So, it’s time to make a move to a new home out of state. Maybe you’ve found a new job, or maybe you just found your perfect home in an ideal area. Either way, you’re about to dive into the logistics that come with a move to a totally different state. At first, this can seem stressful or overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! With some thoughtful planning ahead of time, moving to your new place can be a breeze. Here are our tips for planning a big move out of state.
Make a moving budget
As you’re probably already aware, moving can be expensive. While it’s easy to travel on a budget for vacation, when it comes to moving there are some costs that just can’t be avoided. To help yourself navigate this without getting stressed out, sit down and make a budget for prospective costs. Creating a budget will help you to see the big picture of the move, what it will cost, and where you can save money. If you’re having trouble, consider using a budgeting app or personal finance software to take the guesswork out of it. And don’t forget to build in some flexibility so you can handle the unexpected without interfering with your moving plans.
Don’t be afraid to hire help
Depending on how much stuff you have or how busy you are, it’s possible that moving out of state isn’t a task that you can accomplish alone. If you’re a parent or you work from home, you probably have other priorities and won’t be able to give packing and moving your full attention. Sure, you can enlist your friends, but for the bigger jobs, it might be worth it to hire some help. Consider the professional moving and storage solutions that may be available to you. Be sure to look for a balance between quality and cost when hiring, especially when it comes to packing and moving your valuables. Skimping on moving costs won’t help if you have to repair or replace broken furniture!
Take the opportunity to pare down
A big move is an excellent time to take stock of your possessions and get rid of some of the stuff that you no longer need. As you begin to pack, consider each item before you throw it in a box. Minimalism is trendy right now, so lean into it! Clothes that you don’t wear or appliances that you don’t use shouldn’t come across the country with you. Instead, recycle, donate, or sell belongings you don’t need anymore. You’ll feel lighter and it will help simplify your move, so it’s a win-win.
Give yourself a lot of time to pack and move
Moving is one of those chaotic activities that always seems to take longer than we estimate. Whether you live in a small apartment or a large family home, the process of going through your items, categorising, and packing them is a time-consuming endeavour. To avoid a headache, set aside even more time than you think you need to accomplish your moving tasks. Ideally, start well in advance of your move so that you don’t have to rush. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.
We know that there’s a lot to keep in mind, but even when it gets overwhelming, don’t panic! Things will inevitably go wrong, but if you take the time to plan and problem solve, you’ll be back on track before you know it. Remember: There are always solutions for all of your problems, you just have to find the one that works for you!
A big move can be daunting, especially when you move out of state. However, these tips can help you get organised and get ready to move. Soon, you’ll be through the toughest part and ready to relax in your brand new home.