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Your interstate moving checklist

Moving home is stressful at the best of times–but a move interstate can bring with it a whole lot of other things to consider. From finding your new home to furniture removals, there are plenty of things to plan.  Here is your checklist of things to research before moving yours and your family’s life to a new state. 

Visit Your (Potential) New City 

This one seems incredibly obvious, but some people base their opinions of a new place through word of mouth or via internet research– where the likelihood of getting an accurate perspective of a new city is pretty slim. Visit the city and the surrounding areas and stay locally for a bit to get a feel for the place. Go to local tourist attractions and pick up flyers with recommended venues. Visit local hot-spots by researching on review websites such as TripAdvisor to see what locals are proud of! 

Research Schools

If you have school-age children, you’ll want to research what kind of education they’ll be getting in their potential new city. A quick Google will show you exactly what schools are in the area in different neighbourhoods, and use websites like the good schools guide to help with your research. You can compare schools and look into the best provision for your offspring’s education. 

Budget and Save 

Moving is e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e! Without a shadow of a doubt, moving out of state costs even more than traditional moving within the state–that goes without saying. It costs on average $4000 to move out of state if using a professional moving service. Other options are available, such as hiring your own van and asking friends to help shift furniture, but the $$ will still add up when fuel costs are added. Put more money aside than you think you may need for incidentals. However, if you’re lucky enough to be moving for the sake of a job- check with your company whether they have the budget to assist with relocation costs. 

Find a Place to Live

Apartment, studio, small house, large house- whatever your personal preference or need, it is necessary to find a place to live (Obviously). Ideally, you should find this place before you make the big move.  Likewise to finding any new home- think about what you need from a home. Like entertaining? An open plan kitchen/dining/living area will work well for you. Planning on growing your family in a new state? Think about the number of bedrooms you’ll need to fit people in.   

Research Moving Companies 

Now you’ve chosen the city and the place, it’s time to think about how you’re going to get there. Whether you choose to DIY or pay the professionals, make sure you get the service you need. Check reviews online and make contact with at least three to four different companies, ensuring that they are all licensed and insured to move all of your belongings interstate! 

There are plenty of extra things to do when moving interstate— do your research and plan well! 

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