Things to know if you are moving out of state!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hamm Homes

Important Steps to Remember When Moving Out of State

Posted on Oct 19 2021 - 4:25pm by Housecall

By Meghan Belnap

Over the past year, more and more Americans have begun to expand their horizons when it comes to their careers and families. That horizon will often expand beyond their state's borders and into another state. Moving is stressful enough, but moving out of state can be a nightmare.

Related: Tips for Moving Out of a Storage Unit

Everything from legal paperwork to where you're going to stay is going to be on your mind. Below are a few important steps to remember when moving out of state:

Choose the Right Moving Service

Unless you're willing to give away 90% of your belongings, it's likely that you're going to need a professional moving service. However, homeowners often ignore or simply forget that not all companies are the same and thus will provide you with different levels of service.

For example, some moving companies don't work with animals, which means you may be left dealing with your pets all on your own. It's especially important to keep in mind the distance a moving company is willing to drive, as some will not cross state lines.

Arrange Mail Forwarding

Perhaps the most tedious aspect of moving from one state to another is having to transfer your mail service. Not only is it difficult to remember every single account you have connected to your address, but it can also be a risk to your finances if certain mail, such as credit card bills, keep ending up at your old home. A mail forwarding service will ensure that important mail is sent to your new residence.

Research Your New Location

Being new to a state is never easy, but with today's technology, at least you won't be lost as well. This is why it's highly recommended to research your state and city as much as possible. This research should include things such as state law and requirements, as well as where the nearest hospital and grocery stores are located. If you have children, you can set up a virtual meeting with their new school to figure out the best route to take and where they're allowed to be dropped off in the mornings.

As you can see from the information above, there are many things that you should keep in mind before moving out of state. Of course, there are more steps that you can take to make your move even easier, so continue reflecting on your or your family's needs.


Comments (7)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is good advice and a good article you shared on moving out of state.  Enjoy your Saturday.  A

Oct 23, 2021 01:13 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I've only moved from one State to another once Will Hamm but what I remember being the biggest hassle was changing my drivers license.

Oct 23, 2021 03:35 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Will Hamm very good helpful report about things to know if moving out of state.

Oct 23, 2021 04:46 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Yes, so many things to be aware of and remember to do when you are moving.

Oct 23, 2021 04:47 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Will - moving is rarely(maybe even never) easy and a long distance move can be fraught with more stress, right?  Proper preparation(along with the right expectations) certainly matter.  The article you included has some sage advice.  

Oct 24, 2021 03:51 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are important things to consider when making a move.  I hope that you are having a fun weekend.

Oct 24, 2021 04:35 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Even though we are involved in Real Estate everyday, we as Agents may sometimes forget about how hard it is to move, especially out of state, Great tips!

Oct 24, 2021 07:46 AM