Considering moving out of state? Picking up and moving somewhere brand new can be intimidating, and adding a different state to the plan can be an additional challenge for some people. But moving out of state doesn’t have to be hard – with preparation and planning, this added element to your move should still go smoothly.
Below, we put together a list of six tips to help you stay organized throughout the process and keep your anxiety at ease.
Research your new home.
While this should feel pretty obvious, it’s important to really dive into the details of your new state, county, and city. Utilize online resources to learn as much as you can about the details of your future home – taxes, school districts, state laws, local attractions, demographics, etc.
Update your address, driver’s license, and vehicle registration.
Depending on your new state, these updates won’t happen overnight. Each state has different rules and regulations, but updating information, forwarding your mail, and scheduling appointments in advance will save you a lot of time and future headaches once you settle into your new home.
Change your address listed in your online accounts.
You would be surprised at how many accounts you filled in with your address. Whether it’s a television streaming platform or a retirement account, your address will need to be updated online.
Eliminate some of your belongings.
Moving is already an expensive process, and the further the distance, the higher your bill. Having fewer items to move will lessen the number of vehicles needed to rent for the journey. Do not be afraid to host a yard sale, sell some of your less-essential items online, or donate to your local shelter.
Sure, people always have a budget in place for their home purchase, but as we mentioned, moving costs can add up quickly. Make sure you have an emergency fund in place – always plan for the unexpected.
Plan ahead for your meals.
With any move, it’s recommended to eat through the food in your current home to avoid moving it. When you arrive at your new home, know the grocery store and easy-access restaurants in advance. The first couple of days at your new place can be tricky, especially if your kitchen appliances are not operating yet – plan some easy meals or good takeout options!
If you are thinking about buying a home in Pennsylvania or selling and moving to another state, you need a realtor you can trust! Call me at 717-253-3259 (cellphone) or visit my website at www.karentavenner.com and let’s get started on your next adventure.