Relocating to a different state can be either an insanely stressful or an uber exciting moment in your life. How positive your experience is depends on how well prepared you are for your moving day. Luckily for you there are some simple steps to start your new life in a different state on the right track. Remember! A big move doesn’t have to mean a big headache.
Start With The Right State of Mind
If moving homes can be stressful, moving interstate can be even more stressful. That said, starting such a big process with the right state of mind is essential and will definitely make things easier. Interstate moves imply a natural increase in the number of factors that can affect transit time and stress factors.
Knowing this in advance will help you stay calm and face these challenges in a less dramatic way. Being flexible and preparing to accommodate yourself to these situations will allow you to have a more pleasant (and less stressful) moving experience.
Communicate Your Decision
Once you’ve made up your mind and decided that moving interstate is right for you or your family, you need to communicate your decision to your parents, relatives and friends. If you have children, you need to let them know first as it is something that will impact their lives, especially if they are in school age or they are teenagers.
Let your employer know as well in advance, especially if you’ll need to quit your job and somebody else will need to fill in your position or if it is something that you can do virtually.
Declutter Your Home
There’s probably no better time than the months leading up to a move to really declutter your home and get rid of all those things that we haven’t used for a long time and (let’s face it) probably aren’t going to use much in the future.
Decluttering your home will make packing much easier as you’ll know exactly what needs to be put into boxes and what doesn’t, not to mention that it will help the moving company you choose to provide you with a more accurate (and lower) quote.
Find The Right Interstate Movers
Having the right interstate movers is essential for a successful move. Relocating is not easy, but without the right professionals handling and moving your belongings, it becomes all the more difficult to handle.
It is highly advisable that you do thorough research to find the moving company that best adjusts to your needs. Ask for and look for online reviews and be as detailed as possible when describing from and where to you’re relocating, what items you’ll need to relocate (how many pieces of furniture?, any large or delicate object?, pets?, plants?) as it is all relevant information that will allow the removalists to provide you with a more accurate quote.
Then, you only need to evaluate the different quotes and decide the one that gets closer to your budget while providing you with a high quality service.
Beware of Quarantine Restrictions
Inform yourself about quarantine restrictions that may impact your move interstate as they may prevent you from moving certain animals or plants from one state to the other.
When packing for an interstate move, doing it wisely is essential. Throwing things into boxes and bags will help no one and you’ll end up losing things and having a huge mess around your house.
Most removalists will provide you with special boxes to help you pack your belongings but any hard cardboard box will be great as well. Go one room at a time and start putting everything away. It is advisable that you start packing the things that you’re not going to use such as delicate and fragile items. Wrap them in bubble wrap. Label each box clearly and indicate its content and the room it belongs to. Most clothes can be easily packed in suitcases while dresses and shirts can be hung in something like a suit bag.
Personal documents and important objects such as your laptop, mobile phones or medications shouldn’t get lost. Make sure you know where they are at all times during the move!
Avoid packing things in plastic bags as it is very likely that you or anybody helping you with the moving process will throw them away accidentally.
For electronics like home theater systems to make reconnecting everything again easier and not seem like a nightmare, take a picture of the wires before you unplug everything so that you have an idea of what everything should look like afterwards. Always pack the electronic items with their wires, and beware where you put the TV remote!
Inform Central Companies About Your Move
Redirecting your mail to your new address, as well as membership subscriptions or bills is important, especially during the first couple of months when you still have too many things to handle in your new home and the less things you have to worry about, the better.
Before moving, make sure that you have no outstanding bills and that you have notified your internet service provider, telecommunication and energy provider and your insurance company that you’re moving interstate.
The mere idea of starting a new life in a different state can be as exciting as it is overwhelming. Finding a new job or getting used to new workmates, helping our children adjust to their new school and simply discovering the best places to run errands is a process that demands lots of effort and patience. That said, it is important to make sure that the interstate moving process runs as smoothly as possible and that we rely on professional moving services to help us get our possessions to our new home.