Whether you are relocating for a job, a relationship, or just for a change of scenery, relocating is a major change and can bring unfathomable amounts of stress. If a relocation is not well planned, you leave the door open for mishaps which will only make things more stressful. Here are five tips to provide a smooth relocation whether you are moving to another city or across the world!


1.  Tally up your costs.

If you’re moving to a new state, it’s important to know what the cost of living will run. This will help effectively plan a large chunk of your relocation budget. Consider property taxes, transportation costs, insurance rates, and even the cost of food. If you are unfamiliar with an area, a great realtor should be able to help.

2.  Move it or lose it!

How are you moving your stuff? If you are moving yourself or using friends and family, you have to consider the cost of food, lodging, and gas. If you are using movers, the average cost can start at $25 per hour locally and $9,000 for a cross country move. Get at least three competitive quotes from different movers.

3.  Utilizing Your Utilities.

Relocating can’t be a success if you don’t have working utilities waiting for you! Not only is it important to get an estimate for what your new utilities could run, but you also have to remember to shut off your existing utilities as well. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of installation, transfers, and deposits for the essentials such as electricity, water, and phone.

4.  Are you registered?

If you are relocating to a new state, remember your driver’s license and vehicle registration will change. Most states will give you 30 days, and some require you to get a new license or register your vehicle with a new license plate. Find out those costs in advance so you can budget accordingly.

5.  You’ve got mail!

Before you bid your final goodbyes, don’t forget to go the post office or the US Postal Service website at www.usps.gov and arrange to have your mail forwarded to your new address.

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