6 Things to Remember Before Moving Out of State

Slater Transfer & Storage has helped our customers in Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico with enough out-of-state moves to understand that the actual moving trip is half the battle. There’s another level of preparation for an out-of-state move that takes place, even before you pack your first box. Ask yourself about these things to help get you on the right track for your out-of-state move.

1. What’s your budget?

It’s essential to calculate a budget for things like moving help, gas mileage or plane tickets, storage, packing materials, and even the price of necessities that you might have to purchase when you get to your destination. Remembering your budget base and keeping a close eye on it will be a great way to avoid surprises as you carry out your moving plans.

2. How are you getting there?

Depending on how far away your new state is, there are several methods of travel you might decide to use. Some people take one bag on a plane and simplify the process by starting completely over. Some people come with a bit more luggage. If you’re trying to move heavy pieces of furniture and multiple boxes across state lines, working with a professional moving company could be recommended versus taking everything in a moving trailer yourself. Even if you still end up driving, involving professionals will ensure you have the proper help available when you get there.

3. Who’s coming with you?

Whether you’re a family of one and a dog or a family of five, it’s important to plan for the accommodations of your household. Does the place you’re moving to allow pets, and have you prepared pet-friendly travel locations along the route? If you’re moving with children, are all their belongings accounted for or school transcripts transferred? Will elderly or disabled family members be comfortable during your trip and have access to necessary medical care or support on the way? Preparing for these questions now will help smooth out your action plan when crossing state lines.

4. What will you need when you get there?

It’s always a good idea to visit the new state area you plan on moving to at least once before relocating to get a better idea of your upcoming living situation. You may have already bought a home or leased an apartment before you arrive, but make sure you understand how utilities will activate when you finally move in. Unless your job is remote, checking out the local economy if you desire any change in employment can also be a worthwhile investigation.

5. What services will you need?

Once you’re confident about your setup for housing and income, you should make a list of important public and private services you may need access to in a pinch. This can include learning about available public transportation systems if you don’t have a vehicle, local hospitals and medical services that may need pre-approval by an insurance provider, childcare providers for young children, and grocery stores where you’ll need to get daily necessities.

6. What local permits or laws are there?

Knowing the local law for the state and city you’re moving to will be the final step in getting you ready for anything. Is there a license and leash law in place that will affect your daily walk with the family dog? Are there any permits required to remodel certain areas of your property or run a business out of your home? What driving laws affect your daily commute, or could noise ordinances impact the size of celebrations? Knowing these things ahead of time will keep you safe from facing fines or encounters with local law enforcement.

Whether you’re crossing state lines or the entire country, let Slater be a part of your moving plans if you want some extra help for your next step. We’ll focus on getting your things safely to their new home so that you can focus on the little things like enjoying your hometown before you leave. Give us a call for quotes and an explanation of our full range of moving and storage services.