Moving is stressful. Moving to a new state adds a whole new level of stress to the equation. Before, you box up any of your belongings follow these tips to ensure your move to a new state goes smooth.
Visit the state you plan on moving to at least once before you move. Research the various neighborhoods that interest you and then once you are there get out and explore! See if the area you are interested in moving to has a visitor center and then go visit . Ask questions about housing, career opportunities, social life, cost of living, transportation, etc.. the people who work at there are a wealth of knowledge.
Once you have decided where you would like to live look online for available apartments that are in your price range. Contact the property management companies to schedule tours, ask questions and decide on where you want to live.
Choosing a moving company doesn’t have to cause panic. Ask family and friends for companies they would recommend then double check any online reviews. Don’t accept an estimate over the phone or online. Insist that the companies you contact complete a written, on-site estimate. Ask that they provide proof of insurance and a copy of their business license as well. Read any contracts and do not sign if the contract is not complete.
Ask your new property management company for utility service contact information and schedule any required appointments. Don’t forget to cancel the services at your current apartment.
Contact your postal service to have your mail forwarded to your new address. Visit the DMV to register your vehicle, get a new driver’s license and license plates. And make sure to register to vote.
Once You Move
To feel connected join an activity, club or volunteer at a charity. New interests will keep you from feeling lonely and help you make new friends in your new state.
Planning and preparation are the best ways to avoid the stress and problems of any move but especially one that crosses state lines.
Moving to Illinois?
Oak Park’s friendly village is a great place to call home. Ranked 13th as the best place to live in the state of Illinois and receiving an A+ overall grade on Niche.com Oak Park welcomes new residents into its’ warm, diverse and socially active community, offering multiple opportunities to be involved, be entertained, be engaged and to have fun.
Whether you want to live in Oak Park’s historic Hemingway District, vibrant Downtown location or in the hip Arts District, Oak Park Apartments offers a wide selection of studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments to choose from throughout Oak Park. Plus the top rated city of Chicago, is a short 7 miles away!