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Tips for Relocating


When it comes to picking up and moving for a new job, college or for family reasons, relocating can be a bit overwhelming and stressful. To help get you organized, we have some tips and things you should think about when planning to relocate.

  • Do as much research as possible.
    • Figure out what kind of area you want to live in. Suburbs, city, rural?
    • What are the school systems like? Depending on your family situation you may be able to rule out certain areas because of the schools available.
    • Look at local nightlife and restaurants. Do you want to live close by or are you happier away from the hustle and bustle?
    • Talk to as many people as possible who live in the area. The best advice can come from people who live or have lived in the area. If you don’t know anyone, look up local blogs and travel articles about the area.
    • If you have a job, how close do you want to live? Do you need to take into account public transportation?
  • Take your time packing and organizing. It’ll make unpacking easier.
    • If you hire movers to help you pack, work with them to make sure everything is labeled correctly and boxes are grouped together.
    • Take the time to cull out items you no longer use or will not need in your new location. For example, if you’re moving from Wisconsin to Florida, you might not need to bring all of your winter gear. Instead, keep the necessities and give away the extra things.
    • When it comes to packing the truck, do your best to pack similar items together. Keep kitchen boxes with other kitchen boxes. Anything you can do to make unpacking a little easier is worth the extra time.
    • Keep an ongoing list of things you will need to replace or buy new after the move.
  • Changing your address
    • There are several organizations you will need to update of your move.
    • Before you move, be sure to update all utilities and send end dates for the ones you will not need in your new location. You can also plan ahead to turn on utilities in your new home.
    • After you move, you will need to notify your bank, any lenders, credit card companies, DMV, Social Security Administration and the Voter Registration Office. You might be able to do most of these while getting a new driver’s license, simply ask at the DMV.
    • If you change your state residency, you will have to also transfer your car registration to your new state. Work with your local DMV to figure out what paperwork you need to fill out.
  • Getting settled
    • As you start your new job, begin classes or begin the search for a new career, getting settled in a new place takes time.
    • Join a book club, gym or professional club to begin meeting people.
    • Take time to explore your new home. Part of the fun of moving is experiencing new events and finding new favorite places.

As you begin to plan your big move, take the time to get organized and do as much in advance as possible. Assume there will be unexpected setbacks and surprise issues (all moves have them) so what you can do to plan ahead and not leave till the last minute will help your relocation go smoothly.

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