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Moving Tips for Relocating to Another State

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Relocating to another state?

Relocating to another state?

So You Are Moving to Another State

For whatever reason, you have made the decision to move to another state. Moving alone can be a very stressful situation but relocating to another state brings that stress to a completely different level, but only if you allow it. I can attest to this as I have moved many times and have lived in several states, including California, Texas, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Illinois.

In fact, as of this writing, I am a week away from making another move from Chicago, Illinois, to Charleston, South Carolina. I would say that I’m a near expert in moving from state to state, and I have developed a checklist that keeps me sane during my transitions.

I hope you find the moving tips below to be a valuable resource as you make your own relocation to another state. Just know that moving is only as stressful as you make it out to be.

Rent a moving truck and save money.

Rent a moving truck and save money.

Move It Yourself

The number one tip that I want to share with you as you prepare to move, and I can’t stress this enough, is to do it yourself. Get quotes from several truck rental companies, such as U-Haul, Penske, Ryder, and others that provide a similar service.

When you are requesting quotes, you will have to know the dates that you plan to make your move. To get the best rates, try to avoid renting a moving truck at the end of the month. This is when most people try to do the same thing, and the rates skyrocket due to demand.

The best dates are on weekdays and at least after the first of the month. Two things that can make this the best time to move. First, demand is low, and second, you are transporting the product to a new location that is probably in need.

Also, don’t forget to negotiate with the rental truck company. If you get a lower rate from one company but have better trust and brand recognition with another, then let that company know you received a better quote. You have nothing to lose and the possibility of getting a reduced quote.

And one more thing, if you need help moving and loading your rental truck, then don't fret; most of these rental companies can refer you to local teams you can hire for the day to do all the heavy lifting and loading. You will do the driving, but that's as easy as driving your own car. And once you get to your new location, you can hire a team there to do the unloading and all the heavy stuff. This can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Things to Do a Month Before You Move

  • Get rid of the clutter. This is the perfect time to go through all of your belongings and the things you have collected over the years and find them new homes, not your new home. Have a yard sale or even an estate sale, and anything that doesn't sell you can donate to a worthy charity and get a receipt for your donation to use with your taxes.
  • Decide if you are going to hire a moving company or do it yourself. If you're a do-it-yourself kind of person like me, then you want to get quotes from several moving truck rental companies. Also, if you need help, most of these companies can refer you to local helpers at both locations. This can be of real help if you're moving to a location where you don't have friends or family to help unload. Plus, the sooner you reserve your rental truck, the better chance you will have that the company will have the product ready on your selected move date.
  • Start collecting your boxes. You can purchase new ones from the truck rental companies, or you can find them for free on Craigslist. The best time to get free boxes is just after the first of the month. Most people move at the end of the month and then start unpacking and need to get rid of all their boxes.
  • And lastly, don't forget to cancel your newspaper delivery, your landscaping service, your water bottle delivery, or any other services that are local only.
Create a moving checklist.

Create a moving checklist.

Make a Checklist

The best way to get things completed is to make a list. Make a checklist of all the tips on this page to help you stay focused, organized, and stress free. The tips I’m providing you are the most important but go ahead and add anything I may have missed.

Things to Do at Least a Week Before You Move

  • If your bank is a regional bank, then you will want to open an account with a national bank chain before you move. This way, you will never lose access to your money, and also you will not have to worry about those pesky ATM fees for using an out-of-network machine.
  • If you have prescriptions, then make sure your doctor can call them into a new pharmacy. Many pharmacies have a national presence, like the ones with Walgreens, CVS, and even Walmart. It's better to do this before the move than to let it slip your mind and then scramble to get it done when you most need your medicines.
  • Make arrangements for your pets. Will they be traveling with you? Do you have their needs handy such as a leash, food, water, vitamins, and medicines?
  • Draw out a floor plan of your new home, this way when you can organize and load your moving truck with a little bit of order. When you unload the truck, you're not going to be tripping over boxes and furniture left in your way.
  • Pack all your important documents, medicines, and other items that you need ready access to or use every single day in the same box and keep it in an easy-to-locate position on the moving truck. If an emergency comes up, you don't want to have to scramble through everything just to find your Kuerig.
  • Put in your Change of Address with the US postal service. It normally takes about a week for the post office to comply with your request so doing this early can really help in keeping your mail get delivered on time to your new location. But also contact your creditors and anyone else that sends you mail regularly and change your address directly with them. Most of the time, you can do this within your online accounts.
  • Schedule to have your utilities turned off on the day after the move and also contact the utility companies at your new location to schedule new services. This is also a good time to evaluate your utility and other services needs, such as your cable, phone, and internet. When moving to another state, especially to a new region of the country, you will probably be dealing with an entirely new company.

Moving Out of State Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

As I mentioned earlier, moving to another state is only as stressful as you allow it to be. If you remain calm, follow these tips, and focus on the things that are important, then the little stuff will not keep you from making your new transition.

Moving is an adventure, so don’t forget to document it with words, pictures, and videos if you can. If you plan it out right then, you will not be crunched for time, and you can enjoy the sites and landmarks as you travel and relocate to your new state.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Julie Foyle on September 21, 2018:

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David Johnson from Denver, CO on April 25, 2018:

Great tips Richard! My favorite tip you mentioned is making a floor plan for your new home so you have a better idea of how to pack your boxes and load up the moving truck. If you color code your boxes by room, it makes unpacking/unloading a lot easier so you won't have to keep moving boxes all over your house once you get there.

If anyone is interested, I've made a pretty extensive resource for choosing the cheapest way to move to another state here:

Thanks for the quality hub!

Richard Bivins (author) from Charleston, SC on March 08, 2017:

That's funny, I never noticed that and it wasn't me who made the map. I got it off of Pixabay, royalty free image site. I only drew the line between Idaho and SC. Lucky most people have a GPS now or some might get real lost with their move if they used this map.

Gabrielle on March 07, 2017:

Umm... Oregon is right above California... not Washington. Lol. Who made that map?! XD

Meg gidlow on July 02, 2016:

I would love to move to Oregon one day!!! I have to save up a lot of money for it!!

Krista Wilson on June 26, 2016:

It's really important to look at how long the business itself has been operating. You have companies claiming to have thousands of trucks, carriers, and customers, but they've only been in business with operating authority for two months. It's very simple to find out this information looking at the fmcsa licensing and insurance page or looking at the state's division of corporations business search.

I don't think you can really trust what's being said directly to you about someone's experience as opposed to getting down into it yourself and just do a little intelligent research.

Adam Marsh on May 14, 2016:

Moving to another city or state is always stressful, so becoming this stress-free, we should prepare a perfect moving checklist for easy moving. I would suggest you to go through for more help and advice.

Natasha on December 02, 2015:

Oregon and Washington moved too!

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on December 08, 2014:

Yes, I've moved many a time, what didn't fit in the rental truck had to go. Another great lesson for me in organization.

FirstStepsFitness on September 12, 2014:

Great Hub , very useful information :)

Richard Bivins (author) from Charleston, SC on September 01, 2014:

Good tips Deanne.. thank you.

Deanne from Bronx, New York on September 01, 2014:

Don't ever pay for boxes. You can go into any liquor store, bodega or pharmacy chain like CVS or Walgreens and speak to any manager about picking up boxes the stock guys are going to crush anyway. (Make sure you find out what day their inventory comes in because that's when you'll get the biggest yield.) Bring a shopping cart or vehicle to lug it all home.

For packaging tape, go into any post office and ask for free USPS priority mail packing tape. They will give it to you at no cost.

Richard Bivins (author) from Charleston, SC on September 01, 2014:

Thanks Bill... I hope so, and I hope this is my last move. At least that is my goal, to set roots in my new location.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 01, 2014:

There is nothing easy about a long move, but this checklist will make it easier.