Relocation Checklist: Leaving the State
How to move to another state
If you’re preparing to move to another state, there’s a lot to consider. It’s important to fully understand the area you’re moving to so you know what to expect.
You can do this by visiting the location in advance or searching for it online. Let’s look at some suggestions you might consider before moving to another state.
1. Research the area and cost of living
One of the first steps to take is to research where you plan to move. You’ll want to know the average cost of living as well as income tax requirements so you know how high your salary will go in this area.
If you’re moving to a state with a high cost of living, you may have other ways to reduce your expenses. For example, if you move to a big city, you may be able to sell your car and rely on public transportation.
If you’re considering buying a home, you’ll want to investigate average home prices. And if you have kids, you’ll want to research different public school districts. But even if you don’t have kids, moving to a neighborhood with a good school district will help keep your property value high.
2. Set a budget
Before you start looking for accommodation, it’s important to have a budget in place. This will guide you on where to look when looking for a home in a new city. It will also help you determine how much you can afford.
However, keep in mind that a budget is only an estimate. If you want a more accurate idea of what you can afford, you should speak to a mortgage expert who can give you more advice on your situation.
3. Find a real estate agent
Next, you need to find a local real estate agent with experience in your destination city. A qualified real estate agent can help you find the type of home you’re looking for and recommend places you’d like to live.
When looking for a real estate agent, it is essential to choose someone you trust. Ask friends or family for recommendations and be sure to check out whoever you ultimately choose. You’re relying heavily on this person’s advice in the coming months, so you want to find the right agent.
4. Ask for employee relocation assistance
If you are moving for a new job, you may want to ask your employer for relocation assistance. This help can help you financially with the move, and you won’t have to shell out so much out of pocket.
Every moving situation is different and some employers will be willing to pay more than others or offer a refund. You might consider asking your employer to help with the following expenses:
- The cost to ship your goods to the new location
- Costs associated with selling your current home
- Temporary accommodation costs if you find yourself between two accommodations
- The cost of buying your new home
- Tax assistance if the sale of the home results in a tax increase
5. Plan your move
Once you have all the essentials in place, develop a plan for your move. This plan could include hiring movers, changing your address, and deciding to move to your new city.
If you have children, it is even more important to plan the move. Your children may need to change schools, so you need to make sure you have all the paperwork in place. Be sure to send your children’s school records to their new school. And don’t forget to set aside all important documents so they don’t get lost during the move.
Also take the time to think about the services you will need to move to your new location. For example, you will need to set up new utilities and find a new doctor, dentist, and other service providers. You can ask your realtor for a list of services you will need in your new city.