Tips to Make Your Move Out of State Easier
The idea of moving to another state is exciting, but the process is rather stressful. There are so many things you need to do and research along the way that wouldn’t be required if you weren’t moving to another state. Keep these tips in mind when preparing for your move to make the process go as seamless as possible.
Do-it-Yourself or Hire a moving company?
One of the first questions to consider is whether you want to pack and move all your belongings yourself or if you want to hire movers to deal with the hassles.
Consider a DIY move if:
• You’re only moving a short distance.
• All your belongings fit into a standard moving truck.
• You aren’t moving any antique or overly large items that require special handling and packing.
• You have the resources and help to get everything where it needs to go
Researching and hiring a professional moving company would be ideal if:
• You don’t want to pack everything
• You need physical assistance getting everything inside or put back together
• You need temporary storage until you can move everything into your new home.
Preparing for the Move
The worst thing you can do when moving is not to plan or prepare. This is a huge process that needs careful consideration and planning if you want to be successful and reduce stress. Here are a few tips to make the transition smoother.
1. Establish a budget
Take a careful look at your finances and analyze where you stand. Consider the price of fuel, movers, paying for others to help, and other additional expenses that creep in. Be careful to look for extra charges or fees that can spike your bill.
2. Conduct a home inventory
Go through your house and determine what you’re moving. You might want to store or donate some things to reduce how much you have to transport. A garage sale can also help you cut down on possessions. You’ll spend more money if you move more stuff.
3. Get packing
Packing isn’t an overnight process. When conducting your inventory, start packing up things that you won’t need in the immediate future. Label them so you have less of a mess when it comes time to unpack.
4. Change your Address
Mail can take some time to catch up once you initiate a change of address. Put in your change request through the postal service at least 2 weeks before you move. Don’t forget about subscription boxes and magazines.
5. Switch the Utilities
Find out what companies supply utilities at your new address to find out what you need to do to get them turned on. You’ll need to create an account and may require a deposit. Don’t forget to cancel your current utilities such as electric, heat, and Internet. Provide a forwarding address to receive your final bill.
Don’t get too overwhelmed with everything you need to do in preparation for your move. Take your time, write things down, and remember that the process will be worth it when all is said and done. If you need help with your move, don’t hesitate to contact Austin Van & Storage today.