5 Tips When Moving to Another State

| Updated on March 1, 2024

Are you planning to move to another state, and you have no idea what awaits you? This is going to be a frightening and challenging task. Take a breather and get your thoughts in order, and it can be the best journey of your life! Moving to a new state is one of life’s most extraordinary experiences! It is the opportunity for new beginnings and memories, so don’t talk yourself out of it! 

This is your opportunity to see what else is waiting for you. Consider this journey to be your final frontier! It is just going to take you putting one foot in front of the other. It is your time to be bold and see what is on the other side of the side-lines! However, if you want this journey to go off without a hitch, it will take some research and planning to ensure you know exactly what you are getting into. Consider the fact that there are huge differences just within the United States. The North is completely different from the South, and the same is true with the East and West Coast. If you are ready to accept and embrace those changes, you are setting yourself up for greatness! 

Moving Companies 

If you are planning a move, a moving company can make the process so much easier. However, it is essential to go through the list of best full-service movers, read their testimonials and check references. If they are listed with the BBB, a simple check of their rating is wise as well. Were they able to adequately resolve any disputes? Additionally, how many disputes have they had within the past year? Does the company outsource their jobs to other fleets, or do they own their moving trucks and employees? All of these are essential questions that must be answered to ensure a safe and reliable move. One of the last things you want to do is hire a moving company that does not own their trucks. Likewise, if you plan to use a POD, ensure that it is a trucking company that has been in business for several years. You must research the various full service moving companies you plan on using. 


It is essential to have some form of living accommodations already lined up before moving. While you may consider living with friends or relatives or even in a hotel, this can get rather old quite quickly. This is why it is essential to have some form of housing prepared. Research the city and state that you plan to move to online and select a realtor in the area to help you with housing. This one simple step will help to ensure a less stressful move. 

Downsize Your Life 

When you prepare to move to another state, you’ll soon be overwhelmed by the amount of clutter within your life and home. It is easier and less expensive to replace mugs, small appliances, furniture, dishes, and other household needs in some cases. It is more important to select items that are essential to your life or have sentimental value. This will allow you to save money on moving companies or self-moving equipment. Set a weekend aside and go through your home and either trash the items or donate them. You’ll be able to replace these items rather quickly and probably would be less expensive than hauling them to another state. 

Emotional and Physical Preparation 

It may be hard to believe, but some of your family and friends may not be fully in support of your move. You’ll likely hear questions about why you are moving and how can you leave your family behind. While it may be challenging, it is just one of the times in your life that you will have to ignore these people. While they may be happy in their situation, they need to understand that some people have to spread their wings and explore the world. Keep in mind that moving is a significant first step in your life and more than likely an opportunity to explore the world. If you have people trying to hold you back, it is best to cut ties with them physically and keep in contact via social media and phone. If you have people who do not understand why you need to move, you should take it personally. Understand that this is more than likely the best situation and decision for yourself. Keep the path to your new place firmly in front of you and enjoy moving into a new state. 

Mini Staycation 

It is essential to take the time and visit a state before you upright and move to it. There may be some cases where a state is not exactly what you’re expecting or wanting. Staying in a state for a weekend or a week gives you better insight into what you can expect from living in the state. Once you have found the right state, then you can start making preparations to move. Go through all of your things and get rid of whatever you do not need. Only keep the most essential and sentimental items. If you plan to hire a moving company, always check on the references before you hire them. Have all your housing and utilities lined up and ready to go. If you follow these simple tips, you’ll have a fun and stress-free move. We wish you the best move and enjoy the journey!

Helly Hales


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