Whether you do it for your career, family, retirement, love life or simply for a change of scenery, moving to another state is an exciting prospect. But it can also be a huge undertaking, especially given the many things that you need to consider before, during and after you move.
That’s why at Colonial Van Lines we provide you with a comprehensive list of long distance moving services, you can rest assured that your move will be done with professionalism, trust, and care for your belongings. When it comes to intrastate moves, it’s important to consider the following:
1. Job Opportunities
When looking at job opportunities, it’s important to ask yourself some of the following questions:
- What’s the job market like in the state?
- Is the job market expanding? Has it been consistent over the years?
More importantly, does it have multiple opportunities? Ideally, you may have a job lined up already or be transferring jobs. If not, consider the following:
- Enlisting the help of respected job recruiters in your new state
- Visiting job-hunting websites like Indeed.com and Craigslist.org
- Using a local address of a relative or friend on your job applications
- Putting networking to work to help you secure a job
2. Local Culture
Be certain to research recreational options in your new state before moving. Find out if the local culture measures up to your expectations and needs. Whether it is music, food, art, outdoor activities or sports you’re into, different states offer different options. If possible, visit your potential new state and city and see if it’s truly the kind of place you would love to live. Alternatively, visit the city’s website and check out any events, entertainment, and attractions offered.
3. Housing/Rental Pricing
How affordable are homes where you are headed? Affordable housing may be difficult to find in some cities, particularly if you have a long-list of must-have residential amenities. Find out through area locals the average price range of mortgages and rentals, no matter if you’re looking to buy or rent. Moreover, check out sites like Realtor.com and Zillow.com to see what is available and meets your criteria. You’ll be better prepared if you have a good idea of what to expect.
4. Accessing Professional Health Care Services
Moving long distance often means finding a new dentist, and other health care experts. Since states are ranked differently when it comes to cost & quality of healthcare services, it’s important to conduct a thorough research beforehand.
5. Moving to a Big City
Generally, big cities like California and New York have a higher cost of living than small cities, so you want to be sure you’ll make ends meet once you have relocated. Consider:
- Preparing a detailed spreadsheet of expected income vs monthly expenses in the big city
- Having at least 6 months to a 1 year of living expense money saved as a cushion
- Finding a second stream of income from part time work
- Your monthly charge card as well as your loan payments
- Determine if it will be cheaper to own a vehicle or use the city’s public transportation service
- Measuring the effect of the city’s income taxes, property taxes and sales tax on your pay check
If you’ve already made up your mind to move to a new state, our moving professionals at Colonial Van Lines are on-standby to make the entire moving process a breeze. Contact Colonial Van Lines today for a free quote.