The Ultimate Checklist for Moving Out of State

  • By Easymove
  • 03 Sep 2019

Are you planning to move out of state? Well if your answer is yes, you must be looking forward to new opportunities and exciting experiences that come with putting down roots in a new state. We guess you must have already figured out how you are going to put bread on the table after your move, so in this guide we are going to discuss the nitty-gritty of hauling your stuff to another state.

Keep in mind that this can be very stressful - particularly in a long-distance move. Here at EasyMove we have helped thousands of people move across state lines, so we know exactly how to make it stress-free.

Follow the tips outlined below to make your out-of-state move an enjoyable experience:

Follow the best moving practices

In a recent article, we provided the complete moving checklist. We explained the step-by-step process you can follow in order to make your move hassle-free. The same tips are relevant when you are moving out of state. You can also check out our article on how to move out of your parents’ house if this situation applies to you.

The most important thing you need to keep in mind is that you should start preparing for your move at least 60 days prior to the moving day. Since you are going to haul a lot of stuff in an out-of-state move, you will be able to avoid last-minute mistakes only if you are prepared ahead of time.


Another important thing to consider is whether you are going to move on your own or you are going to hire professional movers. While you can save some money in a DIY move, the biggest advantage of hiring professional movers is that they will take care of all stressful aspects of moving. Which route you want to take depends on your moving budget and individual situation.

The best thing about hiring EasyMove is that you can customize your move based on your budget and needs. You can order for a full-scale professional moving help which includes packing, loading, unloading, moving and unpacking. Alternatively, you can simply hire helpers to haul stuff such as furniture and appliances and to load and unload them.

Download the EasyMove app today to get an estimate of your moving cost.

Take care of legal formalities and documentation

Paperwork involved in an out-of-state move can be overwhelming. You need to get your address changed on a lot of documents for availing various government and private services and for avoiding penalties.

The most important documents are a new driving license, car registration papers and IRS records. A lot of information about state-specific steps you need to take to get the registration of your car changed is available online these days. You can fill up the forms online in most states, but make sure that you are following the information from authentic sources only.

Consult with a certified pubic account (CPA) to know how your out-of-state move is going to affect your tax filing obligations. You may have to file tax returns in your old state as well as in the new one. Updating your address is going to be hassle-free because all you need to do is to visit this IRS website page and follow the steps after clicking ‘Address Change Options’. 

Do you have a pet? Depending on pet-specific regulations prevailing in the state you are moving to, you may have to register your furball with your city or county. Visit the county or city website where you will most likely find all the information you need with regard to the state-specific requirements for keeping a pet.

Check if your employer will cover your out-of-state moving costs

Most employers cover the moving costs for their employees, particularly if the move is long distance. You can potentially save thousands of dollars by simply asking the human resource department of your company whether they offer the employees this great perk.

Employer moving out of state

Believe it or not, many people end up bearing the moving costs simply because they are not aware of their company’s policy in this regard. In fact, you can negotiate your relocation cost when accepting a job offer in a new state.

Utilities, memberships and subscriptions

You would definitely want to feel at home in your new state as soon as possible. For this reason, you should start searching online for the best deals on utilities, memberships and subscriptions before your relocation. You should have them in place in your new home ideally before you move in.

If you put it off till the last moment, you will waste not only time, but also money because you may end up paying more by subscribing to memberships and services in a hurry. The delay will also cause a great deal of inconvenience.

Pay special attention to valuables and important documents

Interstate moves can be time consuming. It can take your moving company up to two weeks to transport all your stuff to your new home.

While you should make sure that all your valuables and important documents are safe in any type of move, it becomes even more important in an interstate one. Things can break or go missing during those two weeks that the move is going to take.

The best strategy is to carry these items and documents on person. Another important component is that you should hire a reputable moving agency with a good track record.

EasyMove makes it extremely easy to hire trustworthy movers. You can go through reviews from hundreds of customers have left for movers on our moving app.

In conclusion

Moving out of state can be an exciting experience, but it also involves a lot of preparations and planning.  You should make sure that you will be able to sustain yourself financially in the new state. You should also know how to get a job. Many people relocate to another state, without having any idea how they will put bread on the table. It can be a costly mistake. Online job search websites make it extremely easy these days to network with recruiters in almost every city and state.

Take the cost of living into consideration when choosing a state. It will help to determine your monthly budget ahead of time and you should ideally save enough to survive for at least 3-6 months before moving.

And, when you have all these things in order, you can order for moving help on EasyMove to make your relocation stress-free.