Packing up everything you own and moving across state lines is no easy feat. Regardless of how you approach this task, it will take you at least a few weeks to plan everything, and then another few weeks to unpack and settle into your new place. Because this is a change that's going to occupy you for a month or longer, it's important to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. Here are some tips to get you started on the right track.
Create a moving calendar.
When you're moving so far away, you can't afford to forget something or show up on the wrong day. You can minimize scheduling errors – and grant yourself some peace of mind -- by laying everything out on a calendar beforehand. Note which days you're going to pack, what day you need to call the utility companies to switch over services, when you have moving companies coming for estimates, etc. It's helpful to hang this calendar in your kitchen so all family members can see it. You might want to invest in a big, dry-erase calendar so you can change things with ease as your plans solidify.
Set a budget – and stick to it.
Moving across state lines is not cheap, but there are plenty of ways to make it cheaper. Set a budget from the get-go, and then as you make choices throughout the planning process, ensure they fit into this budget. For instance, you can get several estimates from moving companies and pick one with your budget in mind. If you're getting close to your budget, you may have to cut out things – like having someone else pack for you or buying new boxes.
Make sure the moving company you choose regularly works in both states.
Just because a company offers inter-state moves does not mean they're overly familiar with the state you are moving to. Look for a company that has moved other families to the specific state you're moving to. This way, you can be confident that they're well versed in the insurance and liability laws in that state. (Some laws vary by state.) They may also be more knowledgeable when it comes to planning their driving route, saving you money and waiting time.
Explain your circumstances to your new landlord, if renting.
If you're moving into a rental in your new state, make sure your landlord knows you're coming from far away. You wouldn't be the first person to set off to their new destination and then get a phone call that you can't move in until a day later than you'd initially planned. If your landlord knows you're traveling a distance to your new apartment, he or she will know you need to be in the home at your scheduled time.
For more information, talk to a professional moving service.