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12 Tips for Moving to a New State: How to Make the Process Smooth

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

Are you considering moving to a new state? If so, you're in for some major planning! Relocating to a new city is not an easy process – there are many things to take into account, from the job market to schools and everything in between. But don't worry, we're here to help! Here are ten tips to help make the process as smooth as possible.

1. Visit the state or city you are considering.

I know this one seems pretty obvious. Believe it or not, not everyone does this! One thing we see pretty often is someone quickly picks a neighborhood and moves without even spending time there, only to find out there are other areas in their new city they like more. This creates an additional move that could be avoided with the proper research. So, your first step is to make sure you actually like the place! It's also an excellent opportunity to scope out potential neighborhoods and get a feel for what kind of lifestyle you could have there. Visit the local grocery stores, parks, shopping malls, etc. Get to know each neighborhood well to help narrow your new location.

2. Research your new city remotely.

If visiting your new neighborhood or city in person is not an option for you, don't panic! There are plenty of ways to research a place remotely. Utilize social media, Google Earth, and various websites to give you an idea of what each area is like. You can also join online forums related to your hobbies or interests – this is a great way to learn about different places and get advice from locals. Google Earth has the ability for you to walk through each neighborhood virtually. Check the walk score and drive time to your most visited destinations on google maps. Sign up on the local message boards for each area you are considering to meet your potential neighbors. Some important things to consider are real estate, demographics, local crime rates, schools, trends, weather, and more for your new area.

3. Consider your budget.

A relocation budget is probably one of the most essential factors in your decision to move to a new city. You'll need to take into account the living expenses such as taxes, housing, and other costs in your new state or city. Figure out your moving budget, give yourself enough time to save money, and ensure you have a realistic budget set up before making a move. Give yourself a nice financial cushion for any unexpected costs you may not have considered before moving. Relocating to another state is not cheap! Planning ahead can help you save money, but even if you plan to make a move all on your own, moving expenses can add up! Consider the cost of moving truck rentals, portable container, travel expenses, and other moving supplies.

4. Research the job market.

This is another critical factor to consider before moving out of state. You'll need to make sure new job opportunities are available in your desired field in your new city. Ask if your current employer offers relocation assistance if you plan on staying with the same company. It's also essential to research the salary range for your position – you don't want to make less money than you were at your previous job! Use websites like Indeed and LinkedIn to search for open positions in your field, as well as get an idea of the average salary.

5. Research schools.

If you have children, this is probably one of your top priorities. You'll need to ensure there are good local schools in the area you're considering moving to. Use websites like GreatSchools and Niche to research school districts and find the best fit for your family. If you plan to send your child to public school, find out which neighborhoods are associated with your schools of interest. Not sure how to do that? Connect with a realtor in that area who can set you up on a home search that targets homes for sale in each school district.

6. Research the small things: Grocery Store, Shopping, etc.

This is one moving tip that often gets overlooked. You might not think this is important, but trust me – it is! Once you've made a move, you're going to want to be able to quickly find things like the nearest grocery store, a new doctor, the closest shopping mall, etc. Use a review site like Yelp or Google to research businesses in your new area. It's also a good idea to ask around on social media or online forums for local recommendations.

7. Calculate commute times.

This is something that is often overlooked, but it's actually really important! You'll need to take into account the commute time to and from work, as well as the time it will take to get around town. Use websites like Google Maps and City-Data to get an idea of average commute times in your new area. Be sure to check the drive time on Google maps during the times you would be driving to and from work to make sure you have considered your commute during peak traffic hours.

8. Don't forget about your pets.

A cross country move can put a lot of stress on your pets if they are not used to it. You will need to decide the safest and easiest way to transport them from one state to another. Talk with your vet to find out your best options. You'll also need to make sure your new home is pet-friendly. Research pet-friendly apartments, condos, and houses in your desired area. You'll also need to find a good vet near your new home. Once again, social media and online forums are a great way to get recommendations from locals.

9. Research the weather in your new state.

This is especially important if you are moving to a state with a climate that is vastly different from the one you currently live in. For example, if you are moving from California to Tennessee, you'll need to make sure you have the right clothing and gear to deal with colder winters. Do some research on the internet and talk to friends or family who have lived in your new state before to get an idea of what the weather is like and how best to prepare for it.

10. Find a Local Realtor.

One of the best things you can do when moving to a new state is to find a local realtor. They will be able to help you with every step of the process, from finding a new house to getting acclimated to your new surroundings. A good realtor will also have a network of contacts that can help you with everything from finding a job to getting your utilities set up. If you're not sure where to start, ask around for recommendations or look for online reviews.

11. Research Utilites.

No matter where you're moving, you'll need to set up new utilities like electricity, water, internet access, and trash service. You can usually do this online or over the phone before you move. But it's a good idea to research the options in your new area so that you can choose the best provider for your needs. Use websites like ElectricityRates and GasBuddy to compare rates and find the best deals. You can also check with your current providers to see if they have any discounts for customers who are moving out of state.

12. Find a Reputable Moving Company.

One of the most important things you can do when moving to a new state is to research reputable moving companies. Professional movers will make the whole process a lot smoother and less stressful. Be sure to get quotes, ask if they have a relocation package, and read online reviews before making your decision. You should also ask for referrals from friends or family who have recently moved.

Pack your bags and get ready for a fresh start! Moving to a new state can be a daunting task, but if you do your research and plan ahead, it can be an exciting and rewarding experience! If you have any questions or need any help in your new adventure, don't hesitate to reach out! We'd love to help!


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