Moving to a different state than where you grew up can be a difficult life change for many people. Here are some strategies that could help make moving easier:
1. Plan Early
Start planning your move early, the more time you’ll have to deal with unforeseen issues since there is a lot of time to think through potential problems and solutions.
2. Find a Packing Service or Storage Company
Most people don’t have the time to figure out how to pack, especially if they’re moving from a house with lots of possessions. By packing yourself, you’ll be able to bring everything you want and need, but only you know what that is for your specific situation. You should find professionals who can do some or all of the packing for them. It’s worth spending a little more on the professional to save time, energy, and aggravation.
3. Book a Car Shipping Service
Shipping your car can be expensive, but it can sometimes save you time. If you’re planning on living within a certain distance of your current or future place of employment and you don’t already own a car in the new state, this could be a good idea. You’ll have to weigh all the costs, including what type of shipping service you want.
4. Get Rid of Stuff You Don’t Need
Cleaning out your personal belongings can be a tiresome, time-consuming process. But don’t throw away things that might have value in the future.
5. Move to a Smaller Town
One of the downsides to living in a large city is that you may be stuck with many people to get along with. If you’re moving to one of the smaller towns in your new state, you’ll be able to pick and choose from a more manageable group and probably enjoy the more “suburban” atmosphere.
6. Make Sure You Have Friends and Family Nearby
Moving to a new state can be difficult if you don’t have people you know and trust nearby to help you settle.
7. Don’t Talk About Your Move
This seems counterintuitive, but over the years it’s been found that it’s best not to tell people that you’re moving. Not only will you have to deal with all the questions about your move, but you’ll also probably have to deal with a lot of unsolicited advice about how to make your move.
8. Know What You’re Getting Into
Spend time in your new state before or after your move so that you can get an idea of what the area is like and also so that you can get to know some of the “local” people and establish relationships with them. The more you know about the area, the less likely you will be surprised when you get there.
In conclusion: While planning your move, be open to seeing what the state has to offer and make a decision that’s best for you.