Tips for Relocating to a Different State

Posted on: 26 August 2016

You may need to relocate to a different state for family or work. Either way, the move will be big. Whether you do it on your own or with children, you'll need to be as organized as possible. Here are four top tips for relocating to a different state.

Note Everything You'll Need

Before you start, make a list of everything that you're going to need to do. This will include finding a new place to live, organizing movers, and selling your current property. Have everything on a list, and cross items out as you complete them. This will help you avoid missing anything accidentally.

Don't think about the details at first. Just get the basics on your list. You can then create lists for each section of the move to get into the gritty details when you work on them.

Ask for Help

Don't be afraid to ask others for help. You can get friends to help with the moving of furniture into a van or ask family members to help look after the kids. More hands will make it much easier to keep your move as stress free as possible.

One part of help that some people overlook due to cost is hiring movers. They already have the experience to make state relocations easier and quicker. They'll even be able to do some of the packing and unpacking for you. You can visit sites such as to find moving companies in your area. 

Budget for Every Little Thing

This will be much easier with your list. You don't just want to think about the cost of renting or buying. You'll need to budget for changes to your insurance costs (especially car and home). You'll need to factor in the cost of gas to get between states and any changes to your utilities. It can cost between $8,000 and $14,000 to move between states.

Discuss the Move with Your Children

If you are moving as a family, make sure everyone is aware of the situation and what to expect in the new place. Children will worry about leaving their friends behind, and some may be upset about leaving other family members (depending on the reason for your move). Help them settle with the idea of the move and find elements that they can look forward to. The easier you make it for them, the easier they will find the move when they get to their new state.

Moving states can be expensive, so you need to save up and plan everything in detail. Take the time to make lists to get organized and discuss the move with your children. Don't forget to ask for help when you need it to keep the move as stress free as possible.