Ever since I made the decision to move out of state, my life has been crazy and hectic. As this will be my second move across the country in two years, I've started a list of how I'm preparing to move out of state.
After I moved to Seattle from Florida, I swore I would never drive across the country again. Well, you know what they say about never say never. After 24 months in a new city, I'm moving back to the South and I couldn't be more excited!
In an effort to be prepared, I've gotten a headstart on planning. I really don't want to leave everything to the last minute and am really making an effort to stay organized!
Here's how I'm preparing to move out of state
Sell my furniture
All of my furnishings are courtesy of Ikea, Pier 1 and Craigslist. Because I chose to purposefully purchase inexpensive furnishings, I never had any plan to have these items long term. This includes furniture, lamps and other accessories.
Because it costs more money to ship furniture than what my furniture is worth, I plan on selling my items and purchasing new (to me) furniture once I move.
Once I near my 30-day moving date, I plan on selling my furniture through:
- My local apartment complex forum
All of my furniture is in excellent shape. If I am unable to sell an item, I plan on donating it to my local Goodwill.
Get rid of unused items on eBay
I have a ridiculous walk-in closet that is bursting with clothes, shoes and all sorts of accessories. And I can honestly say I wear about 10% of everything in my closet.
I have already started listing items on eBay. I plan on listing a handful of items each week on eBay until I move. This gives me plenty of time to get organized!
Sell electronics online
I have a couple of old cell phones, a Nook and all the cords that are tucked away in a box. Sadly, there isn't anything wrong with these items – I just felt the need for an upgrade.
I also have a fairly new “all in one” printer, copier and fax machine that needs to go. I've been fortunate to live in apartment complexes that include an office with computer and print stations and all the fixings, so mine has been collecting dust for two years. It's in the way and needs to go!
After a quick search on ebay and Craigslist, my items have a pretty good shot to sell as-is or for parts.
Start shopping online early
One of the best ways I'm preparing to move out of state is by starting my research early. Having an Amazon Prime membership is really convenient.
I plan on purchasing a new mattress and other household items through Amazon and having it arrive at my new address the day after I move in. I am going to be tired after the long drive and will not feel like running around to different shops to stock up on supplies. This will save me time and nothing beats free shipping.
I also plan to use Ibotta, which is another free cell phone app. You use it after you go grocery shopping and use your receipt. It's basically a rebate app, so you can earn anywhere from 50 cents to $5 off everything you buy.
My favorite part about this app is that it's not always brand specific, like a lot of coupons are. So you'll be able to scan “any brand of bread” for 50 cents off, etc. If you do coupon – you can STILL use Ibotta and get a rebate. For the diehard couponers out there, this will often result in getting an item for FREE. Crazy, right?
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Give my car a tune-up
I'll be adding nearly 2,500 miles to car over the course of three days, which means I need to make sure my car is in great shape.
I recently took my car in for some major work and she is almost as good as new. Aside from this out of the ordinary maintenance, I am evaluating my tires, getting an oil change and making sure my car is near perfect. The last thing I want is a problem to occur while I'm on the road in unfamiliar territory.
Fill my prescriptions
Having all my medication is essential. I plan on making sure all my refills are filled prior to moving. I also plan on researching what pharmacies are in my area prior to moving in case of an emergency.
Pre-book my lodging
I'm a big fan of hotel reward loyalty points, so I'm planning on booking my hotel stays with a chain that I have points with. And, since I'll be traveling with pets, I've been sure to look for only pet-friendly lodging.
Plus, the earlier the hotel room is booked, the better the savings. I'm in the process of combining cashback sites like Rakuten with different hotel chains to maximize my savings. Rakuten literally pays you cash back when you make a purchase online and then deposits the cash back into your PayPal account.
While I know I haven't covered everything when it comes to moving, I definitely have a good start. I promised myself that I wouldn't wait until the last minute to get organized this time around and am feeling more confident with the moving process.
Make sure my savings account is ready to go
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Other (Little Things) I'm Preparing To Do
Although the 7 to-dos listed up top are the most important tasks on my to-do list, there are a few more things I plan on doing as I prepare to move out of state.
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Save All the Receipts Related to My Move
It’s never a bad idea to keep receipts. For example, donating a bunch of items (like I plan on doing) can mean a tax write-off. And, keeping track of finances while moving across the country is easier when I know what I'm spending my money on and why.
Forwarding My Mail
This is something that I've forgotten to do until the last minute, and it can become a hassle. You don't want to miss out on anything important! So make sure your mail is forwarded to your new address asap. If you don't know what you'll address will be, get it forwarded to a PO Box, or to someone you trust. Just don't forget to do it!
Moving Out Of State: Making It All Work
While moving is always stressful, having priorities and knowing what to do makes it all easier. Now that I have a plan, and know what to do, I can make sure everything is (at least mostly) done before I leave. That takes a huge weight off my shoulders. It also keeps me accountable, because I don't want to be stressed out!
Have you ever moved out of state? If so, how did you manage? Was it stressful or did you plan ahead to make sure it wasn't?