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7 Things To Do After Moving To A New State

Written by David Johnson

Moving to a new state can be a stressful event and until it is over, your life will be quite busy. It takes a lot of time and determination to successfully move from one place to another and it is even more difficult when you are moving out of state. After you have moved and relocated to your new destination, your work is far from over. You have many things you have to take care of and purchase before you can truly settle in to your new home.  That is why I’ve put together a list of 7 things to do after moving to a new state…

Turn On The Essentials

Setup New Electric Service & Other Utilities You Need

Power & Utilities One of your biggest concerns is to ensure that once you arrive, or at least soon after you do, that you will have electricity, water, and gas. These are obviously very important and sometimes it can take quite a while to get someone to activate them. A few days without water or electricity can seem like a lifetime. In order to avoid this annoying issue, try to call in advance and set up an appointment for either the day you arrive or soon after. It is an easy fix, but if you forget, it can be extremely bothersome. [hr]

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Buy Furniture & Other Necessary Home Furnishings

moving furniture Another important thing to have dealt with is your furniture situation. Are you bringing all of your old furniture or will you be leaving behind a few pieces that you cannot move? Or will you arrive to a new place with no furniture at all? It is always best to create a list of all of the furniture pieces that you will need in your new home. It is easy to forget essential items because you are so accustomed to having them around. Arrange the list from most important to least important and work your way down. By doing this, you are helping yourself stay on track and furnish your home efficiently. [hr]

Get Connected To The World Again

Setup TV & Internet Service In Your New Home

tv & internet setupWhile this may not be as essential as the last two things you will need when you move to a new state, but it is still quite important. Always remember to set up an appointment with your cable provider to get your TV and internet set up as soon as possible. Many people rely on the internet for their business and if you are one of them, getting your internet up and running quickly is a must. Your cable may also be important to you, as it can provide you with some much needed entertainment after a long day of unpacking. [hr]

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Learn A New Phone Number

Setup Phone Service With A Local Provider

Local Phone ServiceAnother thing that you may have to change is your phone information. If you move to a new state, you will most likely have to change your provider, or at least your number. There are a few things you must do to resolve this issue. One, if you have to change your provider, research which ones are the best for your area and either head to a physical location or find them on the internet. They will help you through the process of getting a new cell phone and home phone. If you must simply change your number, call customer support and they will typically help you change it very quickly for a small fee. [hr]

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Get A Driver’s License  From Your New State Of Residence

Drivers LicenseNow that you have all of that covered, it is time to address your driver’s license. When you move to a new state, you must typically change your license within thirty days, but it can vary depending on the state you are in. While this seems like a long time, it will pass quickly. It is best to get it done as soon as possible. It is actually very simple, but it just requires a bit of time. The process can also vary depending on the state you reside in, but they are all easy to complete. If you can, try to do it within your first week of arriving. [hr]

Make Sure Your Car Is Street Legal

Get Auto Insurance Coverage For Your New State

state auto insuranceAfter changing your driver’s license, you must now deal with your auto insurance. This is always a hassle, but it is a necessary one. Most likely, the process of changing your auto insurance or updating it will not be difficult. It will just be frustrating and it will take much longer than it should. However, it can sometimes be a real issue if your provider is being difficult. In order to ensure that everything goes smoothly, try to have all of your information and important documents on hand.  You will also need to update your vehicle registration and tags with your new state after you move.  Depending on the state laws, you may also have to pass a vehicle emissions test in order to register.  Check with your state’s department of motor vehicles to see exactly what you will need to get your papers up to speed. [hr]

Make Sure Your New Home Is Secure

Install A Home Security System In Your New Residence

home security system installWhile this may not apply to you, it has become very common to have a security system for your home. If you have had one before, you will need to set up and appointment to have a new system installed into your new location. If you have never had one, now may be the time to start. Crime is always around us, no matter where we move to. You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting yourself, your family, and your belongings. These systems can be expensive, but it is easy to set up an appointment to have one installed. [hr]

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You’re Almost To The Finish Line…

Once you have completed all of these important steps, it is now time to sit down and make sure that you have covered everything. It is easy to forget when you are in the process of moving, so taking this time to reflect is essential. Go through the list one more time and make sure that you have done each one properly. Once you have done that, try to remember if you have forgotten anything or if there is any other important business that you must take care of.

After all of this has been completed, you are done! There will always be a few hiccups here and there, but with a little patience and time, you can resolve these pesky issues. Moving to a new state can be stressful, so remember to take a break from all of the unpacking every once in a while to just relax. In just a few short weeks you will finally be settled into your new home and you can begin your new life.

Good luck & happy moving!

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About the author

David Johnson

I am a (former) professional mover and industry expert. I blog about the tips and tricks for moving your household and possessions safely and cheaply from A to B. I stay up to date on the moving industry odds and ends. Follow me and bookmark this site to make sure you don't spend more than you have to on your next move!

9 Comments

  • David,

    Thank you for the useful article about moving to a new state. I don’t know how critical it is to set up a new phone number, however. I’ve been in the 405 area code (Oklahoma City) for 6 months with my old cell area code of 602 from Phoenix, and haven’t had any issues being accepted, as people understand keeping a number. We have, however, got on board with a landline in the 405.

    • Hi Karen,

      Thanks for stopping by! That is a question that is better to ask your current insurance provider about. That being said, I do know that many providers have options for switching your primary care providers to new ones out of state. If they don’t provide coverage in your new state then there are options to get new insurance even past open enrollment due to your move. Check out this website for more information and call your current provider to see what they recommend. I hope this helps!

  • I just moved into a new apt complex and I typically go on Rent.com to find my new place. I did that and now my apt complex is denying my $100.00 reward because they claim they can track my IP address to show the dates do not match. What is your take on the situation?

    • Hi Lorraine,thanks for taking the time to read through these moving tips. I’m afraid that your particular question is beyond my realm of expertise and I recommend searching around the internet to find out more about what you can do to protest the claim. Good luck!

  • We have just moved to a completely different place and it was such an adventure. It takes a lot of time and preparation to adapt to the new lifestyle, to find a good school for the kids, to know the neighbors.But we all need that kind of adventure.

    • Hi Joana!

      Thanks for the great comment! Moving is ALWAYS an adventure haha…especially when you’re moving to a new state or country. The best thing you can do is plan, prepare, and accept the things that you cannot control that happen from point A to B. Take care!

  • Great article. Moving to a new state is definitely going to take some adapting. It’s important to get to know the area and make a list of what professionals you need to find such as a doctor, dentist, mechanic, etc. Thanks for sharing!

    • Definitely! Knowing your new city should be a top priority. The best way to find “the best of…” in your new city is simply to ask around and see what the locals say. Researching online reviews on sites like Yelp, FourSquare, and Google Maps is good too. Thanks for the comment Ben!

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