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March 23
A Quick Guide to Moving to a New State

Are you about to start fresh in a new area? Moving from one state to another can seem daunting, but with good planning and the right preparation, you can make this transition easier.

Research Your New Neighborhood

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If you haven’t spent much time in the area you’re moving to, now’s a good time to explore. Try to spend a few days in the neighborhood you’ll be living in to get a feel for your new day-to-day routine. You should check out where the nearest grocery store is, find the quickest route to your job, and see if there are parks nearby. You can even try to make some friends in your new neighborhood.

Figure Out Your Expenses

Moving can be expensive. Putting down a deposit or down payment on your new place, buying additional furniture, and setting up your utilities can add up. You should spend some time calculating how much you’ll need to spend (and save) to make sure everything goes smoothly. If you’re renting, talk to the management of your current building about their process for returning your deposit to help soften the blow.

Tie Up Your Loose Ends

Now is a good time to double-check that you have everything you need to move. Make sure that you’ve disconnected the utilities tied to your old home. If you’re renting, let your landlord know you’re moving a month in advance. You should also begin researching reputable moving partners who can help you with the relocation process.

Prepare to Move Out

When the big day comes, make sure everything’s ready to go. If you rented your old home, schedule a walk-through with your old home’s management company so they can let you know about any repairs you need to make a few days before you move out. Make sure everything’s been cleaned, including the appliances, to increase the value of your home or to get as much of your deposit back as possible.

Moving to a new state doesn’t have to be a complicated process, and you don’t have to do it alone. If you’re looking for a partner to help you, Carmack Moving & Storage has decades of experience with long-distance moves to or from Northern Virginia and Maryland. We can assist you with packing and unpacking, safely transporting fragile items, and more. To learn more about how we can work together, request a free quote today.