How to Move to Another State

Moving apartments can be hectic as it is, but moving to a new place in a completely different state is something else altogether. We know it’s not easy, and you probably have a lot of questions about what to expect when moving states. Fortunately, we get it. That’s why we’ve set out to answer some of your biggest questions. Read our guide and learn more about how to move to another state.

How do I get a job in another state?


Looking for a job before you move is a great idea, and there are plenty of websites to help you with your online job search. If you don’t already have one, a LinkedIn profile is a good start. Once you create a profile, you can connect with people you know and browse jobs all over the world. Filter by job type, location, experience, and many more. Once you’ve found the jobs you like, apply online and send a follow up email to the hiring manager.

When you begin interviewing for these jobs, make sure you express why you’re looking for a new job in a new state. Maybe you’re ready to be closer to your family or simply want to experience a new city for a while. Perhaps it’s the job position itself that is enticing enough to make you move states. Let your interviewer know that you aren’t just randomly applying for this role and explain how it fits into your career path.

How much does it cost to move to another state?


There are many factors to consider when determining how much it will cost you to move states. For example, are you moving across the country or just a few states over? The cost of moving companies and travel accommodations will vary depending on how far you’re moving. Some moving companies charge a flat rate and add extra fees for gas and distance traveled, and flights to smaller cities are more expensive than those to large, well-traveled cities.

Another thing to think about is all of your belongings. Will you be purchasing new appliances, furniture, or vehicles when you arrive? The more items you’ll be buying in your new state, the more expensive your move might be. It’s also good to think about the cost of shipping your belongings. Perhaps you have an old bed or dresser that will cost more to ship than it would to just buy brand new ones. However you decide to manage your belongings, know that there will be some sort of cost involved, and be sure to factor that into your moving budget.

One thing you’ll definitely want to do before moving is download all the essential moving apps. Whether you need someone to deliver you the packing materials you forgot to get, borrow a truck to bring your unwanted belongings to a donation center, or find your next apartment, there are some really helpful apps available.

How long do you have to change your driver’s license when you move to a different state?


The amount of time you have to change your driver’s license once you arrive in your new state varies. Some states require the change to happen within as little as 30 days from your move, others are a bit more lenient. Check out this moving out of state checklist where you can look up information specific to your new state.

Don’t forget you’ll also want to change your car registration and insurance information to reflect your new address, as well. Before you move, make sure you fill out an official change of address form.

How much money do you need to save to move out?


You’ll want to save up before your move. Calculate your current monthly expenditures, rent, and utilities. Then, add on the estimated cost of your move. Include things like travel to your new city, shipping costs, moving company fees, and anything else you’ll be paying for throughout the move. You’ll want to save up enough to cover a few months’ rent and your estimated moving cost. This way, you’ll have a buffer for unexpected costs or emergencies.

Moving across the country or across state lines can seem daunting. In reality, as long as you’ve taken a thoughtful approach, appropriately estimated your moving costs, and have figured out where you’ll be working, the move should go smoothly. Once you’ve prepared for the big move, you’re ready to start looking for your next apartment in your brand new city.

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