If you’re moving out of state, you may feel a bit overwhelmed about everything on your to-do list. And for good reason – an out-of-state move can be a big process, especially if it’s the first time you’ve done it. It can also be expensive. Fortunately, just a little bit of planning can help cut costs and stress. In this post, we’ll share a few of our top out-of-state moving tips and an end-to-end checklist to help you stay on track. Let’s dive in. Your Complete Out of State Move Checklist: 5 Smart Tips Whether you’re relocating for work or moving to be closer to your family, this checklist will help you stay organized: 1. Visit your new city If you’ve never been to your new city before, go out and pay a visit before you move. During this trip, take a tour of the city’s various neighborhoods, attractions, parks, and (if you have kids) schools. If you’re staying in a hotel, ask the concierge for suggestions on what to do and what to see. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for your new town and familiarize yourself with where you’ll be living. 2. Budget your move Out-of-state moves aren’t cheap (according to recent data, long-distance moves cost an average of $4,300). With that in mind, it’s important to budget accurately. Here are a few tips we recommend: Do your research. There are many ways to save on out-of-state moves, and research is one of the most effective. Before you pack that first truck, research moving companies, packing and storage materials, and utility providers in your new location. You’ll be surprised how even a bit of research can help you save hundreds or even thousands during the moving process. Ask for a quote. Once you’ve found a moving company that you like, get a quote from the team. Here at Gallo Moving and Storage, we help you get a head start on your moving budget with our DIY video estimate tool. This fast, free quote tool provides an accurate estimate in minutes – from the comfort of your home. Factor in rentals. If you need truck or equipment rentals, factor that into your moving budget. Now is also an excellent time to consider the cost of short- or long-term storage units if you need them. Once you know how much you can afford to spend on your upcoming move, it’s easier to find the services and assistance you need to get the job done. 3. Find your new home If you haven’t already found a place to live, now is the time to do it. Unless you already know the area well, we recommend leaving at least six months for the house-hunting process. Work with a local Realtor to find a safe, clean, budget-friendly place to live in your new area. If you’re moving with pets or kids, be sure to inform your Realtor so that they can look for homes near local schools or with a large backyard for your dogs. When you finally find the place, a Realtor can help you sign the paperwork and streamline the move-in process. 4. Hire a moving company Once you have your new house nailed down, hire a moving company to help with your out-of-state move. A skilled long-distance moving company can help you avoid costly and time-consuming moving hiccups, eliminate the need for truck or equipment rentals and even provide moving supplies like boxes and tape. Gallo also offers storage in a climate-controlled warehouse, in case you have things you’re not quite ready to move. Pro tip: Never give a moving company a deposit. No reputable long-distance moving will ask for a deposit. This is one of the biggest red flags that you are not dealing with a reputable moving company. 5. Get packing As moving day draws near, you’ll want to start packing. Here are a few posts we’ve written in the past to help you with the packing process: Protecting and Moving Valuable Items Packing Holiday Decorations How to Move in a Hurry: 7 Packing Tips to Keep you Sane 7 Tips to Pack Clothes for Moving If you need more help packing, consider hiring the professional packing team at Gallo Moving and Storage. Our team of white-glove moving experts will pack your house quickly and help you get on the road in no time. For a limited time, we’re offering a special on our high-quality moving boxes. Buy boxes now and have them shipped to your home for free. Learn more here. Let Gallo Streamline Your Out-of-State Move Don’t struggle through your out-of-state move on your own. Work with the trusted team at Gallo Moving and Storage for help getting from Point A to Point B. Contact us today to learn more about our team or to get your free moving quote.