People move out of state for a variety of reasons. Be it for a new job, desire to be closer to family or if you’re just looking for a fresh start with a new perspective, moving from one state to another will bring a lot of changes.
The changes that will be taking place range from financial to social to different laws or requirements in your new state of residence. Before you close up shop in your current location, take the time consider how your life might be impacted from a number of different angles. Here are a few things you may wish to think about to get you started.
Every state is different when it comes to registering and/or licensing your vehicle. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the requirements in your new home state. Check online for the Department of Motor Vehicles site to see if there are forms you’d be able to fill download and fill out prior to our move. You’ll definitely need a new driver’s license and license tags for your vehicle, and depending on local laws, you may be required to pay taxes on your vehicle. Some states require certification that your car has passed vehicle emissions testing.
It’s also a good idea to check ahead of time into your auto/motorcycle insurance company. Not every company operates in all 50 states. If yours is one of those, you’ll need to start shopping for a new policy. Keep in mind that even if you are able to keep your old policy, your rates may change with your new location. If you have a loan on your vehicle, don’t forget to update your address with the lien holder.
Managing your utilities can be one of the more painful parts of the moving process. Your range of choices could vary quite a bit as well, so you may be well served by scoping out the utility landscape ahead of time.
There may be different options for electricity and gas companies, as many areas of the United States now have resellers vying for your dollars. If you’re moving from a city or suburban area to one further out in the country, you may find that cable TV and Internet are no longer options for you. Many rural residents have to rely on satellite for that.
There are many utility aggregator sites online now that will take a lot of the legwork out of it for you. By entering your new address, you can get an idea of the options available to you at your new location, do some price comparisons and even place your order all in one place.
Did you know that in some circumstances, the Internal Revenue Service will allow you to deduct part of the expenses you incur during your move? It’s true! If you’re moving for your job and your new workplace is more than 50 miles further than your old workplace was from your previous home, and if you’re working full-time for at least 39 weeks out of the first year following your relocation, you may qualify. You should speak with your accountant or contact the IRS to check your eligibility and get the necessary paperwork.
When undertaking as big a venture as making an interstate move, having the assistance of professionals who know the ins and outs of it can be incredibly beneficial. When preparing your moving budget, keep in mind the advantages and time savings an experienced long distance mover can provide.
Aside from having all the right equipment to get the job done quickly and carefully, having them take care of the packing for you will free up your valuable time to attend to the myriad details you’ll be facing. Your friends and family will also appreciate not being called into service to help with the move, although they’re too polite to mention it.
Despite the most careful attention, occasionally things will get damaged in the process of moving. The big advantage with hiring a professional moving company is that if you drop your own flat screen TV on the driveway, you’re out of luck, but should something happen in the care of the movers, you’ll be insured and it will be replaced.
The most important thing to remember is to do your research. Get estimates from several companies; look for moving companies that have been in business for a long time; check online reviews; ask friends and co-workers for recommendations. Always make sure that the moving company you select is licensed and insured.
Should you decide that hiring professional movers is the right choice for you, consider Brandon Transfer & Storage in West Palm Beach, FL. With nearly 100 years in business, we’re a family owned and operated moving company who prides itself on excellent customer service, a solid history and a desire to help make your interstate move a pleasant, seamless experience. As an agent of Allied Van Lines, no job is too big or small for us to handle, whether you’re moving across town or across the world. Contact us today for a free estimate!