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Your Checklist for Moving Out of State

Congratulations on your big move! Moving out of state, whether it’s just from New Jersey to New York or all the way from North Carolina to California, can be a hassle. Don’t let yourself get stressed out and bogged down by the details. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Start Packing ASAP

Sometimes, you don’t have a ton of time to prepare for a move, and sometimes, you have a year or more to plan. Either way, start packing items you don’t use daily as soon as you know you’re moving. You’ll find that starting early will not only alleviate your stress, but will also give you more time to sort through the things you need and the things that can be given away or thrown away. Speaking of…

2. Get Rid of Stuff

There’s no better time than when you’re moving to get rid of things you don’t really need. Are you still holding on to your prom dress from 15 years ago, or that pair of shoes that hurts your feet within 30 seconds of putting them on? Toss ’em! Find your nearest donation center (Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.) and let your unwanted stuff find a new home.

3. Find a Reliable Mover

You’ll want to make sure you trusting the contents of your home with someone reliable. Research moving companies for not only the best rates, but also the best ratings. Once you’ve chosen a mover, check out their licensing information before signing any contracts.


4. Make Sure to Forward Your Mail

If you’re moving out of state, there won’t be an easy way to drop by and retrieve any mail that’s been misdirected. That’s why you need to be sure to forward your mail before you leave. Use the official United States Postal Service address change form to indicate where your mail will be sent. There’s a place to say when the mail forwarding should begin, so they’ll have plenty of time to get your request processed before the big day.

5. Pack a Bag for at Least a Week

Whether your move will be a quick 2-hour drive or a week-long venture, make sure you have a bag packed with the things you’ll need to have access to while everything else is packed. Pack several sets of clothes, toiletries, and medications for each member of your family in a separate suitcase. Make sure you also have entertainment for yourself and your kids: books, tablets, other electronic devices, and magazines can keep everyone occupied while the movers are doing their thing.

Above all else, stay calm! Moving can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Take a moment to envision how happy you’ll be in your new home, take a deep breath, and enjoy the experience of having a fresh new start.