Are you moving to a new state? Proper planning is critical to ensure that you move to a new place safely and without trouble.

Are you moving to a new state? Proper planning is critical to ensure that you move to a new place safely and without trouble.

Moving to a new state requires a lot of patience and planning. This is because, from finding a new place to live to packing all your belongings and shipping them to that new destination, there's so much to do! 

Moving to a new state? Important things to know

Indeed, it is a very time-consuming process. In case you are not very sure about where to start from, we are here to help you through:

  • Visit your new city or state at least once before you make the permanent move

Since you are unaware of the new location, at least one trip to that place will help you get a vibe of the place and the various neighborhoods that are there!  To make things a bit smoother-

  • Bring a guidebook with you
  • take the assistance of maps, brochures or tour guides.

If you are staying in a hotel during your visit, you may ask the concierge to provide you with some suggestions. Their recommendations can help you find good accommodation for you and your family.

  • Research about your new location

Try to understand all you can expect once you move to the new place. Gather as much information as possible through internet research or review sites. This will give you a fair amount of idea about the nearby -

    • markets
    • schools
    • trends
    • demographics and more! 
  • Figure out if there are any study centers nearby

If you have got school-age children, you need to keep this as a mandate in your to-do checklist while moving to a new state. If you send them to the public schools nearby, you should be aware of the top-rated schools in your neighborhood that also match your interest! It would be great if you have someone to provide you with some recommendations.

Also in case you aren't that lucky, you should try figuring it out all by yourself and that too, as soon as possible to ensure that your kids aren't compelled to survive! 

  • Keep a note of your budget vs your expenses.

Know that a move isn't easy or cheap! Even if you are planning for a move across 1000 miles and want to seek guidance from a professional mover, you will have to keep a note of the quote you shall be paying thereafter! 

Again, in case you are planning for a DIY move, you will need to take care of the truck rentals and the containers, as well as your moving supplies, alongside different other expenses. 

To chalk things out in a bit more organized manner, note down the amount you are willing to pay. Then list all the necessary moving expenses that you cannot choose to avoid! This will give you a better picture of what you can avoid and the amount you must have estimated! 

  • Chalk a budget for your cost of living changes

Since you are moving to a new state, it is obvious that your cost of living changes would also be there! Some expenses you can think of, include -

  • rent or mortgage expense
  • transportation
  • furniture/decor
  • monthly utilities
  • groceries and more! 

If you are willing to purchase a new house, you will need to count on the -

  • repairs and maintenance costs
  • homeowners insurance
  • property taxes. 


  • Budget for your taxes

Since you are going to move to a new state, you will need to have a fair estimation regarding the tax amount you will pay to establish your residency in the new state, alongside the amount you will have to bear in your home state. Although the tax softwares readily available on the internet today can help you pretty well in figuring out the amount, hiring an accountant or counting on can be of great assistance! Remember that property taxes vary from one state to another. Thus, you need to be mindful of the same. 

  • Check if you have employer relocation assistance

If you are moving to a new state for a job, check if your employer will cover your expenses therein! Although it is not always a mandate, many companies tend to offer a relocation package to their employees; thus, you should not miss it out either! If you are moving for work-related reasons, you may talk to the company and negotiate with them regarding the quote you received to settle all your moving expenses. If they offer you the budget, read through the breakdown well so that you know what they are exactly going to cover! 

  • Create a file to wrap all your documents together

File all the documents you would need in the new place and post your move together in a file or binder. Although it's a bit boring, it's necessary! From carrying your personal credentials to your bill estimate and inventory documents, you should keep everything in place. This is important to ensure you can find all the essential documents and not miss out on any! 

  • House-hunting task

Last but not the least, a reliable and experienced real estate agent will be the best person to guide you on this! You need to ensure that you have found a safe and budget-friendly place to live in, and that's what is difficult to make out! However, a knowledgeable person with adequate ideas about the market in and out will be apt to assist you regarding the legalities and paperwork too!