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Moving Tips: What Should I Do If I’m Moving Out of State?

Jan 18, 2018

While any move is going to be a difficult one, moving out of state can be particularly difficult. When you make an out of state move, there are several factors you have to consider that you don’t have to think about when you are moving locally, including:

  • Can I hire movers who will travel out of state?
  • If so, how much more will hiring movers to help me move to another state cost?
  • How will the weather in my new state impact when I can move? For instance, should I wait to move to a cold weather state until the spring or summer?

These are just a small sampling of the questions you will have to answer before making an out of state move.

Tips for Moving Out of State


The following are a few tips to help you plan and execute a successful and efficient out of state move:

  • Create a calendar for the timeline of your move – Making a move this complex will involve meeting several deadlines, such as making sure you turn in fees and paperwork on time to ensure you have a house or apartment to move into in your new state.
  • Put together a budget for your move – The last thing you want to do is get halfway through the process and realize that you do not have enough money to complete your move. Preparing a budget beforehand ensures you know how much money you need to afford your move and that you are prepared to pay for the entire move before beginning the process.
  • Research and hire an out of state moving company – Not all moving companies travel out of state. If you plan to use movers, do your research. Find the highest quality and most experienced movers that fit within your budget to handle your out of state move.
  • Do an inventory of your possessions – This has two purposes. First, you need to know everything you own, because you will be traveling a long way with a lot of items and it could be easy to lose something in the process if you are not well organized. Second, the more you have to move the more it will cost, so having an idea of what you own can enable you to decide what to take with you and what to give away or discard prior to paying money to move it out of state.

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