Moving to another state? Do this first.

Long-distance relocations can be a logistical challenge at the best of times, and going into one unprepared can put you through a lot of unnecessary stress. Here are five things to check off your list beforehand and help your move go as seamlessly as possible.

Check your benefits

First, if you’re moving to another state, you’ll want to see how and if your benefits transfer. If you’re moving and working remotely, check in with human resources to review your insurance policies for any provisions regarding moves and coverage in other states. Be sure to do your homework before you make the move. If you’re moving for a new job, ask HR about your health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, and other benefits. 

Research your new area 

Before uprooting yourself and moving anywhere, you’ll want to research your prospective new hometown. With the benefit of technology, you can find out a lot about new places before actually visiting, so take this chance to research what life will be like in your potential new state. Look at reviews of parks, restaurants and other local fixtures to get a sense of the area. 

You’ll also want to check the cost of living, schools, and housing prices wherever you’re moving—a new location often means a new budget. Don’t forget to research the job market. Even if you’re moving because of a new job, it can help to be aware of your options.

Budget for your move 

Moving isn’t cheap. Hopefully, your new employer is granting you a generous relocation stipend. If not, you may need to find creative ways to finance your move. Either way, you’ll want to budget for the costs that come with moving. Depending on your situation, you may find yourself needing to pay for interstate movers, temporary storage for your things and closing costs or broker fees for your new residence. By charting your expenses and taking care to set aside an emergency fund, you can have a clear picture of what exactly you’ll need for a safe and successful relocation.

Tie off loose ends

As you prepare to shift your life from one stage to the next, don’t forget the little details that go into moving. Remember to let the post office know you’ll need your mail forwarded to your new address. Cancel your fitness club membership, let your utility and service providers know you’ll be transferring or cancelling your accounts with them, and update your contact information on all your bank accounts. Moving is hard work already; don’t make it harder by getting important mail sent to your old address by mistake!

Find fun things to do & ways to meet people

You’ve made all the necessary preparations for the move; now you just need to prepare for your new life. Search online to find out about local clubs and events, or use social media apps that help you find fun activities and like-minded people to hang out with. Once you’ve moved, you can check out the local library or community center to find volunteer work and people to do it with.  

Getting ready to move

Interstate moves can definitely be overwhelming, but if you budget wisely and plan ahead, you’ll be making new friends before you know it!