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November 18, 2022

8 Tips to Remember When Moving Out of State

So, you're finally ready to take the plunge and move out of state. Whether you're looking for a change of scenery or chasing your dream job, there's a lot to think about when moving to a new state. But don't worry - we've got you covered. Here are eight things to keep in mind when moving to a new state to help make your transition as smooth as possible. 

Visit Before You Move

Whether you’re planning on moving to a new state for work or based on a personal decision, you must visit the state before making a move. Visiting can help get a feel for the local community. Plus, you can start visiting areas you may want to live in.

Research School Districts

If you have or are planning on having children, it’s essential to know what the local schools are like. Research the school districts and the various schools from elementary to high school. From there, you can begin to look for housing in the areas where you’d like your children to attend school. 

Great Schools is an excellent resource for researching the best schools in your area.

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Find Housing Before You Move

Before packing and moving, you should already have your housing planned. Purchasing a home or even obtaining a lease on a home or apartment can take months, especially in up-and-coming communities in the Huntsville area, like Ivy Hills. Having your housing locked down is best, so you don’t have to live in a hotel when you arrive. 

What used to be a hidden gem in the south, Huntsville, Alabama, is slowly getting more recognition outside of the region. The town has excellent career opportunities, a high standard of living, and a bustling local community. Moreover, Huntsville is a top city for young families with a low cost of living and highly rated schools.

Tell Your Family and Friends

Telling your family and friends that you’re leaving may seem like a second thought compared to the rest of the logistics of moving. However, it should be one of the first things you do once you’ve made a final decision. Spend time with your family and close friends, as you never know how much you’ll miss them when you leave.

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Create an Inventory of Essentials

Before you start packing, you should make a list of items that you’re sure to bring. From there, you can begin to set aside things you want to donate or try to sell. Essential items include anything you use daily that you’ll need from the outset and any items of monetary or sentimental value. 

Make a Packing Plan

A packing plan helps you stay organized and ensures you’re not stressed doing last-minute packing. Create a plan to box, label, and set aside items two weeks before, a week before, and a couple of days before the move. Also, be sure to have essentials with you on the day of the move to have when you arrive. 

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Research Relocation Options

Depending on your budget and belongings, your relocation options can vary widely. You can get away with packing everything in your car or using a U-Haul, or you may need to hire a company to bring all your belongings for you.

Handle the Bills and Legal Obligations

Before you leave home, be sure to call and cancel all your utilities and talk to your home insurance provider about your coverage. You’ll also need to change your shipping and billing address on services. Lastly, be sure to get a local license, update voter registration, and notify government institutions of your address change. 

Moving to a new state is a big decision, but it doesn't have to be stressful. By keeping these eight things in mind, you can focus on making your transition to your new home as smooth and seamless as possible. And when you're ready to start looking for your perfect place to call home, don't forget - we're here to help. With years of experience helping people like you find and build their dream homes, we know what it takes to ensure you love where you live. If you want to know more about living in the Huntsville, AL area, contact Hyde Homes today. We’re professional homebuilders in Alabama who can help you find your perfect dream home. 

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