Moving from one state to the other? That means you’re making an interstate move. (This is the opposite of an intrastate move, which essentially means you’re moving within the state.)
If you’re making an interstate move, there are a couple things you’re going to want to know. An interstate move is a big undertaking, due to both the distance involved and the fact that you are crossing state boundaries. Therefore, we’ve written this post to inform you some of the things you might want to know about the interstate moving process.
Now’s a Good Time to Get Rid of What You Don’t Need
Over time, there are a lot of objects that accumulate in our day-to-day lives. Clothes, furniture, books, and movies. If you have children, the toys by themselves can take up a massive amount of space.
It is hard to get rid of these things.
When you go to throw them out, you might think to yourself, “What if I want this in the future?”
The truth of the matter? You’re not going to want a lot of the stuff you have lying around.
You shouldn’t get rid of the important stuff, of course — the stuff that makes you smile when you look at it, the stuff you use, the mementos for memories you really want to keep. But the truth is, the vast majority of people keep way more stuff around than they need.
When you’re making an interstate move, all that junk can cost you money. So be smart before the move. Get rid of all the stuff you don’t need. By getting rid of junk, you’ll be able to keep some of your hard-earned cash.
Take Care of Your Utilities, Subscriptions, and Billing In Advance
If you’re like most people, a lot of the services that you use rely on your address. You’re going to want to make sure to notify all of them that you’re moving. This will help ensure a smooth transfer process.
Some of these transfers won’t be a big deal, they’ll just be nice. This will ensure that you don’t miss an issue of your newspaper or magazine of choice.
Some of these are much more important. If you don’t get the utilities connected to your new home before you get there, for instance, you may have to go without running water and electricity for the first few days.
Also make sure to contact your old bank and transfer your account to the new one.
You May Not Have to Pay For the Entirety of Your Interstate Move
If you’re moving because you need to relocate to a new job, there are two ways you can reduce the personal cost for your move.
The first is to reach out to the company you’re moving for. When you’re negotiating salary and benefits with them, it may be worth it to ask if they will help you with relocation expenses. Depending on the size of the company, there is a chance they will have money set aside for that.
Your second option is to use your moving expenses for tax deduction. This only applies if you’re moving for your job, and it comes with both distance and time requirements. Check out this IRS page for more information.