Do your research
Before you start packing, do as much research as you can about your new home. The Internet can offer a wealth of information about restaurants, local businesses, recreational activities, social clubs, and much more. It’s also a good idea to visit your new city and do some exploring. Talk with the locals, ask any questions you can think of, and take a drive around nearby neighborhoods to get a feel for the area’s vibe.
Starting your packing as soon as possible is a smart choice. Especially if you haven’t moved in a while or have a whole houseful of things to move, you’ll need to spend time deciding what to keep and what to donate or discard and put things in boxes. The less you bring with you, the easier and more affordable your move will be. With that in mind, pare down as much as you can when it comes to items such as unused clothing, obsolete electronics, and similar clutter. As you pack, label the boxes for easy unpacking and pack your kitchen essentials last – you’ll need to keep using them until the last minute.
Organize your records
While you pack, set aside a clearly-labeled box to transport important documents. Pack social security cards, health records, tax forms, school records, and the like separately so they are easy to locate after you move as you get settled into your new home. Keep these documents with you or in a safe place at all times throughout your move.
Save your receipts
Be sure to save your moving receipts. First of all, if you donate your unused belongings or are moving for work, you may be able to deduct some of this value against your income tax. Also, if you are moving for work, your company may reimburse you for your moving expenses – if you provide HR with proof of what you spent.
Transfer your driver’s license
If you will be driving in a new state, you’ll need the appropriate license. Many states have a time limit for transferring your license after you move. Research online or visit your local DMV office to learn the requirements for transferring your license. These requirements vary from state to state, but you’ll typically need documents such as your current driver’s license, your social security card, another form of ID such as your birth certificate, and proof of residency (such as a utility bill).
Moving to a new state can be a major transition, but by taking a few simple steps, you can make your move as easy as possible and ensure you and your family can settle into your new home easily and quickly.