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What You Need to Know About Moving Out of State

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    Sometimes a move can be unexpected, like a new job offer or family responsibilities. Other times, it can be you realizing a dream you’ve had for a long time. Regardless, there can be a lot of things to consider, especially if you’ve never been to that state before. Whether you’re moving to Tucson, from Tucson, or nowhere near Tucson, My Tucson Movers’ expertise can help you plan with our list of what you need to know about moving out of state.

    Research Your Move

    Before you move, consider things like job opportunities in your new area, the affordability of housing, and if you have a family, the quality of schools in the area. How are you going to get your items to your destination? You can move yourself or hire a professional to do everything for you. While moving on your own can be a cheaper option, the stress of moving yourself and your items safely and in one piece out of state may not be worth the hassle. At My Tucson Movers, we offer full-service packing where we will systematically organize and secure your items saving you the hassle of packing and worrying about whether your valuables will be ok.

    Make A Budget, And Stick To It

    There are three budgets to consider when moving: moving expense budget, saving money to move, and saving money for when you get to your new place. When you’re setting your budget for moving expenses, add up things like the cost of gas and moving materials like boxes, tape, meals, and padding. Whether or not you’re going with a moving company, get a free quote – it might be more cost-effective than you think. If you’re moving more than a day’s drive away, you’ll also need to figure in money for lodging. After that, figure out how much money you’ll need once you get to that location. If you’re not going to have a job, you’ll want to have 3 to 6 months of living expenses saved up.

    Get A Place To Live

    A place to live can either be a short-term rental or purchasing a home. There are a lot of factors to consider when moving like the commute to work, proximity to schools or grocery stores, and the quality of the neighborhood. You might not have some of these details worked out, so temporary housing, like subletting or an extended stay at an Airbnb, is an option to get you to your new state without a long-term commitment. For those who are flying solo, you may have a friend or a relative that has extra room for a little while. If you’re really in a time crunch, it is possible to find an apartment in just three days.

    Find Work Or Transfer

    If you’re relocating because of work, you’re already ahead of the game! Sometimes, national companies have offices or opportunities in other cities that you could take. In that case, your job may help pay for your relocation. Or, if you have the ability, you can ask your boss to let you work remotely. But, many people move and will need to find a job once they get to their new state. With the internet, it is easy to check for local jobs on sites like Craigslist, Indeed, or GlassDoor. Networking is easy these days, too. You might have friends or family on social sites or former colleagues on LinkedIn who can point you in the right direction. It’s all about who you know!

    Change Your Mailing Address

    This step is very important. Even if you have your bills are on auto-pay or paperless billing, you want to ensure that you’re getting every last piece of mail to your new location. The USPS makes the process of forwarding your mail easy for you!

    Set Up Your Utilities

    Did you already find your new home or apartment? It can be an inconvenience to move into a new place without power, internet, or water! Using a search engine for the services that you want, like internet or power, can get you in the right direction to setup all those services before move-in. For renters, your landlord can be a good resource to tell you which companies offer service in your area. Renters also have an advantage because some properties have certain utilities included like water, internet, or trash. Some utility companies require a deposit to set up services, so remember to include that into your budget.

    Eliminate Unnecessary Items

    Deciding what and how to pack when you move is tough. Of course, when moving from state to state, the more you pack, the more it will cost you. Getting rid of some items doesn’t have to be a hassle though. You can make getting rid of items work for you! Selling items on Craigslist, eBay, or OfferUp will fund your trip to the new state or add some extra money in your pocket until you find a job. Anything you don’t sell, give to a local charity or thrift store – it might even be tax deductible!

    On The Move? Call My Tucson Movers!

    Now that you’ve got an idea of what you need to do for your big move, call the professionals at My Tucson Movers! We’re committed to providing all our customers reliable and affordable service no matter where they’re moving. Contact us today for a free quote or schedule your move at (520) 822-6140.

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