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Moving Interstate for the First Time? Top Tips for a Smooth Move

Anyone who’s ever moved before knows that the process can be stressful. Factor in that you’re relocating to another state and it can all be overwhelming. Moving to another state can almost feel like you’re moving to another country. To help reduce some of the stress that moving can create and make the transition as smooth as possible, consider these tips.


Develop a moving plan

A few months before you begin your move, sit down with the family and create a list of all the things that you have to do. In addition to the obvious tasks of packing items and hiring interstate movers, don’t forget other important things like changing your address and contacting service providers. A list will help ensure everything gets done prior to the move and you won’t feel bogged down.


Make a budget

Moving to a new home can be expensive. It can be even more expensive when you’re moving to another state. If you’re like most, you’re on a budget and looking to spend as little as possible. Find out how much moving to another state will cost and then look for ways to save money wherever you can. A few ideas to help you save include using recycled boxes and moving on a weekday instead of a weekend.


Pare down your belongings

As you pack your items, you’re going to come across items you no longer use or have a desire to keep. You can cut moving costs and make the move less physically demanding by only keeping items you absolutely want or need. Once you determine what you’re going to bring with you, you can sell your used items or donate them.


Pack wisely

Stay organized by packing items from the same room together and in the same boxes. Make sure to label each box so that when you get to your new home you know where the boxes go. Use bubble wrap or padding for delicate items so they don’t get damaged during transport. Disassemble large items like tables or desks prior to moving day.


Hire a moving company

While you could move everything yourself, the benefits of hiring a moving company outweigh the do-it-yourself method. Moving company staff members are experienced in moving items promptly and with care and will ensure everything arrives safely at your new home.


Make sure your new home is move-in ready

You don’t want to move into your new home only to have no cable or electric. Speak to the utility companies and service providers in advance to transfer your utilities and services to your new home.