Perhaps the biggest task associated with any move, second to actually identifying the location that you wish to move to and the accommodations that you will be actually living in (house, condo, apt, etc.) is that actual move, and by that we mean physically transporting all of your belongings from one state to another. Successfully executing this task requires identifying the appropriate movers to transport your possessions from one state to another. Look into moving companies that specialize in these types of moves, and conduct an interview to see if they are the right ones for your job.
Be sure to inquire about interstate travel fees associated with your move and request a quote for the job based on the number of items that need to be transported. And yes, in-person quotes are preferable to ones quoted over the phone, because it allows the movers to better access the size and scope of the move for a more precise pricing schedule.
Some specialized moving companies offer free limited-time storage, disassembly and reassembly of all furniture, as well as substantial discounts for students, military and seniors, so make a list of questions and be sure to inquire on these points as well as available insurance coverage should something go wrong, so that your belongings are financially protected. Also, be sure to inquire about any required deposits and insurance on your part.
Once you’ve compiled a shortlist of say three to five potential movers, check out what their past clients have said by way of any customer reviews, and while you’re at it, vet them through the Better Business Bureau’s database as well. It’s better to catch any red flags now, because you don’t want just anyone in charge of your personal possessions.
The rule of thumb when dealing with utility set-up as part of an interstate move is to identify the necessary providers (electric, gas, heat, internet and cable, etc.) a month prior to your actual relocation date. Don’t assume that your current providers will be available in your new state. Tap into your local Chamber of Commerce or Town Hall to identify providers if your current ones do not offer service in your new state.
Two weeks prior to your move date, contact both your old and new providers to schedule the date of termination of services in your old home and to activate services in your new home. Some services may be prorated according to what time of the month your move falls. On the day of your actual move, you can contact your providers again to confirm that the services in question have been terminated and initiated accordingly.
Be sure to keep a checklist handy that includes not only a schedule for your move but also contact information for necessary vendors and services providers for easy and convenient access when you need it.
You will need to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in your new state to update your driver’s license, and it is highly recommended that you perform this task within the first month of your relocation. Contact them as soon as you can to determine if an appointment is required to make this license update, as well as what the fees are in association with this update. Your vehicle registration will need to be updated as well, so be sure to inquire about that and complete the necessary forms for that as well.
They will walk you through the process of updating your license plates as well, so be sure to have all of your documentation and information ready and available so that you won’t waste time trying to get it all sorted. You will need to update your car insurance information as well so that it reflects your new address, but you may be rewarded with a favorable adjustment to your rates depending on where you’re moving to.
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