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5 Tips for Moving Out of State

Whether it’s for a job, family, or just for fun, moving out of state is overwhelming no matter the circumstances. We have created a checklist to ensure you will be able to complete your out of state move seamlessly by following these steps. Not only will these steps make moving easier, but they will also save money!

1.) Dedicate a binder/folder to the move

In dedicating a folder or a binder to the move you will be able to organize what you need and what is necessary for this move. Moving is such a big deal, and it is essential that you can figure out what exactly you need to buy for the move and the tasks that need to be done. You can even make two sections that involve tasks for the old place and new place. This will allow you to split up the tasks for each place and not get things mixed up.

Organize your organization

You can also create tabs that include packing lists, schedule, school information, and plans for your new/old house. This is a great way to stay organized and ensure that your move will be as smooth as it can be. You can even put paint samples and room layouts in the binder if you are thinking about redoing things. The possibilities are endless, and we know you are going to have big plans for your new home.

2.) Purchase your moving supplies early

Moving supplies are necessary for every move, and you don’t want to be running to the store at 11 pm the night before you move because you forgot to get something. To avoid this extra stress, you can arrange to purchase moving supplies from your mover beforehand or just buy them from your preferred supplier early. Make a list of items you need as soon as you figure out where and when you are moving. Be sure to stick your list in your binder!

More is more

How many supplies do you need? Always get more than you think. You never know how many rolls of packing tape you may need or even boxes. You can always take the extra items back after your packing is complete and get a refund on the unused supplies. That said, there’s always someone moving; you can get a deal on your moving supplies by ordering in bulk and selling leftover supplies to neighbors or through online marketplaces. Planning is the key here, and you will for sure be able to save money by planning ahead.

3.) Set a budget

It’s no secret: moving is expensive! That’s why it’s smart to set a budget to eliminate surprise costs. When working with professional movers, it’s important to allocate the costs and ensure you know where your money is going. If you are using a packing service, be sure to figure out the amount of items you will be packing and the cost for those. The more upfront and accurate you can be about what you’ll pack versus what the movers will pack, the better the movers’ estimate will be for your final bill. Be sure to do your research and find out what those may be to minimize surprises.

You might need a spot to store your stuff

Another thing to consider is whether you need storage, which can be a huge expense. Storage is extremely important to account for because it also needs to be planned. The fact that you pay monthly is also something to consider. Plan out if there is any extra time before you get into your new house that you may need to use short-term storage.

Budget for boxes, boxes, and more boxes

Packing materials are also something you may have to account for if packing on your own. These materials range in price, and like mentioned before can be bought in bulk. This is a time and a money saver!

You gotta eat

Don’t forget about food as well. You most likely won’t have all your cooking materials the first couple of nights you are moving, so you’re going to go out and spend extra money feeding the family. These little things are oftentimes forgotten; to make a list of things you’ll need to pay for on top of the mover’s estimate and keep track of them, so you don’t forget them when making your budget.

4.) Collect important documents and records

Important documents like your social security card, birth certificate, and passport are necessary items that seem to get lost easily. Find these items before you even start packing and designate an area for them. This could be a tab in your moving binder or another more private area to keep these documents safe (such as a fireproof box or safe). Items like identification are easy to lose and difficult to replace, so it’s important to keep them safe during your move.

5.) Contact your future utility companies

Utilities are often forgotten about because the electricity, water and Wi-Fi are just…always there in your home. It’s super important to contact your local providers to set up these services for a good moving experience. You don’t want to get into your new home in July to a sauna or in December to an icebox. Make sure to buy a new router for Wi-Fi if you turned the old one in to your previous provider. Especially consider:

  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Wi-Fi/cable/landline
  • Trash/recycling

While you’re at it, make sure you shut off your old services as well!

Bonus Tip

Whether you’re looking to move across the country or to a neighboring state, Bekins Van Lines can help. We have experience with every type of relocation from moving young couples into their first home together to helping older adults downsize and relocate into a smaller home. If you’re looking for a change in environment, Bekins is the way to go. Find your local agent to get started!