Moving can be an exciting experience, but it the unknowns surrounding the move can make it a bit scary as well. If you have lived in the city, it may take some time to get used to the relative quiet of the suburbs or frequent encounters with animals in a rural setting. What are some other things to keep in mind when moving?
Give Yourself Plenty of Time to Complete the Transition
It can take several hours to complete a move across town or within your local area. In the event that you are moving to a new state, that process could easily take multiple days. Remember, there is more to a move than just putting your stuff in a new place. You have to make sure that you have your cable and internet turned on and that you can turn the lights on that first night in your new home.
Don’t Forget to Stop By the DMV
You will need to update your drivers license to reflect your change in address. If you move to a new state, you will need to turn in your old license and get a new one issued by that state. In addition to getting a new license, it may be necessary to register your vehicle and pay state sales tax when moving to a new state. It may also be necessary to change your address, which you can do online.
Get the Kids and Pets Ready for the Change
Your kids may not want to leave the only home that they have ever lived in. A long distance move may mean having to change schools and make new friends. If you have a cat, it will not be happy that its environment has been changed. Therefore, you may want to have it stay with a friend or relative until the move is completed to reduce the stress it will experience during the process.
You Don’t Have to Sell Your Home
If you are moving out of a home that you own, you don’t need to sell it before you leave. In fact, it may be easier to rent it and make money in the process. There is nothing wrong with living in an apartment or with any friends you may have in town until you get settled. This may be best for those who have to move quickly or think that the move is temporary.
Moving is an experience that almost everyone will go through. However, with good planning and advance preparation, you can make your move go as smoothly as possible. Good planning will also help your kids, pets and anyone else in your family get past the negatives and embrace the change that is coming.