Moving out of state can be a big challenge for anyone. There is so much involved that you can easily become stressed, and no one can blame you.

There’s so much to think about, and countless things you have to remember. Even the smallest details going missing can result in a disaster, so it’s vital you make sure you are organised and take into account everything you need to do.

There are a lot of things to go through and you need to make sure you check them all off, which is always much easier said than done. That’s why we’re here to tell you about the five things most people forget with state to state moving and how to make sure you don’t.

  1. You can get quotes from moving companies before you hire them. Finding a moving company which is good value for money can be vital in saving you funds during the moving process. Getting a quote from a removal company can also play a big role in helping you decide which to choose. Most people forget that this is the case, and end up hiring companies without looking into any of the potential prices. You should aim to get quotes from at least three companies in order to compare them, and try to look at companies who will actually come to your home to have a look. This will allow them to come up with a very accurate amount, rather than just hazarding a guess over the phone. Be as honest as possible when telling companies about the possessions you’ll be moving, as this will reduce the chances of you being shocked when you get additional costs at the end of the process. You may also be able to get breakdowns of the costs; insurance, packing, hourly rates and mileage are all aspects to find out the cost of prior to hiring a company, and you should also look into whether or not the company charges for overtime- this can add a significant amount to your total cost.
  1. You’ll most likely have to get a new driver’s license. Most states require you to apply for a new driver’s license after having lived in a new state for a certain amount of time, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get it sorted. To transfer your out-of-state driver’s license, visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles office. While requirements vary from state to state, you’ll most likely need: your current driver’s license, proof of residency (lease, electric bills, etc), proof of your social security number and an additional form of identification, such as a birth certificate.
  1. You don’t have to take absolutely everything with you. Deciding on what you’re going to take with you when you move state can be one of the more challenging aspects of the relocation. Although it might seem tempting at first to take absolutely everything you own with you, this most definitely shouldn’t be the case. This will only add to the weight of your moving bags or boxes, which in turn will significantly increase the cost of moving your belongings. You should only pack the things you’ll really need for the move, and get rid of any things you’ve been hoarding. Throw out any out of date electronics, unused clothes or anything that will only serve to weigh you down. Put these sort of items into charity shops or something of the sort- they may be of no more use to you, but they might be of use to someone else. Conversely, you could try to sell them for a bit of extra cash to fund your moving costs.
  1. You can provide briefs to moving companies out of state. This is another common thing people tend to forget when they’re looking into hiring moving companies. Briefing a moving company before hiring them will also allow you to get the best possible deal. You should inform them of any items that need special packing, such as family heirlooms or expensive ornaments. Difficult-to-move items, such as musical instruments and large pieces of furniture, should be included in the brief to allow for extra space and hands on the job. Let them know if you’ll be taking any items by yourself, and provide them with a floor plan of your new property so that they know which order to load and unload items in. Providing companies with this information will give you a clearer idea of whether or not they are up to the task, and whether or not they will be good value for money. It’ll also give you the best possible chance of being able to make your move to a new state stress free.
  1. Your work might pay for any travelling costs. Why are you moving? Is it because of work? In that case, your work might actually help you with all of the costs it takes you to move state. Saving your moving receipts is also a good plan for a number of reasons. If you’re relocating to a different state for work, you might be able to deduct your moving expenses from your income tax come tax season, so make sure you keep a hold of the receipts in order to be able to prove these costs. Another reason to do this would be if your company states they will reimburse all of your moving costs after they are complete; keeping your receipts will ensure you have proof of all your costs and can be refunded in full.

These are just some of the common things people forget when moving state, but we hope we have managed to provide you with the top five. Use these tips wisely, and don’t fall into the trap that so many have before- forgetting the most basic things.