Although the process of selling your current home and moving your belongings across the country may vary, there are some checklist items that should be helpful to all who are relocating to an unfamiliar area. If you are ready to take that long-distance trek to your next home in a new state, be sure to review these easy tips before your moving team arrives. Hint: most can be checked off within a day's time!
- Change Your Address at the Post Office
Alright, this one may seem obvious. However, in the midst of packing, working your day around house showings, and managing appointments on top of your regular daily activities and trying to spend time with nearby friends and relatives, notifying the post office of your new address can slip easily slip one's mind. If you are unsure of where you will be living temporarily, it may be best to go in person to the local post office to discuss your best options.
- Contact All Service Providers and Financial Institutions
Along with your change of address for the post office, be sure to notify your service providers and financial institutions of your new address. While updating your address, let current providers know when they should stop any home-related services such as power, gas, cable, phone, and Internet. Then, ask the realtor helping you purchase your next home who to contact to have these services connected before you arrive. If you are moving into a rental unit, ask the landlord which companies provide these services in the area.
- Notify Your Insurance Carrier
Although you may think the attorney at your closings will notify your insurance carrier, a quick phone call may give you peace of mind knowing you will not be over-billed. On that note, if you have not already done so, ask your insurance carrier how much your next home will change your current rate to help you prepare for future bills. Also, be clear with your lender on whether or not you wish to escrow as this can make a significant difference on your billing statement.
- Design Your Space on Graph Paper
Something moving companies wish their clients would do before moving day is to measure their furniture and make cut-outs of each item on graph paper. An easy way to convert feet to graph paper is to consider one square the same as 1 foot. When you find your next home, measure each room individually and draw it out onto a sheet of graph paper. Now, you can play with where you want your furniture to go so that you are ready to instruct the movers when they arrive with your belongings.
- Check out all Security Options
There are a number of ways to stay safe in a new and unfamiliar area. One of them is to install a security system in your home that is monitored by vendors like CPI and ADT. But, these days, there are smart home products you can manage from your phone or watch plus many other security options to explore. Of course, you may find getting a dog is your favorite and most cuddly security method of all!
- Update Your License, Vehicle Registration, & License Plate
It is important to check with your state DMV for their requirements. Most states will give you 30 days to update your driver's license and vehicle registration with your new address and change your license plate to reflect your new state. Unfortunately, this may be something you will need to do in person as it may require an updated photo. Learn more details about your future state's requirements by visiting their DMV website.
- Send Your New Address to Friends and Family
This is another one of those items that is easy to forget when things are moving fast. The great news is you can have fun with it! One idea is to send out personalized cards and emails that you can make from photos taken in your new location.
- Check with the Locals
Every move comes with the dread of having to find new doctors, a favorite grocery store, the nearest schools, or a gym that works for your fitness goals. To make this transition smoother, spend some time online researching places you would normally need to visit and speak with some of the area locals as you get plugged into activities and work.
- Meet the Neighbors
Speaking of locals, your neighbors can be your best asset in a long-distance move. They can provide tons of useful information on the area's happenings, restaurants, hangouts, and healthcare clinics. Plus, neighbors can look out for one another and help you feel more protected in your new home.
- Review HOA Rules
Everyone gets excited about making some minor changes to their new home when they first move in. However, some homeowner associations require you to submit a formal request for approval of any internal or external alternations, including the addition of trees and shrubs. Therefore, be sure to review your HOA rules prior to making any improvements.
As you can see from a quick scan of the above checklist items, there are some things best handled before you move from your current home. Thankfully, most items on this list can be checked off without leaving the house! The rest are either state requirements or will help to make your move across the country a smoother transition. If you are ready to make that decision to move long-distance and you would like a quote for packing, moving or storage solutions, contact us to see how affordable a professional moving company can be. We look forward to helping you with all your moving needs!