Let’s paint a picture.
You’ve just finished a mighty game of Tetris with the moving boxes, the family waves goodbye to a house once-called home, and you’ve all settled in for a long road (or plane) trip. It’s official! You’re moving out of state.
Moving can be a stressful time, but relocating from one state to another requires quite the leap of faith. First came packing, then came the journey to your new community—but surprise! Because you made the switch to a different state, a few things might have slipped your mind.
No need to worry! Jason Warren & Associates is here with 8 things to add to your to-do list when moving out of state:
1. Visit Your Future Destination. It’s always a good idea to get the lay of the land when it comes to your future home. Drive the neighborhood streets and map out the closest schools, parks, grocery stores, and gas stations. These are important features of every-day life, and having a better understanding of your future surroundings will offer an easier transition.
2. Change Your Billing Address. Don’t forget to switch all your bills to the proper address. Not sure where to start? Here are some examples to remember:
- Utilities. Gas, water, electricity, even garbage pickup! Most of the companies that offer these services vary by state. Tip: Ask your real estate agent for a list of recommended vendors.
- Credit Cards. Most people opt for online billing payments, but if you’re one of the few who prefer paper statements, don’t forget to update your address for your credit cards.
- Insurance. Moving across state lines could be a good opportunity to start shopping for local rates. If you’re looking for a new insurance source, now could be a good time to switch for a more competitive price.
3. Voter Registration. It’s easy to forget about this item on a to-do list, so don’t put it off until it’s too late! A new state means a whole new pool of political candidates.
4. Pet Registration. Yes, pets need to be registered with the state. Each city varies when it comes to how many furry friends (and which types) you can include in your humble abode, so make sure that you are registered and up to date.
5. Forward Your Mail. Don’t let your favorite magazine subscriptions and family Christmas cards get lost in the mail! Make sure to set up a mail forward with the post office before moving away. USPS will forward your mail to your new address for up to a year.
6. Look for New Wi-Fi & Cable Companies. Are you all about Xfinity? Maybe Google Fiber? Take a look at what your future neighborhood provides and get your home set up. Trust us, people will be asking for your Wi-Fi password the minute those neighbors come over for a backyard BBQ.
7. New Driver’s License. Each state’s deadline varies when it comes to switching over your driver’s license. Research what your new state’s requirements are before you officially relocate.
8. Get to Know Your Neighbors. The boxes are in, the dust has settled—it’s time to get out and meet some people! Introduce yourself to your neighbors or sign-up for the local gym or rec club. One of the easiest ways to meet people is through a mutual activity or hobby.
Moving from place to place is exactly what you make of it—so it’s up to you if you choose to plant roots where you’re at or transplant to the next best location. Either way, you got this!