Current Area of Residence
The first thing you need to do is find yourself a place in the new state. Once you find that, give your landlord a notice period. If you own the place you stay in, take a decision of either putting it up for rent, or keep it vacant till you return. The moving out date you give your landlord is your deadline, you have to get everything ready till then.
Change of Address
The next most important step is informing everyone about your change of address. First the post office, then your credit card companies, your bank, friends, and then your other acquaintances. All these entities follow different procedures; they’ll guide you through them.
Car, Pet, and Your Other Stuff
Your car needs to preferably get to your new residence before you do. You can either use a road transport company or ship it, depending on how much you want to pay. If you have any pets, get their papers together. Different airlines have different requirements. Some might want to see everything from age-related queries to vaccination details. Also, visit the particular airline’s website for necessary details a month before you move. This will give you time to ready paperwork that’s not in place.
Knowing The Area
Every city has hundreds of neighborhoods, which adds confusion to the selection process. With the advancement in technology, you can shortlist a few neighborhoods by doing some research with the help of the Internet. Consider the distance of this neighborhood from your new office/college, the money/time you’ll spend in transit, how well is the area equipped with basic necessities, the crime rate, etc. If you know a few people who live in that city, take inputs from them.
Do Your Homework
Get acquainted with the roads, places, police stations, hospitals, theaters, etc., in the initial days. You can get all this information from the Internet even before you shift. This way, the area won’t be alien to you after a couple of weeks. If you want to search for a new job opportunity in this place, it is advised you do so beforehand, to avoid a cash crunch.
Packing all your stuff together is a task that can tire you to no end. While holding a yard sale will help you reduce your possessions considerably, donating the remaining that you really don’t need is also a great option. If you have family staying back, you can take some stuff, little by little, with you on each of your trips. Packing isn’t as easy as it seems. It is advised you plan a complete move with a moving company. Zero in on a company after asking for multiple quotes―you know the drill.