New Beginnings: 4 Tips for Moving to a New State

Posted in June 8th, 2016
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Moving to a new state can be extremely stressful. After all, you’re entering a new environment in which you’re unfamiliar and might experience apprehension about starting a new job or school, not to mention how quickly moving expenses add up.

Below are four tips related to moving to a new state that will reduce stress and pave the way for a smoother transition.

Brainstorm Short- & Long-Term Goals

As soon as the move becomes official, it’s a good idea to sit down and create a master plan that includes short- and long-term goals. Short-term goals might include:

  • Making plans with family and friends you’d like to see before moving
  • Creating a timeline and setting deadlines for packing
  • Updating, transferring and/or canceling service and utility accounts

Meanwhile, long-term goals might include a plan for unpacking and organizing your new place, as well as ideas on how to seamlessly assimilate yourself into new surroundings.

Investigate Major Differences

While you may only be moving a few thousand miles away, don’t underestimate the potential differences in locales. Start by reading up on your new city’s traffic laws since, more likely than not, you’ll be driving your car or a moving truck to your new home. Rules of the road and traffic laws differ greatly between any two states, so read up on the differences to avoid any potential violations.

Cultural tendencies also differ from state to state, especially if you’re moving from one region of the country to another. One prime example is how different states reference sugary, fizzy soft drinks. Those in the Northeast and West Coast (California, most of Nevada and Arizona) call it “soda,” while those in the South call it “Coke” and almost everywhere else it’s referred to as “pop.”

Another major difference is the food you’ll consume and typical diets you may try in different states. The West Coast is well-known for having many vegetarian, vegan, organic, farm-raised, gluten-free and dairy free-options at restaurants and supermarkets, while the South is known for its comfort food, like butter, cheese, chicken, biscuits and gravy, beef and pork.

Invest Time in Packing

Leaving ample time for packing is crucial for a low-stress move. Moving is a great opportunity to look through all your belongings, donate items you don’t need or use anymore, and do an inventory of what you need for your new place. Stay organized by putting everything in boxes with labels so you don’t spend hours looking for your favorite book or razor.

Secure and wrap your fragile belongings to ensure a break-free move, especially if you’re hiring packers who might not understand the value of the vase that’s been passed down by your great-great-grandmother.

Budget Your Move

One of the biggest stressors of moving is money and finances. Creating a budget for your move — and sticking to it — will reduce some of this stress. If you’re planning a move or considering one in the near future, start saving up. There are the obvious costs of moving, traveling to your new destination, hiring movers and looking for a new home or apartment.

However, to avoid being stressed out by finances, you must account for unexpected and overlooked costs. For example, before leaving and upon arrival, you might order take-out more often than usual, because your kitchen will be packed or you might be too exhausted from moving.