Moving Out of State Checklist

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Moving to a new home has its own set of challenges.  When you decide to move to a new state those challenges can seem like a huge mountain to climb.  Traveling back and forth looking for a place to live, getting kids registered for school, finding doctors, and the list goes on.  The best thing you can do before you move out of state is research.  Travel to the state you are expecting to call home and stay for a week (or as many days as you can).  Take a tour of the school, scout out different places of worship, talk with the locals (especially if you are moving to an area that is popular for tourists), live in the area as much as you can.  You will get a feeling for what it will be like.  This experience will give you an idea of what it will be like to live there.  If you are not comfortable in your surroundings after a few days, you many want to reconsider your location. 

Since there are so many things to consider, we have taken the guess work out of it.  Here is our list of the top things you need to take care of when moving out of state.  Let’s get moving!

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  • Invest in a GPS
  • Find out where the locals shop
  • Find people that can help you ajust to your new surroudings
  • Kids registered for school
  • Find a daycare
  • Schedule moving truck or movers
  • Verify utilities will all be ready upon arrival
  • New state drivers license
  • New state car registration and tags
  • Voter registration
  • Health Insurance (some carries do not work across state lines)
  • Find a doctor
  • Find a dentist
  • Find specialty doctors
  • Find a local grocery store
  • Find a place of worship
  • Set up accounts with bank (order new checks / debit cards)