pulsing nightlife? How do your potential new city and state measure up to your expectations of a good time?
Downsizing your belongings
Once you have made certain moving out of state is what you want, and have conducted thorough research to choose a state that suits your needs, it is time to start planning your move. An important thing to consider in a long-distance move is if you will downsize your belongings. It will make your move much easier as well as cheaper if you cut back on the things you no longer need.
Seasonal clothing unsuitable for your new climate, broken or outdated appliances, and anything you haven't used worn or used in a year are just some examples of things you should part with. Donate unwanted items to charity, have a yard sale, or give sentimental possessions away to friends and family. Now that you have de-cluttered your home, you can focus on packing the essentials that you will be taking on your journey.
Finding a moving company
Moving to a new state is not the same as moving across town or even to the next city. You will have a significant distance to travel so you won't be able to take multiple trips to haul all of your stuff to the new home. Hiring a moving company to assist you will make the move much easier and less stressful. You can compare quotes from many long distance movers in your area here at Movers.com.
Any moving company that operates across state lines is required to have a US DOT number by the FMSCA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). Before choosing a company for hire, confirm that they are registered by visiting the FMSCA website. The company should also be licensed in each state that they operate in. Verifying this information will prevent you from being scammed by an unregistered or rogue mover.
Lastly, the hardest part of moving to a new a state is saying good-bye to your home, your neighborhood, and of course, your loved ones. No matter how much you are anticipating all of the upcoming changes, thinking about bidding farewell to everything and everyone you know and love can put a serious damper on all of the excitement. However, there are many ways that you can gain closure and reduce your distress when saying good-bye to your old life.
- Visit your favorite places one last time. Have a meal at your most beloved restaurant, take a stroll at your local park, have a drink at your neighborhood pub and visit some of your favorite shops. Enjoying some quality time in these treasured landmarks will allow you to reminisce on the wonderful memories you have made in your hometown.
- Have a going-away party. Plan an intimate gathering to say adieu to your home and loved ones. Avoid inviting a slew of acquaintances--invite just your closest friends and relatives to make your last night together meaningful. Keep the fare low maintenance and simple--don't plan an elaborate sit-down dinner that will keep you slaving away in the kitchen all night. You want to enjoy the time interacting with your loved ones and making meaningful memories--the night is about friends and fun, not fancy food.
- Plan a return visit. Nothing can ease the pain of leaving better than looking forward to returning in the near future. Make a plan in advance to visit so you can anticipate seeing everyone again whenever you're feeling lonely in your new home.