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How to Plan an Interstate Relocation

Moving somewhere far away is an exciting step! However, preparing for an interstate relocation can be a complex and stressful process, and can take up a lot of your time, energy, and money. But, do not worry, as long as you start organizing and planning your interstate relocation on time, you will be alright. So, how does one prepare for this major task? Well, that is why we are here. We will share with you some tips and tricks for planning an interstate relocation. Thus, if this is something that may interest you, keep on reading.

Have a Job Lined Up

Of course, 99% of the people moving far away are doing that because they either found a new job or because they hope to find one soon. But there is also that 1%! Usually, those are the people moving to be closer to their family, to find love, to seek adventure, etc. So, if you are one of them, and if you already decided to move to a certain state, make sure you have a job waiting for you there before you start preparing for your interstate relocation. Reach out to potential employers, prepare your CV and cover letter, and make sure you are ready to ace that job interview.

Create a Strategic Moving Plan

Having a proper plan ahead of time is the key to having a successful interstate relocation, or any other kind of relocation for that matter. So, for example, if you plan on Moving to Portland, OR from some other state, the first thing you would need to do is set your moving date and budget. Then, you can plan your interstate relocation accordingly.

Take a day off, gather all the people who are moving with you, and discuss everything that must be done before the relocation. Take a piece of paper and write down everything. Of course, you do not have to follow this plan strictly later on, simply use it as a guideline that will help you stay on track and not forget something.

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The first step towards you relocation is making a plan.

Communicate Your Decision

Well, this one is straight-forward but still worth mentioning. So, once you decided that it is time to move, communicate your decision with everybody important to you! Of course, you should start by having a family meeting. If you have children, explain to them why this move is necessary and how your family will benefit from it. They may experience difficulties during this transition, so it is important to have these ‘meetings’ occasionally, be there for them when necessary, and answer all the questions they may have.

Reach out to your friends, family members, neighbors, and colleagues, and tell them about your upcoming plans as well. You will need all of their help and support while preparing for this international relocation. And, of course, do not forget to communicate this with your employer, your children’s schools, your pet’s vet, etc.

Hire an Experienced Moving Company

The next step towards planning your interstate relocation is to find the best crew for this job in Oregon if this is your destination of choice. Ideally, the best thing would be to hire movers, if, of course, your budget allows it. Professional movers will make sure that all your household items are safely packed and then transferred to your new address in no time. You will not have to worry about finding packing materials and moving trucks, heavy lifting, shipping regulations, etc.

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Book movers early for the best pricing.

So, if you need this kind of help for your upcoming interstate relocation, start looking for an experienced moving company as soon as possible. Ask your friends and family members whether they can recommend a company or two. Alternatively, you can go online and do some research on your own. Once you find a company you like, do not forget to do a background check and to ask for an in-home estimate as well. That is the best way to make sure that the company you plan on hiring is a legitimate one.

Find Your New Home Before Moving

Another task you must take care of before moving to another state is to find your new home. Just imagine how complicated your post-move life will be if you did not have a home waiting for you there. You will be forced to spend a fortune on hotels and storage units. Moreover, besides money, you will lose a lot of your time and energy as well. So, be smart, and find your new home before the relocation

Home moving

Start by researching the areas you want to settle in. Conduct market research and check all the possible market updates and listings. Again, this is a time-consuming task, so make sure you start searching ahead of time. If, however, you start to experience difficulties, consider hiring a real estate agent. He or she will help you find a dream home that suits your needs and your budget the most, as well as make you feel welcome and safe.

Schedule and Transfer Your Utilities

After you have found your new home, it is time to start thinking about all the utilities you have to transfer as well. Reach out to all the utility companies you and your family currently use (water, sewer, electricity, gas, cable, internet, phone, satellite, security system, etc.). Schedule a transfer and installation date!

If you have some magazine or newspaper subscriptions, either transfer them to your new address or cancel them completely. And, of course, do not forget to transfer your mail as well.

Declutter Before Packing

Do not forget to include decluttering, sorting, and organizing in your moving plan. This task, as well as all the other already mentioned above, will require some time and energy. So, once again, do them ahead of time! For this particular task, we recommend starting a couple of weeks before your moving day.

Start by making a list of all the items that you need in your new home. Prioritize! Prepare and pack only the items that are expensive, irreplaceable, and extremely valuable to you and your family. Do not get over-sentimental and pack everything you own, as moving too many things can cost you a fortune. So, declutter and pack only the necessities. The rest you can either donate to your local charity, give it to friends and family, sell online or at a garage sale, or throw away if it cannot be reused.

Take Care of Your Car

Be sure that bringing your car to a different state is not going to be a piece of cake. While you can drive it yourself, it might not be the best idea, depending on how far away your destination is.  First, consider whether shipping the car is worth it and if you can sell it and buy a new one after the relocation is complete. Oregon for example does not charge sales tax on the purchase of cars.  If the answer is no, then start making a car shipping plan immediately. Find a reliable and high-quality car shipper. Get accustomed to shipping policies and prepare your car for this interstate journey.

Moreover, speaking of cars, be sure that you will need a new driver’s license from your new state’s DMV. Transfer or apply for it before moving, as the process of getting a new one can last for up to a couple of months. Many states will require you to take a written test first. 

Contributed by Betty White

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