5 Tips For Tackling Your Interstate Move

When it comes to moving your life to another state, the first thought that comes to mind might be how to save money.  Second is how to make the move as easy as possible. Whether you are moving into a large home or an apartment, the list of moving expenses and to-do’s is lengthy. We’ve got some tips to help you accomplish your move as easily and cost-effectively as possible.

Create a master plan

Make a master to-do list that includes everyone in your household and what they will be responsible for. Think about things like who will pack what rooms, who will contact utility companies, or who will make arrangements with a moving company.

Give yourself plenty of time

The more time you have to plan, organize and pack the better.  Don’t wait until last minute to create your master plan and get started right away.  Figure in enough time to meet with teachers, contact doctors, dentists, your veterinarian and other service providers.

Keep your most important items with you

Using a professional mover is the best option for an interstate move. But plan to transport important items yourself like medications, personal records including birth certificates, passports, financial records, check books, deeds and insurance policies.  Any high-value items like jewelry, tickets, photos or albums, specialty collections, and computer backup devices should travel with you or be shipped separately.

Lighten the load

Considering that the main cost factors in a move are weight and distance, think about the items you could leave behind or sell. The swingset, flag pole, basketball hoop, and even outdoor furniture are all items that can easily be replaced.  Chandeliers, ceiling fans, fireplace screens and tools, shelving systems are all items that are typically part of a real estate sale.  All these items are bulky or fragile and require special packaging that adds to your cost.

Make the rounds before you leave

Notify every service provider you use including orthodontist, dentist, pediatrician, specialists, and therapists, your attorney, accountant and banker.  Clean out your locker at the health club, golf or tennis club, or at school.  And don’t forget your clothing at the cleaners or a tailor and jewelry or other items that might be in for repair.  

The first tip we shared was to create a comprehensive master plan. Take the time to include all the tips we mentioned here to reduce the chances of missing an important task. And make important decisions, like what to move and what to leave behind, well ahead of your move.  Being prepared will reduce your stress, reduce your costs and make your relocation as smooth as possible.

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