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Life is dynamic and however much of a good planner you may be, you never really know for sure where it might lead you.

Some events in our lives may be the catalyst for us to move and put down roots in a different state, leaving behind what we used to call home.

Some – like the desire to chase our dreams, the quest for greener pastures, or even retirement – are voluntary. Others – like a job transfer to a different state or forced by circumstances like illness to be near an aging parent – are not of our volition.

Regardless of the reasons behind your interstate move, one thing that is clear is this: interstate moving is not like shooting fish in a barrel. It requires careful forethought, consideration, and planning.

Though challenging, moving without your possessions is one thing, but throw in the belongings and you are suddenly presented with a different conundrum, least of all the search for good NYC moving companies capable of executing a stress-free move without ripping you off in the process. Or whatever states apply in your case for that matter.

As is custom with us here at Xomba, providing helpful tips and improvement hacks is in our DNA. So today we thought we would share some advice on how you can make your interstate move go swimmingly.

Without further ado then, here are some tips that will help you successfully relocate to a different state without losing your mind, whether you are crossing a single state line or traversing halfway across the country.

Disclaimer: For this particular post, the bulk of our pointers will be dwelling on the moving aspect. We believe you plan to do your due diligence as far as other considerations go – finding a new home, the cost of living, change in taxes, climate, and so on.

1. Hire a reputable company

There is no shortage of movers these days. And with so many outfits competing for your business, it can get tricky separating the wheat from the chaff.

If you have no idea where to start, consider asking friends, family, or a neighbor you know for recommendations.

Next, check the company’s online reviews to gauge customer satisfaction levels. While evaluating the mover, also check if the company is properly licensed, including their USDOT number.

2. Don’t sign anything you do not understand

Generally, reading the fine print is a good habit to impart on oneself in life, triple so when there is money and high-stake documents like title deeds and logbooks involved.

When it comes to moving, it is important to read through any documents the mover may require you to sign, and this importance grows even more in the case of long-distance moving.

Before you sign anything, put on your reading glasses and comb through the text. Ask any questions you may have and seek clarification from the mover if anything is not apparently clear.

You are well within your rights to because hey, you are the one forking out the money here and you want to be sure what it is you are paying for. Some movers may include a set of additional fees for this or that service, so you need to have them explain to you what each cost implies.

If you are not content with the information given, ask to speak to the supervisor or manager.

Of course, by the time you reach the point of reading the fine print, you should have narrowed down on a few potential moving companies.

3. Moving insurance is not optional; it is necessary

Items get damaged or lost during a move, even with the most careful of individuals or movers.

If you want the peace of mind that comes from knowing your belongings are both being taken care of and that you have a backup plan in the event something happens, you will need moving insurance. When moving long-distance, the stakes are even higher.

This is why it makes more sense than not to work with a mover who can insure your goods on transit. Furthermore, if they cannot, it means they are not acting within the federal law which requires every moving company to offer coverage for out-of-state moves.

Importantly, it is also good to note that moving insurance does not cover the items you packed. So it’s always a good idea to do your pre-packing with this in mind.

You can, for instance, do the clothes and other inconsequential items and leave important items like the furniture, piano, electronics, etc. to the mover.

4. Save all your moving receipts for three reasons

If you are relocating for work, the first reason why you need to save all your moving receipts has to do with taxes. This allows you to deduct the moving expenses from your taxes when tax season rolls around.

Second, if your company will be offering moving reimbursement, these receipts will be needed if you want to get all your money back.

Lastly, when you donate items to Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity, a percentage of the value of these donations can be deducted against your income tax.

5. Notify the utility companies

Anticipating your move well in advance can end up saving you a lot of headaches when you get to your new place.

One of the things you should consider doing before you move house is to notify the utility service providers of your upcoming move. At least if you want to avoid walking into a house with no electricity!

This ensures all your utilities are up and running when you move in.

If your current provider also serves your destination state, all you need to do is call them and transfer the utility. Otherwise, you can always find and sign up with new utility companies.

Before you move out, it is also important that you notify your current providers so they can transfer or turn off your gas, electricity, cable (if any), etc. the day after you move out.