Moving out of state isn’t a decision that is taken lightly for anyone. Picking up and settling in another part of the same state can be difficult enough, but when moving to a different state entirely, there are a host of new concerns to think about. Understanding what to expect when crossing state lines will help you handle the relocation process properly and with confidence.
Hire a moving company.
First of all, make sure that you have the right moving company hired to handle your move. You should get quotes from at least three different companies before choosing one. Make sure to ask them questions about how they handle out-of-state moves. If you need suggestions on moving companies, please check out the HUNT Homeowners Club for more information on HUNT approved vendors. Federal regulations mandate that moving companies must hand out brochure material about moving across state lines to reside in a new state, which will further explain your rights and responsibilities.
Purchase mover’s insurance.
You may want to purchase mover’s insurance to protect against the risk of your personal belongings or furniture potentially being damaged in transit to your new home. This insurance is typically not too expensive and can be a great comfort to you.
Keep packing costs low.
Do what you can to keep your packaging costs low. Next to the moving company, packaging will make up the lion’s share of your moving costs. Cardboard boxes are cheap and you can purchase them in bulk. U-Haul will even buy back unused boxes if you buy too many. If you’re looking for a more durable option, plastic containers could be a good option. They may be more expensive but are useful for more fragile items. Using a combination of cardboard and plastic containers is a great option.
Purge items you don’t need.
If you can, reduce the number of belongings coming with you to help keep your moving costs down. Gather items that you can part with and try to hold a yard sale to get rid of them and make a little extra cash towards your move. Try out the Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist for larger furniture items. There are also a number of organizations that will accept donations. Be sure to check with them to see what items they are accepting and if you need to drop them off or schedule a pick-up before your move.
With HUNT Real Estate ERA, finding a residence in a different state is made easy. Trust our expertise to get you to a new state without a worry.
For more information on relocation, contact:
Director of HUNT Relocation
HUNT Relocation Services