Are you moving across state lines? If so, we’ve got some pointers for you. In this blog, we’ll share 10 of our best tips for intrastate moves to help you save time, stress, and money. 

We hope they help!

Top 10 tips for moving across state lines

If you’re moving across state lines, here are some suggestions:

#1: Donate or sell unwanted items before your move

While this is not essential to a smooth move, it can make things easier when you’re moving to another state, as you won’t be taking as much with you. Moving to a new state can add up in cost. Declutter beforehand, and save yourself some money where you can. 

Here are a few ideas on what to declutter:

  • Household appliances
  • Furniture
  • Desks
  • Tables
  • Clothing
  • Cosmetics
  • Exercise equipment

#2: Pack early on 

If you wait to pack, you may have to do everything at the last minute. Instead of scrambling, consider packing now. You can make a plan for each room in the house, select a color to label boxes by room, and get your house ready for moving day. 

#3: Shred old documents, and store important documents in a safe container

Both home offices and commercial offices can quickly get overrun with old papers you may never need to look at again. So, consider sorting your documents and shredding anything you no longer have a use for. Alternatively, if you think you may need it again, you can scan the document, upload the scan onto your computer, and then shred the document.

Here are some documents you will want to store somewhere safe:

  • Marriage license
  • Driver’s license
  • Birth certificate
  • Passports
  • Adoption paperwork 
  • Immigration paperwork 
  • Social Security paperwork
  • Social Security cards
  • Wills and trusts
  • Car insurance
  • Registration information

#4: Schedule your moving date on a weekday

In general, movers’ schedules are more open Monday through Thursday. So, if you’re looking to move quickly and affordably, try to book a move in the afternoon on one of these days of the week if you can. 

#5: Hire experienced long-distance movers

The right long-distance movers can save you a great deal of stress and time. As long as you pack, we’ll take care of everything else. We make moving a breeze. 

Why should you hire long-distance movers?

  • Our movers have years of experience with residential and commercial long-distance moves. You can trust that your items are in good hands and safe for transit. 
  • We can provide you with multiple moving services and even help with furniture reassembly if needed. 
  • We can drive the moving vehicle so that it’s one less thing for you to worry about.
  • With Bellhop, you won’t break the bank–even if you’re hiring movers for a move across state lines. 

For more information on hiring the right movers for the job, check out this guide.

#6: See if your employer will cover your moving costs

Are you making an intrastate move for work? If so, find out if your employee will compensate you for your move. It can’t hurt to ask. That may save you thousands and a lot of stress at the end of the day. 

#7: Make plans for your vehicles

Whether you have one car or three cars to worry about, the time to make a plan is now. Make sure all your vehicles are serviced and your insurance is up to date so that you don’t run into any unexpected problems on the road. 

Here are some things to look into:

  • Do you need new windshield wipers?
  • Do you have insurance and registration information handy for each vehicle? 
  • Is your car due for an oil change?
  • Do you need new transmission fluid?
  • Do you need new tires?
  • Are your hazard lights on?
  • Do you need to fix your brakes?
  • How will you get all of your cars to the new location? 

#8: Find self-storage (if needed)

If you need a place for your items, self-storage is a great option. Bellhop, for one, partners with multiple affordable and convenient self-storage providers that can help you get storage for your belongings when you need it the most. Learn more about self-storage here

#9: Double-check all details before moving day

There’s a lot to do with any move and particularly when moving across state lines. To help your move go smoothly, always double-check the little details so that you’re not left doing everything and stressing out at the last minute. 

Below are some things to look into:

  • The time and date movers are set to arrive
  • What you need to do before moving (any last-minute errands, bills, etc.)
  • Setting up mail forwarding and change of addresses, as well as closing your PO box
  • Going in person to cancel your gym membership (if required) 
  • Canceling any automatically monthly recurring expenses that you won’t need at your new home
  • Returning any books to the library
  • Closing your Internet account
  • Switching your utilities back to your landlord (if applicable)

#10: Pack an overnight bag 

While you can always pick up items on the road, stocking an overnight bag can keep you from needing to stop as much while you’re traveling and ensure you have everything you need. Grab a backpack or small suitcase, and stock it with toiletries, snacks, water, a few outfits, medication, and any important documents so that they’re all within reach. You might also include a first-aid kit in case you’re traveling to a remote part of the state or somewhere without cell reception. 

Hire “movers near me” today

Ready to start moving across state lines? Bellhop has your back. We can help with long-distance moving, local moving, last-minute moving, commercial moving, apartment moving, and more. If you need dependable movers to take you from one state to another, we can help. 

Find movers near you today.