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Moving to a new different neighborhood in a whole different state can be very stressful. Yes, it’s exciting, but it tends to get overwhelming that you don’t know where to start. If you’re getting stressed with your moving, here are some ways that might help make stress-free moving possible when going to a new state:
Get familiar with the new state
The first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with the new place you’re going to. This way, you won’t get overwhelmed by finding out how to get around the area. With the advances in technology, it’s easy to search through the internet and find your place. You can then start finding out where the nearest pharmacy is, grocery store, bank, ATM, and other areas that you would need to run to once you get there. You can also find out any particular processes in the state that might differ from where you’re coming from. You can also try asking people you know who have been there and ask for their best recommendations. This way, you would have gotten an idea about the place and would no longer need to run around once you get there.
Start planning early
You would no longer have to cram and rush all ideas one week before your moving date by planning early. If possible, create a checklist of the things you need to do and form a timeline, whether this is when you should start packing up, when you’re moving out, when to call a moving company, and a lot more things that would involve your move. This way, you get a visual representation of all the things you need to attend to. So, by the time you move out, you’re all prepared without any last-minute interruptions.
Set a moving budget
Next, you should set a moving budget. You should be financially prepared when you’re moving to a whole new state because, honestly speaking, the cost wouldn’t be cheap. So, grab a pen and paper and list down all the possible expenses you’re going to have and how much each cost. Then, add that all up, find the five percent and add it again. The figure you get will be the budget that you need to have. Now that you have that budget, all you have to do now is find ways to save up from the original figures you’ve placed.
Research reliable moving companies
If you’re renting a moving truck, make sure to find the most reliable one. Again, go to your computer and look up the top moving companies around your area. You can also consider national van lines for state-to-state moves. Try to see who is on top and visit each of their websites. Here are the things you need to find out:
- Customer Reviews
- In-Home Estimate
- Extra Charges
If you think you’ve found the best moving company for you, don’t forget to review the contract, just to be safe.
Organize your boxes
One of the most stressful things about moving is packing. But, you can save yourself if you organize your boxes well. Make it easy by packing room by room. Then, label every box, so you know which room the items inside the boxes go. If possible, set up an inventory list to track your items. Essentials should be kept in one box. This is what you’d need on your first day, so you won’t have to unpack everything. And if you have valuable or fragile items, keep them in one box, too, but make sure not to label them specifically what’s inside. You’ll tempt thieves that way.
Forward your snail mail
Every time you’re moving, whether it’s temporary or permanent, forwarding your mail is important. This way, you won’t miss any important mail from family, friends, banks, and government agencies. It’s easy to do as all you need is to fill out a change of address form from USPS. You can do this online or in-person, whichever is more convenient for you. You can then select a date when to begin forwarding your mail, and everything else will be automatic.
Transfer your utilities
Other than your snail mail, you should also transfer your utilities. The last thing you want in your new home is that you won’t have water or electricity. So, always call your utilities ahead of time and let them know that you’re moving. Make sure to pay overdue bills if you still have them so you won’t have any problems.
Moving to a new place shouldn’t be something you should stress about. After all, you get to experience new things, meet new people, and start anew. This is easy. And if you follow the tips above, you can make moving fun and exciting.
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