METCALF MOVING BLOG
5 Strategies to Make Moving Out of State Seamless in 2021
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, upwards of 7.4 million people moved to another state in 2019, and the trend to relocate continues. An increased number of people relocated from urban landscapes to less densely populated suburbs and rural communities during 2020.
Others find themselves pursuing career opportunities that take them away from familiar cities and hometowns. Moving out of state presents unique challenges in logistics and unknown aspects that often trip people up. By leveraging these strategies, moving out of state can be a seamless and pleasurable experience.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan your move out-of-state.
1. Time Your Move
One of the tricky aspects of long-distancing moving stems from busy seasons. Traffic, the cost of layovers at motels or hotels, and other expenses tend to run higher during peak seasons. The trick to relocating during the offseason is knowing where you are and where you are going. For example, many areas see plenty of moving activity during the summer months. That’s why Memorial Day through Labor Day tends to be the peak moving season. Scheduling your move outside of peak moving season might save you some money.
2. Stick to Your Schedule
Create an itinerary that includes closing out utility accounts at your current location and turning on utility services at the new one. Work out the dates with a professional moving company and pack to be ready at least a few days before they arrive. Add in all the seemingly small tasks you will need to complete to get from this day to unpacking at your new residence. Once you craft this timeline, make sure you stick to it. Disorganization and delays cost money and cause avoidable stress.
3. Enjoy the Memories
Part of the moving process involves saying goodbye to your current home. The feelings about time spent there with friends and loved ones should not be suppressed or pushed aside as you run toward a moving deadline. Take time to sit in the home you are leaving and embrace the good times and hard you experienced. Moving away involves letting go of some things and preparing for new ones. Allow the process to happen organically.
4. Don’t Overextend Yourself
Moving out of state increases logistical hurdles in a way few can anticipate. As part of your itinerary and timeline, have a heart-to-heart with yourself about two things. How much can you realistically accomplish by yourself? And how much is too much? Asking friends and family members for assistance can take the edge off moving stress. But don’t hesitate to enlist the services of full-service movers who can do the packing for you. Delegating can help you breathe a little easier and make moving more pleasurable.
5. Hire the Right Movers
Gather a few in-home estimates and compare the costs and various services. While the price may be a driving reason to select a company, moving tends to be a process with other essential factors. Keep in mind that you ask people you barely know to take responsibility for heirlooms and personal items that may have deep personal value. That’s why it’s essential to factor in the company’s experience, reputation for care, and due diligence with belongings. Select a moving company you believe will deliver the customer care you deserve.
Are you planning your move? Contact us for an estimate. We can help relieve the packing and moving stress.