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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
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
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
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 the 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 ResearchBefore 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 BelongingsOnce you have made certain moving out
of state is what you want, and have conducted thorough research to chose 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
Finding a Moving CompanyMoving 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
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.
For more on US DOT numbers,
read this guide.
For more on moving scams, read this guide.
Saying Good-ByeLastly, 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
- 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.