How to move to another state

Moving to another state? This handy checklist will provide you with everything you need to know to make your move as smooth as possible.

NOTE: Because of current measures with COVID-19, be sure to check the current regulations in place for the state you’re moving to.

Visit your new state first

If possible, take the time to visit. If not, make the most of virtual 3D tours to get a feel for your new home, as you may need to be prepared to rent sight unseen.

Check local websites for details on key facilities such as good schools (if appropriate), shopping, leisure activities, and area safety. Local law enforcement agencies run websites with crime maps so you can make sure you’re moving to a safe area.

Use a trusted moving company

Select a reputable moving company with long experience, such as Moving can be a stressful experience, so you want to use professional services.

Consider renting pre-furnished

The fewer things to move, the smoother, so you may want to consider renting a furnished property. Make sure you get an itemized list, because technically a property can be considered to be furnished with only one stick of furniture!

Make a list of the facilities that are important to you

Start jotting down the facilities you often use as you use them. You’d be surprised how many different places we frequent without even realizing it. The more of these places you can find in your new home, the easier the transition will be for you.

Don’t forget to check WiFi and other connected services

Get the information you need regarding how to connect essential services such as WiFi. We don’t realize how dependent we are on services until we don’t have them.

Take a look at local transport and traffic

Don’t forget to check out the local transport facilities in your new area, as well as traffic patterns, commute times, and the walkability of your new town or city.

Check your professional license is valid

Requirements for doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, etc. can vary from state to state. Be sure that your qualifications will be valid in your new state. Check license transfer policies, if applicable.

Downsize as much as possible

Organize your belongings into piles: sell, trash, keep or give away. Note: Keep receipts for items that you donate, as some donations are tax-deductible.

Have emergency money ready

It’s good to have some extra funds set aside for unexpected expenses, especially when you can’t predict all of the costs that can come up when you move.

Purchase anything you’ll need for your new home online so you can have it delivered to the new address. Just make sure your online payment system is secure.

Get a pet license

Some states require pet licenses to comply with rabies vaccinations and other safety measures, so check if this applies to your pet.