Preparing to move from home is a stressful experience and demands a lot of time, energy and organization. Though changing states can be a very exciting prospect and open up a whole new world of possibilities, it also adds a few extra roadblocks when trying to have a hassle-free move. Hopefully the following list will provide a few useful tips to help put the fun and excitement back into your move.
Check Out the Area Ahead of Time
When you move away from home to a new state, not being familiar with the area you are moving to can add extra complications when trying to make your final decision as to where you want to live. Instead of simply choosing a location at random and hoping for the best, why not take matters into your own hands and visit the area ahead of time to really immerse yourself into the community? Take a holiday and give yourself a chance to explore; meet some of the local people, eat at some local restaurants and take part in an event happening in the community to try to get a sense of what life will be like for you there.
To save cash, organize a house-sit near to the area you have your eye on. This is quite easy to do and just requires you to search online for websites that connect house-sitters with people who need someone they can trust to look after their home. Spending quality time in your future community will give you a chance to search for a house or apartment, find all the facilities that you will make use of and will help you get familiar with the public transit routes, parks and other areas of interest to you. An extra advantage: seeing and getting to know your new area will put the excitement back into the move, eliminate the guesswork and put stress on the backburner.
Book Interstate Removalists
Seemingly a small detail, having someone booked to help you move your things on the big day will alleviate a lot of stress. There are many removalists who will move you from state to state and only charge you for the one-way trip, helping to cut the cost of U-haul rentals and some other companies who may charge you for the round trip. Make sure to ask about this detail because it could save you a fortune!
Get Information for Car Registration
Moving interstate often means you will need to change the registration of your car. Each State has different requirements and different grace periods for you to get your paperwork in order, so take the time to research your new home state and avoid hassles later on.
Read the Local Newspaper
Either on the internet or at your local library, make a point of reading the local newspaper of the area that you are moving to, especially the letters to the editor. Even if it’s just once a week for a few weeks before you move, reading the local news will give you a sense of what’s happening and what the locals think about it. This will save you a lot of time getting to know you new community when you arrive and will help you settle in way faster.