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Mastering a Long Distance Move: Tips on Relocating to a New State

Wanting to move out of state but anxious about how to go about it? Every day thousands of future homeowners like you have the same questions about how to go about planning a move to a new state, even if it’s to a neighboring state — a long distance move can be even more stressful. 

The prospect of relocating, particularly to another state, can be a daunting endeavor. While the idea of scream therapy might offer a momentary release of stress, a more practical approach involves getting organized, as meticulous planning plays a pivotal role in ensuring a smooth transition. It's all about keeping the stress at bay and taking deliberate steps to make your move a success.

Start by creating a comprehensive checklist and dedicating time to explore your prospective new home state. From researching the finest neighborhoods to assessing housing options, meticulous preparation can pave the way for a seamless relocation.

Master your long distance move with these key steps:

Test the Road

When it comes to planning a move, experts typically recommend kicking off the process a couple of months before hitting the road. Among the top priorities during this period is finding ways to cut down on moving expenses. While it might be tempting to rely on a friend with a spacious truck, it's crucial to weigh your options carefully.

At times, opting for a professional moving company and letting them handle the heavy lifting can actually be the more cost-effective choice. In fact, various studies suggest that individuals who enlist the services of experienced movers when relocating to another state often end up saving more money compared to those who rely on favors or attempt a DIY approach.

Hire the Movers

Don’t simply opt for the moving company that offers the lowest initial quote. It's crucial to conduct due diligence, asking for references and taking the time to peruse moving reviews. Many companies offer special deals, often during their off-peak season, which typically spans from late fall to late spring.

Streamline Your Belongings

You've taken the crucial step of booking a professional mover, signaling the beginning of your journey to relocate hundreds, possibly thousands, of possessions to a different state. Most experts concur that adopting a minimalist approach can significantly simplify the process. Consider parting ways with the vintage Chevy, which, although possessing sentimental value, could fetch a decent price if you ever decide to restore it with a new engine.

Start by deciding what to purge. Examine each room and identify items that can be relinquished. Once this step is complete, you'll be ready to commence packing the belongings you can comfortably do without for the next few weeks. You may find that the KonMari Method, popularized by Japanese author and consultant Marie Kondo, will help you keep the things that truly matter to you and let go of the items that are weighing you down — figuratively and literally.

Time to Pack

We highly recommend a systematic room-by-room packing approach, complete with labeling all boxes and maintaining a comprehensive inventory list. This may seem like a lot of work on the front end, but we promise it will save you time and effort later on when you’re having to work harder to identify which boxes go in which rooms when you arrive at your new home.

To ensure secure transportation, place heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter ones in larger containers, with the heavier objects at the base of each box. Additionally, make effective use of towels or crumpled newspaper to fill any empty spaces within the boxes – never leave a box only partially filled.

It’s advisable to prepare a bag containing essential personal items that you'll require during your first day in your new home. Keep all valuables and crucial documents, such as jewelry, money, checkbooks, credit cards, tax records, and legal paperwork, with you in your own vehicle rather than entrusting them to the moving company.

Try Not to Stress

As you embark on this exciting journey, remember that a seamless and stress-free move to another state can be as gratifying as indulging in a delectable breakfast or embarking on a tranquil ocean cruise. In fact, once you've completed your move, why not put the funds from the sale of the Chevy to good use and treat yourself to that delightful breakfast and a rejuvenating ocean voyage?

Explore New England with KW Evolution

The journey of moving to a new state may seem like a daunting adventure, but with the right guidance and resources, it can be a seamless and rewarding experience. As you embark on this exciting chapter of your life, remember that expert assistance and reliable information can make all the difference. At Keller Williams Evolution Realty, we pride ourselves on being New England real estate experts who are here to support you every step of the way.

Whether you're seeking personalized advice, looking for valuable moving resources, or exploring the best options for your new home, our dedicated team is ready to assist you. Don't hesitate to reach out and contact KW Evolution today. Let us help you navigate the complexities of your move and ensure that your transition to a new state is as smooth as possible. Your dream home and a fresh start await – take the first step and discover how we can make your move an exceptional one.

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