New Beginnings: 3 Helpful Tips for Moving to a New State
Every year, about 35.5 million Americans pack
their stuff and move to a new residence. A good number of these people move to
a new state.
Some move because they found a better job in
another state or their employer transferred them. Some move simply because they
have an insatiable craving for new beginnings; others move to be closer to
their loved ones, mostly aging parents.
Whatever your reason for moving, one thing is
clear: you need to plan for your move accordingly.
Here are a couple of helpful tips for moving to a
Yourself with the New State
By this point, you have definitely made a
decision on the state you want to move to. There are no ifs or buts. The die is
Before you move to the state with your
belongings, be sure to gather as much information about it as possible. Instead
of researching the web, make a trip to the physical city and have a feel of the
place. If you’ve already settled on a city, visit and spend a weekend.
You also want to have a good understanding of the
state’s laws and regulations, especially with regard to your lifestyle. If
you’re a Californian who’s hooked to recreational pot, for example, ensure that
the use of recreational pot is legalized in the new state. You don’t want to
face drug possession laws if you’re moving to a state that has a complete ban
on the substance.
Another important law to keep in mind is state
taxes. How high or low is the income tax? On that note, thepaystubs.com
has a helpful article on states with no income tax.
It’s advisable to find a residence before the
actual date of your move. This will save you a lot of time and money compared
to keeping your items in storage and living in a hotel as you look for a house.
If you’re totally new to the state, you can hire
a local real estate agent to help you find an ideal property instead of house
hunting on your own. This is especially important if you are looking to buy a
What if you’re looking to rent? Ensure your
credit score is in order. Most landlords routinely check a prospective tenant’s
credit and criminal background before approving a rental application.
If your score is in the red, you might need to
find a co-signer to vouch for you.
If you don’t want your move to be a pain, start
planning early and hire a reliable moving company. A professional mover will
take care of packing and transporting your items while you sort out other
issues, such as canceling utility services.
When hiring a mover, choose one with vast experience
in handling cross-state moves.
Moving to a New State a Worthwhile Experience
Moving to a new state has its joys, but if you
don’t prepare well, you’ll set up yourself for stressful times. You don’t have
to worry about inadequate preparation, though. With these tips, you have a
solid foundation for a successful move.
All the best and keep reading our blog for more