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You’re taking the plunge and making the big move to a new state. Whether you’re going to be leaving your old state behind to attend a new school, pursue your dream job in a new city, or are looking to have a new adventure, you probably have a lot of questions about how to move to another state. What are the moving costs for an interstate move? Is it hard to do? What do I need to consider before relocation? Keep reading to learn the answers to these questions and more.

How much money should you save before moving to a different state?

The answer to this question varies depending on the cost of living in the state where you’re moving. For example, New Jersey or New York state has a higher cost of living than states like Mississippi or Michigan. That means you’ll need to save more money to live there. You may want to look into the state income tax rate in addition to the overall living expenses for the area before moving to your new home.

Take a moment to calculate your monthly living expenses in your new city as well as moving expenses. Then, strive to save enough money to help you move and live for three to six months. Doing this before moving across state lines can help you cover everything from a security deposit for your new place to your groceries. When you’re moving into a new apartment, it is important to move with strong savings. 

How can I move to another state without a job?

Clearly, money is an important part of moving out of state. But what do you do if you’ll be moving before you have a job in your new city and state? It turns out that it’s still possible to make the move if you follow a few tips.

Start by saving up a moving budget. If you follow our recommendation of saving enough money to cover the moving costs and monthly expenses for a few months, you can stay afloat while you look for a new job.

If you have a job in your current state you’ll be leaving, you can ask whether telecommuting would be possible when you move. This can allow you to keep the cash coming in even after you move out of state.

If telecommuting isn’t an option, or if you don’t already have a job, you’ll want to start applying for jobs as soon as you know you want to move. Just be sure to let employers know when you’ll be available to start the new position. Registering with job agencies can help as well as creating online job profiles on sites such as LinkedIn. And while you’re searching for jobs, don’t forget to network, network, network. It’s one of the best ways to find a job in a new state.

Is it hard to move to another state?

As you think about how to move to another state, you might be wondering how difficult it will be. From finding a moving company to getting a new driver’s license, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to state relocation. It is generally a good idea to make a list of everything you’ll need to do when you move in order to keep it all straight.

First, you’ll want to find a new apartment or place to live. Online research and personal recommendations are the best options. If you’re interested in coliving spaces, we offer many different options in popular cities around the United States. Be sure to look at the new location you will call home and make sure it is your ideal neighborhood. Once you’ve found the place you want to call home, review the lease before signing it and handing over your security deposit.

Next, you’ll want to select movers with experience helping people move long distance. While many people are tempted by the moving company with the lowest price, the cheapest option isn’t always best. For example, you could find a moving company that offers the lowest price around, but they might not be professional and careful when loading your belongings onto the moving truck. Not only that, but the cheapest professional mover might not be licensed (legally allowed to conduct business) and insured (having coverage in case of damage).

For the best moving results, research out-of-state moving companies and select three or four to get a quote from. Make sure that each moving company looks at your belongings either in person or over video so that you receive an accurate quote. Then, select the best one. Also, ask about the cost of insurance in case something does happen to your belongings during the move. A reputable state moving company will offer insurance on their trucks and your belongings. 

Once you move, you’ll have a new address to go with your new state. This means you’ll need to update your important documents and your driver’s license. You’ll also need to update your car insurance and perhaps investigate a Medigap plan. Talking to an agent from an insurance company can help as you explore how to move to another state.

We also recommend getting financial or legal advice if you have special issues to consider in your new location, including a child custody order, SSI benefits, a tax sole proprietorship or questions about your tax return. Talking to a registered agent can help sort through different options and also give you the opportunity to review important documents before the move. 

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  1. https://blog.cort.com/moving/tips-for-moving-out-of-state-how-to-move-to-a-new-city-without-a-job-lined-up/
  2. https://www.moving.com/tips/your-checklist-for-moving-to-another-state/


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