Moving to a different state is full of unknowns, but with that uncertainty comes excitement and the promise of a fresh start. Maybe you got a new job or you’re finally retiring, or maybe you’re moving back to your home state to be closer to loved ones. Whatever your reason may be, moving to another state can be a bit more complicated than moving across town. At Master Movers, we specialize in stress-free long distance moves, and we have some savvy advice to offer to anyone who’s taking the plunge.
Here are a few important things to consider:
The Cost of Living
A possible change in the cost of living is a critical factor in moving to a new state. Right now, you’re used to paying a certain portion of your income on housing, groceries, transportation, and entertainment. But, you could wind up paying significantly more to achieve that same standard of living in a different area of the country. Before you start looking for a new job in a new state, find a cost of living calculator like this one, and see how far your salary will go. Doing so could help you negotiate for a better paycheck and avoid some serious financial surprises.
If you are a licensed professional in a specific field, it’s really important to make sure that your license is transferable when moving to a new state. There may be paperwork to fill out and other hoops to jump through before you can legally practice in a different state, so it is best to work out all of the details before you uproot your life. Professions that often require licensing changes from state to state include:
Contact the licensing board in your new state to make sure you know exactly what you need to do to continue your profession once you move.
Minimize Your Possessions
Moving across the country is a lot different than moving across town. When moving locally you have the convenient ability to make multiple trips if needed, but that isn’t always practical or affordable when you’re moving long distance. To minimize costs and simplify your move, it’s best to get rid of any items that you don’t need or want. Go through your garage and other storage spaces and sell or donate things you haven’t been using or forgot all about. This process can be a bit difficult, but purging your belongings can not only make moving easier, but also help you get organized and streamline your life.
Once you arrive in your new state, also make sure to register your vehicle and get a new driver’s license as quickly as possible. If you plan ahead, moving out of state can be a piece of cake!
Contact Master Movers Moving & Storage for help with your long distance move! We’ll provide the care and affordability you need, and the experience you can trust! Call 503-762-1288 or email us at CustomerService@westcoastmoving.com today!