A Checklist for Moving to Another-State

There comes a time in most people’s lives when they need to move away from their birth home into a new, wide world. Whether you are moving for a job, or for a partner, or just for a change of lifestyle, moving from one state to another can come with its challenges, frustrations and even surprising pitfalls that you have not considered. 


So, you need to make sure that you have your ducks in a line before embarking on your great journey. When you have pinpointed the perfect state for you to settle down in, you need to make sure that you have everything in order to start out your new life on the right foot. Say, for example, you have decided to move your life to Seattle, picking out the right moving company in Seattle would be imperative in making your move swift and easy. But before that, you need to make sure that you know what is lying ahead of you!


We decided to put together a checklist of what you need to ensure to make sure that you settle into your new home with as little hassle as possible. 



  1. Do Your Research


This might be the most obvious point, but many people seem to skim over the heavy research phase of the move and jump straight into packing up their lives. Researching your new home is imperative in being absolutely prepared for what lies ahead of you. 


If you are moving for a job, make sure that you learn as much as possible about the offices, locations, staff members in the office. Study the surrounding areas and the neighborhood where you will be settling. One of the best ways is to reach out to people already living there and ask them questions. You will get more information about the area directly from the horse's mouth. One of the best ways these days is to join Facebook Groups of the area. You will be able to monitor the living conditions, people’s interactions, news and general activities of the area. 


  1. Budget Properly


Apart from a wedding, a move is one of the most stressful and most expensive events of your life. Moving comes with tons of hidden and almost unforeseeable costs, so make sure that you have savings lying in an account just in case. 


Not only do you need to consider the moving company, flights or gas money, interim accommodation and the usual costs that come with packing up your home, but the other costs too. There could be legal costs to cover, costs to move your pets, insurance updates, medical changes and naturally the additional costs of being on the road and being reliant on eating out for a few days. 


Create an excel spreadsheet at least a month before your move and start listing estimates and keep updating with the actual numbers. 


  1. Sort Out All Legal Matters


This is one of the most important aspects to look into when you are moving states, and ties into the first point. 


Do your research! 


Every state has different laws and legal implications, so make sure that you take a few days to make sure that you come to terms with your new home’s laws and regulations. Personally, you will need to review the following documents when you cross state lines:

  • Wills; 

  • Trusts;

  • Powers of attorney;

  • Healthcare directives and appointments; 

  • Marriage licenses and asset sharing. 


If you are relocating your business to another state, you have a plethora of legal issues to get out of the way before just packing up shop. Not only will you need to consider whether you will be running the business in two states, and make arrangements for that, but you need to take into consideration taxation changes, ownership amendments and changing the type of business you own. 


  1. Get Your Finances and Health Care In Order


Before you leave, make sure that you have these imperative aspects sorted out so that you don’t land yourself in hot water in your new state. Check whether you need to open different bank accounts, inform all current creditors of your move and new address. 


You will need to make adjustments to your insurance as well as your healthcare plans, so do some research long before you leap into your move. Every state’s medical care differs, so make sure you have enough information to make an informed decision. 


Lastly, get your utilities set up at least a week before you move if you can. That way, you will be able to move into your new home which is ready to go and start unpacking your new life, without the added stress of utilities. 


Taxation is also different in each state, so make sure you do your research when moving. Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington are the only no income tax states in the US, while the high-income tax states are California and New York. You will need to ensure that you have a determination of residency when moving and sever all old residency ties. 


  1. Plan for Your Pets


Don’t be one of those people who abandon their pets when making a life alteration. If you are moving out of state, make sure that your pet can be accommodated in your new home and make arrangements for the travel. 


The first thing will be to take your pet to your local vet, especially if you are flying as you will need a health certificate for your traveling pet. You might need to ensure that your pet undergoes the right vaccinations and if they are on a long traveling schedule, you might need to get sedatives. Make sure you also check whether your pet needs an entry permit into the state. Hawaii, in particular, needs your pet to be quarantined for 120 days before entry. 

Wrapping Up


With these out of the way, you will be on your way to packing up your home, wrapping your treasures in bubble wrap, hiring a moving company, and selling off all of your extras to lighten your load. The best way to lower your blood pressure close to the moving time is to start planning at least two months before and get all of the legal and financial issues sorted before jumping into choosing boxes for your household items. Good luck, and enjoy your new home!