You’re finally making the big move—congrats!
In the months and weeks leading up to an interstate move, you might find your mind running through all the possible ups and downs of the moving process. It’s an exciting time full of new possibilities, but it can be scary as well.
Will the move go well? How long will it take before you start to feel at home? These are interesting things to ask yourself, but you likely won’t know until you go through the process yourself.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of seven important things to think about before moving to a new state. This way, you can put your hectic thoughts toward questions that you really work toward answering.
Local weather and climate can be a huge part of our daily lives. And when you’re moving a long distance, you might encounter a whole new type of environment.
If you’re moving to an area with more intense winters, you might have trouble adjusting to the lack of sunlight during the winter months. And if you’re going somewhere hot, you might have to invest more in home cooling systems than you’re used to.
You should take the time to be mentally prepared for these changes, but financial preparation goes a long way too. Make sure to budget in everything you’ll need to adjust to the weather of the new place.
And when they move actually happens, dress the part! You might start off in a warm, sunny climate, but pack a jacket or two if you’re driving somewhere cooler.
The School System
If you have kids, you might want to look into the education system in the area you’re moving to. How are the schools?
Quality of education can change drastically depending on where you’re living, and the exact location of your home will often determine what public schools your kids can go to.
This can be an interesting opportunity to let your children in on the moving process. Explain to them that they’ll need to enroll in a different school, and you can look up local schools together to get them excited about what’s in store.
Do You Need Moving Help?
Not everyone uses long distance movers to help them get from one house to another, but it can be a smart idea. And even if you don’t need the extra labor, you might need to rent some moving equipment to make it all happen.
Now’s the time to look into the logistics of interstate moves. Make sure any services or rental equipment you’re using can handle moves from one state to another. And if you’re using any kind of insurance for the moving process, make sure that the policy covers interstate moves.
This is also a time to think about the specific things you need to move. Some items will require more care than others. For example, if you have a piano, you might want to look into piano moving companies.
When you move to a new state, you’ll have to figure out how to get around in the area. Will you be using the bus or train? If you’ll be driving or biking, what are the routes like?
If you’re going to use the public transit system, there might be some apps out there that can help you out. In big cities like New York and Austin, there are dedicated apps that tell you arrival and departure times. They’ll even update as things change throughout the day.
All the Costs of Moving to a New State
The moving process itself incurs specific costs, but that’s not all you should think about when moving to a new state. You should also consider the taxes and cost of living in your new home.
If you’re going to a more metropolitan area, you might find yourself paying more for food than you’re used to. And if property taxes are high in the state, you’ll have to work that into the budget. If you’re still trying to figure out whether you can afford to move right now, you should take these costs into account.
Finding a New Doctor
Once you find a wonderful new place to live, you’ll need to make sure you’re set up for success. This means you’ll likely need a new primary care physician, a dentist, and any other health experts you need to see regularly.
If you usually see a therapist, for example, you’ll likely have to find another one in your new area. Schedule some extra time right after you move so you have as consistent a safety net as possible.
And when you’re getting a new set of medical and mental practitioners, you should also check to see how your insurance coverage changes in the new area. Moving to a new zip code is considered a “qualifying life event” for health insurance reasons, meaning it qualifies you for a special enrollment period for new insurance. This enrollment period doesn’t last forever, so make sure to check sooner rather than later.
Leaving your current home means leaving a lot of things behind—but your mail doesn’t have to be one of them.
Set up a mail forwarding system before you move! You can do this at your local post office or even online. This way, you can make sure you’re getting all the important mail you need.
And it’s a considerate thing to do for the people moving into your old place as well! You might think you don’t need mail forwarding (maybe you’ve told all the relevant people about your move), but if you don’t do it, your old mailbox will continue getting all the junk mail and random messages that you’re not getting.
Good Luck on the Move!
Moving to a new state is an uncertain and wonderful step, all at the same time. There’s no telling what amazing things you’ll experience in your new home. But if you’ve taken the time to think through these seven things, you’ll be well-prepared for whatever comes your way.
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