How to Prepare for Moving Out of State

Preparing for an out-of-state move is entirely different than a local move. One would need to make several extra considerations for the moving process and preparing for life in a brand new state. At US Direct Movers, we want to make your satisfying experience as seamless as possible, which is why we’ve put together this guide on how to prepare for moving out of state.

Get rid of what you can:

Moving can grow more expensive out of state, and with the costs of fuel and the weight of your belongings, it’s best to get rid of what you can before moving. Garage sales or donations are great ways to declutter before you move. You can also have a moving sale where people can come and buy items you don’t want to bring with you. If you can get rid of some of your larger possessions or choose to buy more of your furniture in your new state, you can often save money on your move.

Pack properly:

Packing is likely one of the most important tasks for your out-of-state move. It would be best if you focused on keeping an inventory of your things and using the right packing materials. Be sure to use strong moving boxes, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts for your delicate items. Label each box with what you place inside and the room it’s going in. Labelling will make unpacking easier when you get to your new state. Upgrading your moving boxes to heavy-duty plastic or renting your moving boxes

Pack everything with care:

Unlike a move over a small distance, loose space in boxes will cause your items to shift and break during transport. It’s important to pack each box as full as possible and to use suitable packing materials like bubble wrap, packing paper, or moving blankets to keep your things secure.

Hire professionals:

Unless you have family or friends in your new state who can help you move, you may need to hire a moving company. This can be an extra cost, but it will save you time and energy in the long run. A moving company will also have the proper equipment to move your things safely.

Pack a small survival kit or luggage:

For the earliest days, you are in your home, and while you are on the road moving, you will need some essentials. Pack a small bag or suitcase with items like toiletries, a change of clothes, your phone charger, and any medication you take on a regular basis. This will help you get through the first few days in your new state until you can unpack and settle in.

Photograph all belongings before you leave:

For insurance purposes, it’s important to take pictures or a video of your belongings before you leave. This will help you file a claim if anything gets damaged during the moving process.

Change your address:

You will need to update your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and voter registration to your new address. You will also need to contact your current utility providers and have them shut off service at your old address and start service at your new address. The United States Postal Service offers a change of address service that will forward your mail for a limited time.

If you need the professional touch for your out-of-state move, we are here to help. Our moving services are designed to make your moving experience as seamless as possible. Request a quote from US Direct Movers today, and our moving professionals will be in touch.