Moving out-of-state can be bittersweet — especially if you’re leaving all of your friends and family — in favor of something new. And although it can be nervewracking, one thing you can look forward to is a fresh start on the new road ahead. That’s why we compiled everything you need to know before moving out-of-state so that you can be better prepared for your big transition.
1. Prepare For A Change In Climate
Don’t make the mistake of coming unprepared for the weather that awaits you; you’ll definitely regret it when you step foot off the plane only to find that it’s either a lot warmer, or a lot cooler, than you had expected. Instead, save yourself the embarrassment and discomfort by checking the weather prior, so that you know what to expect in your new environment. This will help you when it comes time to purchase the clothes that you’ll need – for any surprises in the forecast.
2. Research That State’s Laws
Laws differ from state to state, so be sure and keep yourself informed on what’s appropriate and what’s not. This will ensure that your first week in your new home goes as smoothly as possible, without any kinks or mishaps, that might have been provided otherwise. Consequently, if your state laws differ drastically, it may be an odd adjustment at first. However, with time, patience, and research you’ll be made more aware of what to look out for. Fortunately, if there is something you are uncertain about or don’t exactly agree with, then researching it beforehand can help you to better decide whether or not you truly want to live there or not.
3. Ensure That Costs Are Within Your Price Range
Consider how much you are willing to spend on bills/miscellaneous expenses such as rent, groceries, and other things. Every state’s prices differ so it’s important that you keep this in mind when deciding on a place to stay. The last thing you want is to find yourself in an area – where you’re struggling to pay financially – due to a high rate. Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening by setting limits; doing this can help weed out the not-so-good price range – so that you can find the best fit for your budget.
4. Make Sure Your Place Is Up To Par
Don’t forget to do your research before deciding on a specific spot; you’ll be glad that you did later, especially if you find out a certain area isn’t as picture-perfect as you once thought it to be. In addition to this, make sure that you take a trip to view the place that you are thinking about renting out, and/or moving to, prior to moving in. The last thing that you want is to find yourself living in a place that you don’t end up liking; this can put a damper on your first out-of-state experience, and make for a complicated situation as you try and find a new place to reside.
5. Move Somewhere Where A Loved One Is Close By
If you are wanting to move out-of-state but it’s your first time doing so, then you may want to consider how comfortable you feel about the whole situation. Depending on where you lie on the scale can help you to better determine where exactly you are wanting to go. If you aren’t wanting to be too far away from your family, or friends, then consider relocating to a state that is in fairly close proximity. Another option is moving to a state where a trusted friend or family member lives so that you can have someone nearby in case of an emergency.
6. Save Up Money For Emergencies
One of the biggest mistakes that you can make is moving out-of-state with an exact amount, and a lack of wiggle room. In other words, you can never have too much money saved when it comes to relocating. In fact, the more the merrier, because anything can happen while you’re en route to your new home. Take a flat tire, for example, if this is something that you hadn’t prepared for prior, then you may find yourself in a bind while driving to your new destination. You also never know what expenses may slide under your nose unexpectedly.
7. Pick A Place Where You Picture Yourself Being For A Long Time
Who knows when you’ll have the resources to move again; that’s why it’s important you pick a place where you can imagine yourself being for a long time. The last thing you want is to find yourself wishing to be anywhere but there, and not because of homesickness, but as a result of pure dissatisfaction. You’ll also find yourself a whole lot happier in knowing that you have a place where you can stay for years to come. However, if you only plan on being there for a brief amount of time then analyze how you’ve felt during the time that you’ve spent there – as it will help you further decide where you wish to go next.
8. Look Into Pet Registration Information
Don’t make the mistake of bringing your new puppy or new kitten along for the ride, only to find out that the place you’re staying at won’t allow them. In turn, if you’re a big animal lover – check and see how much the additional cost will be so that you don’t find yourself feeling disappointed. Sometimes there will be a one-time pet deposit fee or a monthly fee; either way, they’re to cover the cost of possible pet-related damages. However, the cost for each place varies which is something that you’ll want to take into consideration.
We hope that this list of everything you need to know when moving out-of-state helps you before entering this new stage of your life. Don’t forget to share and let us know what you find helpful in the comments below!
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Whitney is a senior at Missouri State University - majoring in English/Creative Writing and minoring in Journalism. In her free time she enjoys freelance writing - and creating content for her blog. She writes to encourage/uplift others - and hopes to one day have her own magazine column.