Moving in general can be stressful, but moving to a new state can open a whole new stress level you never though existed. There are many unknowns, but as long as you have an idea of what you should do prior to making the move, those stress levels should remain manageable.
With that said, we’re here to not only make your moving experience stress-free and as smooth as possible, we’re also here to give you a little guidance on the things to do when you’re planning on moving to a new state.
Narrow Down the Areas
Assuming you have thought of a bunch of areas to move to, now is the time to narrow down those locations into a short list. Create a spreadsheet or simply write them down on a piece of paper and list out the pros and cons of each location. It also helps to visit or re-visit your top 3 to get a better feel for the environment around you.
Track Down Job Opportunities
If you’re not moving to a new state for a job, you’ll need to find one that is in the new area. Do some extensive research on the job opportunities in each of your top 3 locations and take the initiative to apply. If you landed an interview for all three, great! Assuming you are chosen for the job, you now have options.
It’s also a great idea to research job opportunities for your teens. If they enjoy lifeguarding, see if there is a local pool that is looking for help. If they’re more of a restaurant-worker, make a list of the nearby places that would suit them.
Create a Moving Budget
After you have chosen the location you want to move to and have found your home, it’s time to start creating a moving budget. You’ll want to consider how much money you’ll need to spend on moving boxes, packing supplies, and of course, hiring a moving company.
After you’ve figured out the financial side of things, it’s time to look into moving companies that will best suit your moving needs.
Find a Moving Company
When you research moving companies near you, you’ll be surprised and maybe overwhelmed by how many will pop up during your search. It’s important that you go through each website, look at reviews, check out the moving services they each offer, and see if they offer a free quote or not.
If you’re moving to the Minnesota or Minneapolis MN area, Daymakers Moving & Storage is the company for you. We offer a variety of moving services as well as storage services AND we offer a free quote to get you started on your journey.
Start a Packing List
Great, you’ve went with Daymakers. Now, what’s next? Create a packing list. We suggest that you separate the items you plan on moving with you from the items you’re going to either toss, sell, or donate. This will help you decipher how many items you’re actually going to move and it’ll help us get your free estimate as close as possible.
After you’ve created these lists, take the time to separate those items and start packing away the items you’re keeping so it’s less you have to do when the date gets closer. For example, if it’s the middle of the summer and you don’t need your Christmas decorations out, packing them up is a good idea.
Transfer Utilities and Cancel Memberships
As soon as your moving date is in the books and it’s close to the big day, it’s time to start transferring your utilities and cancel memberships. You’ll want to make sure that your new home is ready and has the electric hooked up, gas, heating, security systems, water, sewer, cable, etc.
When it comes to utilities and such, it’s a good idea to make a list that includes:
- Utilities that you need to change
- Evaluate your utility services to determine whether you need them or not.
- Determine whether you want to transfer your utilities to new providers.
- Pay any outstanding balances
If you are a member of a gym or something similar in your current town, you’ll want to cancel that membership so you’re not paying for it when you’re miles away.
Forward Your Mail
When you have your new house address and are ready to transfer your mail, contact USPS and set that up. It’s surprisingly a seamless and easy process.
Notifying your children’s current school that you’re moving should be top on your list, followed by enrolling them in their new school. Waiting until the end of summer or right before you move can cause more stress and send you into panic mode, so the earlier you can do that – the better.
- Get a new driver’s license
- Change any insurances
- Discover nearby stores and entertainment that fits your needs
- Research new doctors
- Get ready to decorate your new place
Book Your Long Distance Moving Day with Daymakers
Whether you’re moving from a state over or across the country, we can handle any type of residential or long distance moves that you’re looking for. Our moving process starts with a free quote, followed by booking a day, and finally getting you moved to your new home.
If you have any questions about moving to the Twin Cities, Saint Paul, or any of the surrounding areas – just reach out! We’ll give you the lowdown on the best and worst areas, highlights, and more.
Daymakers Moving & Storage holds onto five stars on Google and other review sites, proving that we know what we’re doing and we care about your moving journey. We want to make your day and get you as prepared as possible for the big move day.
If you want to conduct more research on our company, feel free to ask our customers on Facebook about their experiences, take a deep dive into our reviews, and check out all of our social media channels so you can see the excellent service and customer satisfaction that we provide.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you. Grab your FREE QUOTE today!