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Mar 08

The 3 Ways To Prepare For An Out Of State Move

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One of the best things about living in a big country like the US is that there are lots of places where you can settle down and take advantage of another area’s advantages. For instance, if the area where you live has a high cost of living, long commutes, or simply doesn’t fit your lifestyle, you can move to another state that suits your needs better.

With all the homes for sale in Atlanta GA, for example, you could sell your house in the Northeast with its rough winters, high cost of living, and crowded conditions and move to an area that is better for you. It isn’t easy to make a cross-country trip, however. It pays to be prepared before you take on the challenge of moving to another state. In this article, we will go over the ways that you can be prepared ahead of time.


1 – Figure out the moving and storage options

There are a lot of ways to get your things from your old house to the new one. Each method will depend on your needs. You can have a moving company come in and literally pack all of your things in boxes so you don’t have to lift a finger. Then everything can be moved and even unboxed in your new home when you arrive. At a cost, of course.

If you are on a budget, you can do it all yourself including renting a big truck, loading it yourself, and driving it to your new home. Everything depends on your budget and how much stuff you think you’ll be moving.

A good middle ground is to rent a container that sits on your lean and you load up a little at a time when you have things boxed and ready to go. Then, it gets picked up by a flatbed truck, moved to your new house, and is there waiting for you when you get there. At that point, you can take your time unloading it so you can set up the house before bringing everything inside.


2 – Set up utilities ahead of time

One of the problems with moving to another state is often they have different utility companies than you are using currently. This makes switching things like electricity, gas, and internet over to your new house a bit tricky. It will take a bit more planning to carry this out and have everything set up before you get there.

Make sure to find out which companies service the area where you plan to move so you can call them and find out what is needed to turn on your service if you aren’t able to simply switch. It’s a good idea to do this a couple of months ahead of time.


3 – Downsize

Before any move, it is a good idea to get rid of as much stuff as possible. When it comes to an out-of-state move, it is even more essential. Take some time to go through your things and make a list of what to throw away or recycle, what can be upcycled, and what can be sold. It’s a good bet that you have a lot of things that you accumulated over the years that you have no use for any longer.


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