Moving to a new state sounds simple, but there are a few things you need to have in order before you hit the road. Being prepared will make your move smoother and much less stressful.
Have Your Birth Certificate and Other Papers Ready
Most states will require your birth certificate, and any name change documents to get a driver’s license. You may need to prove you are a US citizen. While this seems redundant, since you already have a valid driver’s license or ID from your current state, it’s something to be ready for. If you don’t have your birth certificate or name change papers, contact the appropriate state as soon as possible. You’ll need to request these documents and have copies mailed to you.
In a similar vein, you’ll need all of the documentation for your vehicles to get them registered. This includes documentation for any car loans. Also, be prepared to pass a vehicle inspection and smog test.
Research Cities and Neighborhoods Online
Typing “livability” along with your new city into a search engine will bring up scores and reviews for that area. You’ll be able to get an idea of that city’s level of crime, the quality of the schools, and the cost of living. Often, you’ll also find a breakdown of various neighborhoods and nearby suburbs.
It’s also a good idea to pay a visit to the area before you move. Once you have a list of possible neighborhoods, drive around to get a feel for the areas. While you’re there, also work with a local real estate agent or a rental agency to find your new home. Also, look into the local utility companies so you’ll be ready to turn on the power and water.
Once you have a new home lined up, you’ll be ready to pack up and move. Some companies, like Christofferson Moving & Storage, know how important it is to have everything planned out. You’ll need to either rent a moving truck and do it yourself or hire an interstate mover.
If you have friends and family to help you on both ends of the move, renting a truck and doing it yourself is the cheaper option. But, if you don’t have anyone to help you unload the truck at your new home, hiring an interstate mover is a good option. It’s more expensive, but it’s worth it if you are moving on your own.
Get Your Utilities Turned On
Once you’ve arrived, you’ll need to get your utilities turned on, and make arrangements for your trash service; some cities require citizens to contract with private trash services.
Moving to a new state can be stressful, but knowing what to expect and being prepared can ease the transition tremendously.