Whether it’s for a job change, to be closer to family, or simply for new beginnings, moving to a new state is an exciting time. But it can also be a big undertaking. There are a lot of moving parts (no pun intended) in the process, and there may be some facets to your new residency you didn’t even think of or know about.
Here are a few things to consider before and during the big move.
Whether you want to do the physical moving yourself or would rather hire someone, it’s important to know what you’re getting into beforehand.
When it comes to moving companies, the old adage “you get what you pay for” couldn’t be any more appropriate. Just because they’re cheap doesn’t mean everything will arrive at its destination in one piece. Do you really want to be stuck in a new home without your couch, TV, or bed? Make sure the company you hire has an insurance policy, and make sure you read all the fine print before you sign your belongings away.
It’s also a good idea to check moving company reviews online. A quick Google search will give you an instant idea of a company’s reputation and quality of service. And sites like unpakt.com let you quickly and easily compare multiple movers at the same time, including reviews and rates.
Vehicle laws vary from state to state, meaning when you move you’re going to have to go through the often painful process of registering your car in another state. This means you have to not only get a new driver’s license and license plates, but also potentially pay taxes on your vehicle. Depending on the state’s vehicle emissions laws, you may even have to get your car inspected before it can be registered. Check the website for the Department of Motor Vehicles in your new state for all the information, requirements, and forms you may need before you move.
You must also update your vehicle’s insurance policy to reflect your new address. Because some insurance companies do not offer policies in some states, and it’s illegal to drive without insurance, you may need to find another auto insurance provider.
Many folks don’t know that the IRS will actually let you deduct some moving expenses – such as packing and shipping, household goods, and travel expenses – if you’re moving due to a change in your job or your job’s location. That stuff can add up to a lot of money! Of course, there are some stipulations.
First, your new workplace must be at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your old job location was from your old home. Second, you must work full-time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months immediately following your move. Meet these criteria and you may have yourself a sizable deduction.
Review the IRS’s policy and get access to the appropriate paperwork from the official IRS website.
Utilities & Home Services
One of the most time-consuming aspects of moving is getting your utilities and home services in order.
To make the process easier for you, there are several online websites that allow you to connect to multiple services at once. These sites act as a sort of middle man, hooking you up with everything from electricity and gas to cable and Internet.
It’s important to note that you may have more or fewer options than your previous residence. For instance, some states allow you to choose from several electric providers competing in a geographic area. Also, if you’re moving to a more rural area, you may not have cable or certain Internet providers available to you, as they often only serve major metropolitan area. In such instances, satellite Internet may be your best choice. If you’re in the market, HughesNet is a trusted satellite Internet provider with some of the fastest speeds out there.
After you have finally gotten all of the moving taken care of and you’ve gotten plenty of relaxation, you’re probably going to want to do something fun. But what do you do if you don’t know anyone in the area to enjoy an activity with?
Fortunately, it’s easy with online social tools like Meetup.com. Meetup.com allows you to search geographically for things to do, and it’s the perfect platform for making friends in a new area. And if you have particular tastes, don’t worry about not finding people with similar interests. There’s a meetup group for just about everything – from volleyball and kayaking to poetry and sewing.
Consider these five areas and you’ll have the most seamless, convenient move you’ve ever experienced before. Good luck!