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Your Checklist for Moving to a New State

Are you moving from one state to another? My name is Laura, and I am a real estate expert. I work in multiple states and find that many of my clients don't know that each state has different laws about moving. For example, some states require you to get a new drivers license and car registration immediately while others give you a significant grace period. Some states require you to pay a fee for property you register while others do not. I will provide a checklist of things you need to consider before moving from one state to another. I hope you will learn a lot that can make your move easier.


Your Checklist for Moving to a New State

Often-Forgotten Moving Tasks To Add To Your To-Do List

by Lester Herrera

Moving can seem like an overly burdensome project if you look at it as one big task. Even if you break it down into the larger components, like packing and driving to your new location, you're likely to miss some vital steps along the way and find yourself scrambling to make up for your errors at the last minute.  Add these little tasks to your moving checklist so you don't forget them.

Change your address.

It can take a few weeks for the post office to process your change of address request and start actually sending your mail to the new residence. So don't put this one off! Stop in the next time you're near the post office and fill out that form. They typically ask for a moving date, so even if you're a month or more away from moving, it's best to just get this done now so you don't miss out on important mail once you move.

Make a list of items you need to pack yourself.

Even if you're hiring a moving company to pack your things, there are some items you'll want to pack yourself: valuable jewelry, underwear, and valuable art are among them. Make a list of these items now so that when moving day arrives, you can get these items packed up quickly without worry that you're missing something. Consider keeping this list handy on your fridge so you can add other "pack yourself" items to it as you think of them over the coming weeks.

Save some extra cash.

Moving can be quite expensive. When you arrive at your new place, you're bound to find things you need. You don't want your account to be totally empty because you just paid the movers and did not allow for enough of a cushion. So aim to save, at a minimum, a few hundred dollars for surprise moving-relate expenses that come up. You might need to cut back on entertainment, pick up an extra side gig or two, or avoid eating out for a few weeks to help meet your savings goal.

Call utility companies.

Sometimes it takes utility companies a few days to switch accounts over after you move in. You don't want to be without power on the first few days in your new place, so call ahead well in advance to tell them what day to switch the utilities over to your name.

For more tips, contact a company like My Angel Movers.