Moving across state lines seems like such a daunting task but being properly prepared is the key to tackling this massive transition. Here are some tips for a smooth moving process into your new home:
· Research in Advance
Although it sounds like common sense, you have to make sure that you have done adequate research of your new city. You need to have sufficient information prior to moving so that you can be sure that you are going to be in a place that feels like home. However, the best way to know is if you have the ability to check the city out for yourself. Get lost in the area and really take in what it feels like to live as a local. Here are some example subjects to research so you can be well-versed by the time you get into your moving truck:
- Your favorite restaurants in the area or new ones that peak your interest;
- Local business that supports your family’s lifestyles;
- Recreational activities that you seem fun, especially those that all ages can enjoy;
- Social scenes that invite you to become an integrated part of your community and get the chance to meet new people in your area;
- Educational districts and school opportunities for the young ones;
- And, potentially, the open job market for future endeavors.
· Find a Reliable Moving Company
With so many options out there, it can seem overwhelming when trying to find the best moving company that will help you with your valuables. Not to worry, there are plenty of companies that will handle your items with upmost care and respect, but how do you find them? The first step, like many, is to ask your friends and family for trusted movers that will fit your needs. These suggestions carry good experiences and affordable prices that might be perfect for you and your family! If you still can’t find one through word-of-mouth, you can do a simple Google search for the most reputable companies in town. Make sure you thoroughly check their reviews and ratings.
Moving.Com is a full service moving company site that allows you to see the best ones that are available in your area and one of the best sources online,. This website includes: customer reviews of more than 600 companies nationwide, ratings, U.S. Department of Transportation certifications, Better Business Bureau rating, official complaints filed with the FMCSA, and their ties with the American Moving and Storage Association. Be aware that there should be an in-person inspection or a video survey of your belongings before giving you a quote, so stay away from those that try to blindly charge you! You can request in writing to see if your company will be subcontracting your move, and to see if your items will be divided into separate trucks. All of these things are really good to know so that you don’t end up extra charges or with your kitchen ware arriving before your bedding does!
· Assemble all Important Documents/Records
With all the hustle and bustle of packing your belongings, it is imperative that you keep your important moving documents and personal records in one, consolidated, safe place. These items include: moving receipts, housing contracts, financial documents, birth certificates, social security cards, tax forms, health and school records. This collection of documents should be labelled and protected properly so that you don’t stress about where they might be! Also, it is highly recommended to keep it with you at all times, so instead of putting this box in the moving truck, maybe you can make space for it in the vehicle you and your family use to travel to your new home.
· Forward your Mail to your New Home
It takes a few weeks for the USPS to effectively reroute your mail from your current home to your future one in a different state. To avoid having parcels left behind, it is so important to let them know as soon as possible that you are planning to move across state lines. You can provide them the address of your new home, the date of your move, and they can have everything squared away for you. It is also possible to do it from the comfort of your own home.
· Save all moving receipts
Moving is a hefty task to take on, and there are a lot of ways that you can do it, economically. Saving your moving receipts is a great way to keep track of your spending to make sure that you are within your budget, but also can be helpful in ways you may have not even thought about. If you are packing and realize that you have cluttered items that you don’t want to take into your new home; donate them! Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, local orphanages and other non-profit organizations will give you a tax deduction for a portion of the value of the donations, and you can save money down the line while helping a good cause!
Alternatively, if you are relocating for work, your company may have specific guidelines for helping you with moving costs. Saving receipts are important in this case because sometimes your company’s human resources department will collect those receipts for reimbursement. These expenses can also be deducted from your taxes on the coming tax season, and ultimately, save you money! You can check out more information on moving expenses and taxes directly from the IRS’s website, by clicking here.
Now that you have some helpful information on getting yourself ready for your big move, make sure you have everything prepared for you when you arrive! Buyers Source Realty is a huge proponent for taking those big chances and moving to your new dream home! Contact us now to talk to one of our licensed real estate agents about making a transition to North Florida possible. We would love to meet with you and share why it is such a great place to live! Call us at (904)-217-3274 or learn more on our website, by clicking here.