Are you thinking about moving to a new state? If so, you're probably overwhelmed with all the changes and decisions you'll need to make. Moving to another state can mean having to adjust to a new climate, a higher cost of living and other changes. Here are nine of the top factors to consider when moving out of state, along with the importance of choosing the best moving company.
1. Employment Opportunities
Unless you already have a new job awaiting you, it's unwise to move to another state before checking out employment availability in your specific industry. One way to do this is by using job-hunting websites, such as Craigslist, Monster.com, and others. Also, find out the major industries where you plan to move and if they're hiring.
2. The Housing Market
Chances are, there are differences in the housing market. Thus, it's critical that you examine a new state's real estate market and compare it to where you live now. If you do find that homes and rentals cost considerably more, make sure the salary from your new job can cover expenses.
3. Changes in the Cost of Living
One of the main factors to consider when moving to another state is the cost of living. In other words, your financial situation could change, especially if you're moving to a state with a higher cost of living. To give you an idea of what to expect, regarding how far your paycheck will go each month, use a cost of living calculator.
Besides housing expenses, include what you'll be paying for utilities, energy bills, food and other costs to ensure you can afford to live in the new state. What's more, consider state income taxes as well as making sure property taxes and the sales tax of the new state fits your budget.
4. Changes in Insurance Rates
Find out how moving to a new state will affect the insurance rates of your auto, homeowners or rental insurance by checking with your insurance agent for quotes. Additionally, ensure your current provider provides coverage in the state in which you plan to relocate.
5. Healthcare Facilities
While having high-quality, convenient healthcare is important to people of all walks of life, it's especially critical for seniors. That's why you need to find out about healthcare quality and where there are reputable primary care physicians, specialists, and dentists. Furthermore, look for neighborhoods that aren't remotely located from hospitals and other medical centers.
Another consideration when relocating to another area is the weather. In addition to affecting your well-being, changing from a tropical or mild climate, such as South Florida, to a colder environment can significantly impact your energy costs and limit your outdoor activities. Therefore, you'll need to research a new state's weather data, such as its seasonal temperatures and annual precipitation before making a decision.
7. Traffic and Transportation
Traffic and transit systems are other factors to consider. Will you be moving to an area that offers exceptional transit systems, or will you need a vehicle to get to work and other places you need to go? What about your daily commute to work? Can you afford commuting costs? If you need to buy a new car, consider this will entail additional expenses.
8. Schools and Colleges
Of course, if you have children, you'll be particularly interested in choosing an area that offers high-quality schools and colleges. One way to find out about public schools is by asking for school ratings from a local real estate agent. Maybe you're an empty-nester or newly retired and are looking forward to taking classes at a nearby college or community center. That's why it's important to check the educational opportunities in a new state before moving.
9. The Right Moving Company
Make sure you choose a moving company that's highly skilled and has an excellent reputation for state-to-state moving because not all moving companies are the same. Check online reviews from past clients, besides compare quotes from several companies. Moving out of state means moving all your belongings. You don't want to worry about your items becoming damaged, destroyed or lost, so be sure your moving company offers good insurance coverage. Go over every detail in your contract for both storage and moving services, knowing what is covered and what isn't covered.
To make moving as stress-free as possible, let Solomon & Sons Relocation Services handle every aspect of your next move. Our full-service moving company, based in South Florida, services all states. Please contact us for a free quote.