Are you preparing to move from another state? Relocating across state lines can be overwhelming, especially if it’s not well-planned. Whether you’re a working professional or a family, you want your move to be as smooth as possible. That’s why we put together this checklist for moving to a new state to help you have a successful move. We even broke it down into a timeline to help you plan.  

8 Weeks Before the Move

1. Hire a moving company to move your belongings.

A good moving company that has experience with interstate moves should be at the top of your list. Research moving companies and hire one that meets your needs and has a good report with customers. Plan to ship your belongings early so that they arrive at your destination on time and make your move a lot less stressful. 

Tip: Get quotes from at least three moving companies. Compare prices and quality of service before choosing who to hire. 

2. Make a realistic moving budget and stick to it. 

Moving isn’t cheap. It’s best to know how much you can spend on the move and plan accordingly. A budget will help keep you from spending money on unnecessary expenses. Also, set aside ten percent of the final estimate to cover any hidden fees or surprises. 

Tip! Create a moving budget spreadsheet to stay organized and share the budget with the whole family. 

3. Notify your children’s current school and research new schools in the new location. 

Search the area for the best school district for your family. Check their effectiveness based on standardized tests and the percentage of students who attend college. 

Once you’ve chosen the new school, notify the current school to transfer educational records. Your child’s current school will contact the new one for the enrollment protocol and record-transfer procedures. 

Tip: Don’t forget to check the culture and academics of the district.

4. Create a plan of action for packing.

Start cleaning out things you don’t want to move or no longer need. 

Take inventory of the items you own for insurance purposes. 

5. Pack things you don’t plan to use. 

Order packing supplies or collect free boxes. 

Four Weeks Before the Move

1. It’s time to change your mailing address.

It’s time to change your mailing address at USPS, even if no one is at your new address yet. If you don’t have a new address, you may want to rent a P.O. Box in your new location. 

Tip: Regular mail forwarding costs $1, and premium costs $20 per month. 

2. Secure your living arrangement. 

If you haven’t already visited the area you’re moving to and purchased a home or found a place to rent, now is the time to secure your living arrangements. 

Tip: Research the cost of living, and the safety and culture of the neighborhood. Check for unstaged photos of the area if you are moving before traveling to the new city. 

3. Contact utility companies about the transfer of service. 

Now is the time to set up the disconnect date for your current location and schedule for service connection in the new place. 

Two Weeks Before the Move

1. Confirm services with the moving company. 

Call the moving company you hired or rental truck company to confirm reservation details, like pick-up time. If you’re shipping your car, prepare it for transport. 

2. Finish packing.

You should’ve already started packing, but now it’s time to finish. When packing, remember to:

  • Label boxes clearly by room.
  • Create a photographic inventory. 
  • Measure your larger items.
  • Clean out the fridge.
  • Keep important documents and identification cards on you; don’t pack them.  

Tip: Save money by packing items essential to you.  

Get ready for moving day.

Prepare ahead for moving day and for your first night in the new home. We recommend that you pack an overnight bag with essentials to get you through the first 24-hours so you don’t have to go searching for items you may need. 

Tip: Pack some cash to tip the moving crew or pay for any food you need to order.

After You’ve Moved In

Congratulations! You’re all moved into your new home in your new state. There are a few things you’ll want to do after arriving. 

  • Go through the inventory you created and check for lost for damaged items. 
  • Establish residency for legal purposes such as for taxes and voting. Every state has different requirements. 
  • Update your driver’s license and vehicle registration. 

Checklist for Moving to New State

That’s it! We hope you find this checklist for moving to a new state helpful. What other tips do you have for moving across state lines? 

Scissortail is where people not only live, work, and play, but build relationships, put down roots, and get involved in a way that creates a better quality of life for themselves, their neighbors, and the community at large.

Economic opportunities, excellent schools, and low cost of living draw families from all over the country to make their home in Northwest Arkansas. This area routinely ranks as one of the best places to live in the U.S. 

We invite you to see why Scissortail is the place you’ll want to call home.

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