6 steps for planning your interstate move (out of state)

3 Dec by Dr Dan Amzallag, PhD (Expert Mover)

6 steps for planning your interstate move (out of state)

You’ll be hardpressed to find a relocation that is more complicated than interstate moving. Packing up all of your possessions and transporting them to another state takes time, effort and, most of all, planning. If you do not plan your interstate relocation properly, there is simply no way for you to have a decent relocation. Unfortunately, not a lot of people know how to plan their relocation, which makes it that much more arduous and expensive. Therefore, to help fight this, we’ve come up with a six-step guide for planning an interstate move. By following it, you are bound to plan your relocation so that it is both efficient and cost-effective.

Step 1: Researching your future state

One of the mistakes we often see people making is that they do not do enough research about the state they are moving to. They have a vague idea of what their future state is like and don’t seem to bother with actually looking through some info and figuring out how it is. Well, this is one rookie mistake you should definitely avoid. Before doing anything else regarding your interstate move, do some research.

People doing research before planning an interstate move.
Do enough research so that you can properly deal with planning an interstate move. Alt: People doing research before planning an interstate move.

Look up online about different statistics and estimates to better understand your future state. Median household income, relative safety, education ratings, traffic possibilities, all of them will influence your future life. So, the more you look into them, the better you will be able to prepare. Also, once you know which neighborhood you’ll be moving into, consider visiting. Doing online research is vital. But, it is hardly a substitute for the first-hand experience. So, even if it is for a weekend, consider visiting your future neighborhood before you move.

Step 2: Finding interstate movers

Along with researching your future state, you should be looking for reliable interstate movers. Both planning and interstate move and executing it properly are only possible with reliable interstate movers at your side. So, give yourself enough time to find them. Ideally, you should start looking for interstate movers the moment you decide that you are going to move. Start by going online and looking for interstate movers that are local. This means to prioritize either moving companies that are close to your current location or movers that are close to your future neighborhood.

This is due to the fact that it will take them less time and fuel to relocate you. Therefore making your relocation that much cheaper. So, if you are planning to move to NYC, first contact movers like Gibraltar Van Lines. Keep in mind that you are looking for cost-effective movers, not cheap ones. Looking for cheap movers is only going to ruin your relocation. What you want is a good quality of service at a reasonable price. So, make sure that you’ve talked with enough movers before you’ve made your choice.

Step 3: Planning an interstate move with your movers

Once you’ve found the right movers to help you, you need to sit down with them and start planning. Planning an interstate move is much easier with professionals at your side. They will give you tips and pieces of advice that you’ll have a hard time finding online. So, make sure to pay attention and listen to what they have to say. Also, keep in mind that the timing of your move can be just as important as the amount of stuff you have. Ideally, you want to move either during winter or spring, as those periods tend to be the cheapest. But, overall, try to be as flexible as possible as you can reduce the price of your interstate relocation by up to 40%.

Step 4: Packing preparations

In order to properly deal with interstate relocation, you will need to pack your possessions properly. So, when planning an interstate move, you also need to figure out how many boxes and other supplies for your relocation you’ll need and where to get them. The first thing you need to do is to make an inventory list. Go through all the things you plan on transporting and make a note of them. Then proceed to either visit your local DIY store or moving company and get the necessary supplies.

A person getting moving boxes.
Always get a bit more boxes then you originally estimated. Leave yourself some room for mistakes. Alt: A person getting moving boxes.

Remember that you are looking for quality boxes that can fit both the item and the necessary wrapping. The box needs to be large enough so that the item and the item and the wrapping can fit. But also small enough so that they don’t move around while inside.

Step 5: Finding friends to help you

Moving preparations are much easier to deal with if you have reliable friends helping you out. So, once you decide that you are going to move, try to find a couple of them. You need to give your friends enough time to clear their schedules for helping you out. And you need to make sure to only invite friends who are trustworthy and capable. It will be up to you to ensure that moving preparations go as smoothly as possible. So, don’t make the mistake of inviting someone who cannot do their part. Ideally, you’ll invite friends who have moving experience and who are fun to work with.

Two friends luying on a car.
Even a single friend can make your moving preparations twice as fast and ten times as fun. Alt: Two friends lying on a car.

Step 6: Moving day preparations

No matter how well you prepare, moving day will be stressful. So, you should incorporate some stress management aids when planning an interstate move. You can start off by having a proper diet and keeping yourself healthy. The last thing you need is to get sick before moving day. Also, make sure to get enough experience and sleep. All of these will do wonders in making your interstate relocation efficient and helping you deal with it more easily. So, try to pace yourself and take care of both yourself and your possessions. After all, that is what planning an interstate move is all about.




ByDr Dan Amzallag, PhD (Expert Mover)

20 years experience in the field of moving and relocation. Sharing tips and expertise in the proper ways to move, pack, and arrive at your destination. Managing Moverzfax.com, the leading consumer protection portal for the moving industry


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