Moving to another state can be a stressful endeavor. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, of those moving, 12.6 percent are relocating to another state. Due to the length of distance involved, there are many things to consider in order to make the moving process go as smoothly as possible.
According to Gentle Giant, one month before the move you will want to contact your doctor, dentist and post office about your move. Two weeks before your move contact utility companies to set up a disconnection of services. Relay your address change to all credit card companies, banks, cell phone providers and anyone else who will continue to send you mail. Notify the Department of Vehicles of your address change so your driver's license will be updated. They can also answer other questions about relocation in regards to driving.
Many times those who move out of state are doing so because they already have found a job in that particular state. Other times, the person moving may be seeking employment before they move. The Internet has definitely made job searching easier than in the past, with the ability to search, post resumes and sometimes even interview online. Newspaper sites, Monster.com and Craigslist can all offer potential employment opportunities. Once an interview is proposed, arrangements can be made to interview online or in person.
When moving to another state it is helpful to minimize the amount of large items being transported. Having a yard sale or selling items online can be great ways to get rid of household items before the move. Decide what is worth transporting versus which items would be easier to purchase once the move is complete. You might decide the living room set you have is getting old and you would like a new set, so you save the room for more valuable items. You will need to either rent a moving van that you drive or hire a moving company. Do not wait until the last minute to rent a moving vehicle.
You will need plenty of boxes for your move. Many grocery stores will happily give these to you if you ask. Tackle the moving process in small steps. Plan ahead and begin boxing up items a little at a time. One month you may get the kitchen done and the next month complete the bathroom. This helps to alleviate the stress and eliminate procrastination. This way you won't be rushed into making decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of.
Moving is a big job. You will need all the help you can get. Ask family members and friends to help you go through household items and box them up. They can also help you make runs to the Goodwill or put together a yard sale. Don't forget to also have help available once you arrive in your new location. You may have to hire help if you don't have family in your new area. If you have small children, it may be beneficial to hire a babysitter.
Once established into your new place, it is important to seek out new services. Before the move, be sure to have your utility services ready to go. Co-workers and neighbors can be good sources for recommendations for doctors and dentists. Have records from your old clinics transferred once you find a new one. If you banked with a small bank before, you will likely need to find a new bank as well. If you have children, check with the local school for registration information. Some towns offer welcome packages to new families. Check with the city you are moving to.