Moving Tips and Relocating to Another State Checklist

shutterstock_113165296Moving from one state to another is a lot different than moving 15 minutes down the street. Multiple trips aren’t very cost-effective, which means that you are going to have to move everything at once. This requires a lot of planning if you want to keep your moving costs down. The following are a number of moving tips that you should follow if you plan on moving to another state:

  • Call a moving company ahead of time – The last thing you want to do is wait until the last minute – you’re going to find that either there are no trucks available for the day you want to move or that rates have skyrocketed. You should schedule a moving truck at least a month in advance.
  • Take care of utilities – Have the utilities at your old home shut off the day you leave so that you’re not paying for them once you’re gone. Make sure that all of the utilities are working in your new home so that you have hot water and electricity the day you move in.
  • Get your car inspected – Odds are you’re going to be on the road for more than a few hours if you are moving to another state. Make sure you get a full tune up in order to reduce the risk of your car breaking down mid-move. Having your car inspected will make the trip much safer as well.
  • Budget your move – Begin budgeting your move as soon as possible. This includes getting an estimate from a moving company, determining how much moving supplies will cost, estimating the cost of gas, hotel stays and food during the move, and much more. By creating a budget ahead of time, you’ll have some time to save up money so that you don’t feel like you are in a financial hole by the time you are moved in to your new home.
  • Plan your route – If you are going to be on the road for more than a day, make sure you plan out where you are going to stay over night. Don’t just drive until you are too tired to keep going. Not only is this unsafe, but you may have difficulty finding an affordable hotel.
  • Pack everything ahead of time – Don’t wait until the night before the moving company is scheduled to arrive to begin packing your things. Not only are you going to be extremely stressed out, but you’re going to end up packing your things poorly, which will make it difficult to find your things once you move in and could even lead to some of your possessions getting damaged during the move. Pack ahead of time so that you can pack carefully and make sure that you label all of your boxes by their contents and by what room they belong in.

If you are planning on moving out of state, then be sure to keep this checklist in mind to prevent the moving process from being expensive and difficult.

5 Quick and Easy Moving Solutions

shutterstock_134365157Moving can be an incredibly stressful process and it’s one that most people don’t look forward to even with the excitement of moving into a new home. Not only does moving take time and physical effort to do, it can also be quite expensive if it isn’t properly planned. To make moving a quicker and easier process, be sure to use the following five moving tips:

1. Downsize

There’s no point in packing and moving items that you no longer have any use for. Doing so just wastes time and energy, not to mention money. Go through your old home and get rid of anything you don’t need. Either throw away or recycle items you no longer use or that are outdated or broken (like that barely functioning VCR that’s been collecting dust in the attic) or donate items to a local Goodwill store.

2. Label All of Your Boxes

When packing your items, make sure that you organize your things before packing them. This way, it will be easy to label them. For example, a box full of dishes can simply be labeled as “dishes.” Doing this will make it easy to find exactly what you are looking for and will prevent things from getting lost. You should also consider color coding each box by the room it belongs in. Pick up some colored stickers and use them to mark each box. This will make it easy for movers to unload the truck and put the boxes in the room they belong and will help prevent that box full of silverware from ending up in the guest bedroom.

3. Begin Packing Ahead of Time

Begin packing weeks ahead of time so that you don’t stress yourself out trying to pack everything the day you’re supposed to move. Grab a calendar and do some math – even packing a few boxes every day for two weeks can help drastically reduce your work load on moving day.

4. Pack a Moving Day Kit

By the time you reach your new home, you may be too tired to begin unpacking. By packing a moving day kit, you should have instant access to everything you need for a day or two. This way you won’t have to go searching through all of your boxes for just one or two items. A moving day kit should include things like extra clothes, toilet paper, toiletry medicine, pet food, and garbage bags.

5. Get Rid of the Kids and Pets

We don’t actually mean get rid of them – but have someone watch over them on moving day when you are busy packing the last of your things and the movers are loading the truck. You don’t want to have to worry about them running around – you’re probably already stressed enough as it is.

Moving can be a huge hassle, so use these five moving solutions in order to make your move a little easier and go a little quicker, thereby making it a less stressful experience.