Right now we’re at the height of the moving season. During the summer peak, millions of North Americans will change temporarily or forever their addresses for different reasons – a new career challenge, a better home in a nice neighborhood, moving away to college or retirement and relocation in search of a more tranquil life. In any case, any moving gives us the freedom to define our present and shape our future according to the specific economic reality and in the name of our own prosperity.
And while moves within the limits of a city or a state do not pose a serious challenge, moving out of state is a complicated process that requires good planning and timely actions in order to be completed successfully and within the projected expenses.
According to the statistics of the Census Bureau for 2012-2013, approximately 36 million Americans changed their addresses, and around 5 million of them (or 13%) moved to another state. Statistical data show that most often Americans relocate from New York to Florida, from Massachusetts to New York, New York – Illinois, California – Texas and New York – California. When it comes to moving, the most attractive states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida and Georgia, while the states most frequently left are Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa and Kansas.
If you’ve sold your property and are about to move to a new state or if you’ve made up your mind to undertake a decisive step in the name of a better professional advancement but have not yet purchased a new home, then the tips below will help you get ready for the tricky process of cross-country moving and handle easier the post-moving adaptation at your new place.
- How to prepare your home for sale – in most cases moving to a new state is linked to the sale of your old property and the purchase of another one in your new state. The faster you take care of the sale, the more time you can spend on organizing the relocation and hunting for a suitable home. The best advice in such cases is to straighten out your house and give it an immaculate interior and functional look. As an owner, you’re well aware of the great number of details that may introduce slight discomfort in our everyday lives. Start by eliminating them on your own or by hiring someone to do it for you, and little by little you will be able to see the big picture. Some of these small and quickly solvable problems are: squeaky room doors or furniture or such that gets stuck, broken or missing wall or floor tiles or coverings, burnt-out bulbs in light fixtures, water leaks, worn out and stained carpets to be replaced with new ones, dirty and cracked windows, stains on floors or walls to be removed by re-painting, etc. Then move to the interior – tidy up, remove the excess stuff and rearrange your household belongings so that they create a feeling of space and coziness. Add new sources of light so that your home sparkles with its full splendor and volume. The minimalistic furnishing will enable potential buyers to visualize the actual spatial arrangement of your home and how it would look furnished by their own taste.
- Choosing the right mover – having found a buyer for your old home, it’s time to begin the organization of the move itself. From a logistic and financial point of view, interstate moving is rather complicated and therefore it is recommended that you leave the organization and realization in the hands of an experienced and specialized company. The success of such a complex undertaking depends mainly on the choice of a moving company and so it should not be random. Research well the potential mover, read moving reviews about its services left by actual clients, request and compare several quotes before you make the final decision.
If you have managed to observe the above-mentioned tips and your moving has been successful, then we can only congratulate you on a job well done. However, opening the door of your home does not end the relocation process. We, as movers, cannot advise you on how to best choose a new house, but we can be useful with advice on what you should do to go back smoothly to your normal lifestyle in the new state.
- Switch the utilities – switching the utilities is vital for a problem-free transition to a new residence. You have to be clearly aware of the move-in and move-out dates well in advance in order to arrange the transfer. Usually the procedure involves filling in many application forms and credit checks in different institutions where the response time is often unspecified. You may be forced to look for different utility provider in your new place and it could be a good opportunity to collect several offers and even consult the potential utility supplier on how to lower the utility bills.
- Change of address – this stage of the moving process does not seem complicated at first glance but it is connected to a number of boring procedures, and therefore good planning is needed, as well as adherence to a pre-planned schedule. Take a sheet of paper and write down all the people, companies and institutions that you need to inform about your relocation, as well as the deadlines to do so. You can download and print out a detailed checklist to aid you in your change of address stage.
- Doctor, Dentist, New school for your kid(s) – even after the movers have relocated your belongings to the new home and you have started to get used to the new surroundings, have in mind that the moving process is not yet complete. One of the top priority tasks is to provide a normal rhythm of life and protection for your family that includes securing quality health services (doctor and dentist) for you and your pet friends, as well as a suitable new school for your kids. Everyone has a different approach but ultimately, it is imperative to trust the persons and/or institutions responsible for the future health of their family and their children’s development.
- Registering your car – one of the last steps after your move to the new state is to register your car if, of course, you own one and it’s been registered to your previous address. First, you have to locate the local office of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). After your visit to the office, find out how much time you have to register your vehicle – it varies in different states and may be from 20 to 60 days. Also, it is important to know whether you need to renew and/or validate your driver’s license for the new state. Take care of your insurance as well – some companies issue policies that cover the entire country but most states have their own insurance agents and specific regulations. Having received the necessary information, you should gather the required documents, pay the corresponding fees and wait for your new documents and license plates.
We can conclude that moving to a new state is too complex and elaborate to do it entirely on your own. Research shows that the households that employ the services of professional moving companies manage to save more money than the ones that choose to move by themselves or with the help of friends. Therefore, you should leave your relocation in the hands of experienced professionals and concentrate on the things that you can control, like performing a smooth and peaceful transition from your old lifestyle to your new one.
This is a guest post via Brian Jamesson- XpressMovvers.com