Checklist for Interstate Moving

Every move needs proper planning, and an interstate move even more so.

Whether you are moving DIY or planning to hire the services of movers in New York – or movers in whatever other state you’re in for that matter – planning an out-of-state move in advance can save you plenty of stress as moving day draws closer.

There are several considerations you need to keep in mind. While a casual glance at the list of activities involved when relocating may seem a tad too much, it’s nothing out of the ordinary really.

The trick lies in giving yourself a head start by doing your due diligence in advance.

Here is a simple checklist of some of the most important things to consider when contemplating an interstate move.


This is the most crucial element of your checklist. Draft a budget and get your finances in order. This will be the difference between a seamless and problematic move.

Estimates from the American Moving and Storage Association put interstate moving costs at an average of $4,300.

Based on your location and needs, the costs may be lower or higher so budget for every eventuality. Allocate at least 15-20% of the total budget for contingencies.

Visit the state in advance

If possible, about two or so months before your move, make a point of visiting your destination state in advance to check out the new neighborhoods which will potentially be your new home.

This will give you a feel of which one would suit you best. In an ideal world, you should also settle on your new address while you’re at it.

A lot of the time, though, a physical visit may not be feasible due to time or budgetary constraints. In such a case, you can always do your research online and make all the necessary arrangements.

While this may be convenient, it’s never a bad idea to visit in person at least once before moving.

Choose your moving company

Something else you want to get out of the way at least two months before the move is to find a suitable moving company.

Consider a few options and have them all give you a moving estimate to help in your budgeting efforts, depending of course, on the type of service you have in mind – is it full-service or partial moving service?

Some 2-3 weeks before the move, check in with the moving company to confirm everything is as arranged.

Change your domicile

Now would be the perfect time to change your address effective on the date of your move.

Ensure that family and friends know your new address. This goes as well for utility companies, banks, IRS, DMV, and other relevant parties.

Failure to inform the IRS for instance may lead to a situation where you find yourself owing two states taxes, and that’s definitely a pickle you don’t want to find yourself in!

Medical and school records transfer

You can request your resident doctor to recommend his/her colleague in the destination state.

Do a medical exam and have the doctor transfer the updated medical records to the new doctor.

Parents should get their kids’ current school records to enroll them in a new school. Or, you can request the old school to do the transfer on your behalf.

The actual move

When moving day finally comes, double-check to confirm everything has been packed, labeled, and is ready for the moving truck.

Before leaving, secure your previous home and ideally, leave everything neat and tidy.

When you arrive at your destination after the long haul, confirm that all packed items are in proper condition before you sign any documents with the moving company.

Also, check to make sure all utilities are in working order.


What remains now is settling in and getting your ducks in a row. Renewing your driver’s license, for example, should be one of your top priorities.

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