8 Things To-Do When You Move Out-of-State

Dated: February 9 2023

Views: 207

Let’s paint a picture.

You’ve just finished a mighty game of Tetris with the moving boxes, the family waves goodbye to a house once-called home, and you’ve all settled in for a long road (or plane) trip. It’s official! You’re moving out of state.

Moving can be a stressful time, but relocating from one state to another requires quite the leap of faith. First came packing, then came the journey to your new community—but surprise! Because you made the switch to a different state, a few things might have slipped your mind.

No need to worry! The Stilley Team is here with 8 things to add to your to-do list when moving out of state. Click on the map to watch our video!

1. Visit Your Future Destination. It’s always a good idea to get the lay of the land when it comes to your future home. Drive the neighborhood streets and map out the closest schools, parks, grocery stores, and gas stations. These are important features of every-day life, and having a better understanding of your future surroundings will offer an easier transition. We have been in NC all of our lives, and in the Greater Raleigh Metro area since 1982. We are your local area experts!!

2. Change Your Billing Address. Don’t forget to switch all your bills to the proper address. Not sure where to start? Here are some examples to remember:

o   Utilities. Gas, water, electricity, even garbage pickup! Most of the companies that offer these services vary by state. Tip: Ask your real estate agent for a list of recommended vendors.

o   Credit Cards. Most people opt for online billing payments, but if you’re one of the few who prefer paper statements, don’t forget to update your address for your credit cards.

o   Insurance. Moving across state lines could be a good opportunity to start shopping for local rates. If you’re looking for a new insurance source, now could be a good time to switch for a more competitive price.

3. Forward Your Mail. Don’t let your favorite magazine subscriptions and family Christmas cards get lost in the mail! Make sure to set up a mail forward with the post office before moving away. USPS will forward your mail to your new address for up to a year. 

4. New Driver’s License. Each state’s deadline varies when it comes to switching over your driver’s license. Research what your new state’s requirements are before you officially relocate.

5. Voter Registration. Every state has different requirements. Don't put this off until election time! A new state means a whole new pool of candidates.

6. Pets. Don't forget to grab a copy of your furr baby's medical record. And if your pet is microchipped, be sure to update the contact info with your new address and phone.

7. Get to know your neighbors. The boxes are in, the dust has settled - it's time to get out and meet some people. Try introducing yourself to your neighbors sign up for your neighborhood gym or rec league. One of the easiest ways to bond is through a shared hobby!

8. Recycle that cardboard! Close to 100 BILLION boxes are produced in the US each year but only a fraction are recycled. Do your part to help your new hometown! Recycle!!

Moving from place to place is exactly what you make of it—so it’s up to you if you choose to plant roots where you’re at or transplant to the next best location. Either way, you got this!

Peace, Love, & Real Estate Advice,
Christine & Glenn
The Stilley Team
Blog author image

Christine Stilley

It seems like everyone knows a Realtor. You may have a cousin, friend or close family member that is an Agent. So what sets me apart? Why should you call me before buying or selling? The answer is act....

Latest Blog Posts

How to Budget for Your Custom Home

Be strategic to create a custom home that satisfies your wish list.When you choose to build a custom home, you get to take control of what amenities and features you pay for. Instead of settling for

Read More

The Heat is On: How Rising Mortgage Rates Are Impactiing the Spring Housing Market

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and the spring housing market is heating up — right? Once the market cooled off at the end of 2022, real estate experts predicted the 2023 housing

Read More

8 Things To-Do When You Move Out-of-State

Let’s paint a picture. You’ve just finished a mighty game of Tetris with the moving boxes, the family waves goodbye to a house once-called home, and you’ve all settled in for a

Read More

3 Steps to Planning Your Year

3 Steps to Planning Your YearEntering a new year can be overwhelming. Just like an artist’s empty canvas or a writer’s blank sheet of paper, it’s hard to know where to begin. But

Read More