5 Ways to Prepare for Moving To a Different State

5 Ways to Prepare for Moving To a Different State

Moving to a different state is not an easy task. You need to consider a lot of factors before you pack your things and throw those you think you don’t need.  Check the following tips before broadcasting to your friends and family that you are going to relocate to another state.

The first tip is to decide if you need to hire movers or you and your family can do it by yourselves. If you think that you can’t DIY because the task is simply overwhelming, consider hiring professional movers. When you choose a moving company, make sure that you get the most out of what you will pay for their service.

Ask them what extra services come along with actual moving. Are they going to help in the packing and unpacking, disassembling and re-assembling big furniture, hoisting, shuttle services, etc. Also check if you will shoulder the pay for toll, gas, parking fees, and their food. It is better to clear these things before moving.

After the actual moving, the next thing that you should do is to get a job. If the primary season for your moving is to relocate because you are assigned to do your job in a different state, well finding a job should not be your concern. However, in case you move to get a fresh start, then your first priority is to get a job.

The next thing you have to do is to find health care providers. Look for a family physician who can take care of your family as well as a veterinarian for your pets. It is important that you reserve a portion of your salary for health care providers. As the saying goes, health is wealth. Also make sure you investigate the rules for the states you are moving to.

For example, when moving to Hawaii – you have to register your pet before hand and get all of the required vaccinations, then your pet will be put in a temporary isolation while traveling to Hawaii until the officials can determine that your pet is fine to move to the islands. This is just one example, so make sure you try sending an e-mail or calling your real estate agent who can provide local expertise and get your questions answered! 

Register your car after moving. The bad news is it cannot be done online. You really have to visit the local DVM office to do it.  You need to register your car as soon as possible since different states have different deadlines (e.g. Florida only allows the vehicle to be registered 10 days after the moving). So never forget to bring the car insurance policy you bought from the state you just moved to and other important documents pertaining to your car.

Lastly, familiarize your new home. Take a tour inside and outside the house. Check the location of the fuse box and the main water valve. Look for damages or pest infestation; just make sure that your new house is safe for your family.