Moving out of state can be exciting, but it can also be stressful. By taking care of some of the small details beforehand you can reduce your stress level by threefold.
Research the new town
When planning to move out of state, keep in mind that each state has different rules regarding tags and title on your car, a new drivers license, car inspections etc. Be sure to consider these costs and add them into your moving expenses.
Buy before you sell
If you sell your house before you buy your new one you could find yourself having to move twice; once to a temporary home and again when youfind your new permanent home. In addition, it will give you piece of mind to know that you have a place to go once you get to your new state. If you are concerned about the costs involved, look in a Bridge Loan. Bridge loans will allow you to borrow the down payment for a new loan while you are waiting for your current home to sell.
Check out the neighborhood
Be sure to check out the neighborhood before you buy your new home. Do some research online and see if you can find any comments that correspond with the neighborhood that you are looking to buy in. Check out the driving distance to the schools, your job, grocery stores and gas stations.
Find out ahead of time the size of U-Haul that you will need to transport your furniture and all your personal belongings. Be sure to budget in what the gas costs, food on the road and hotel expenses will run during your trip. If you are traveling with pets be sure to add the extra expense for the hotels and make sure that you find one that will allow pets to stay in the room with you.
See what expenses your employer will cover
There are many reasons to move out of state and money is at the top of the list. In many cases, moving out of state is required due to a job change or relocation. Find out what, if any, expenses your employer is willing to cover during your move.
Getting all your ducks in a row before you move can help to ensure that you can spend more time enjoying your new home and less time stressing about it.