Moving to a new state can be somewhat scary, but it can be an exciting experience. Depending on how far you go, you may be in for an entirely new change of scenery. It usually means a new job, new place to live, and new friends to make. You may not know anybody or know where everything is, but these things change as you become adjusted to your new location. One thing about moving somewhere new, though, is the financial impact it can have. The following are some financial tips if you plan on moving out-of-state.
Get rid of anything you don’t need
It’s easy to accumulate a lot of stuff when you’ve been living in the same place for years, and it can be tempting to just pack up everything without going through it all first. While this may not be a big problem if you are just moving across town, it can be a lot more burdensome when moving to a different state. The more stuff you have with you, the more packaging materials you will need to purchase, the more time it will take your movers to sort everything, and the more space it will take up in your moving truck. When moving out-of-state, it is essential to have as much space as possible. As soon as you know you will be relocating to a different state, it is best to start sorting through all your belongings and only putting aside what you absolutely need. Many things can possibly be donated, given to a friend or family member, or thrown away.
Look for a new job as soon as you know you’re moving
A lot of people think it’s pointless to search for a new job until they arrive in their new state and settle in. However, this is not the case. While many employers are searching for a qualified candidate to fill a position as quickly as possible after posting a job ad, there are many that also indicate a future date in which they will be looking for a new employee. For instance, if someone plans on going on maternity leave, the employer will often know about this several months in advance and will know when, exactly, she will be leaving. As such, the employer may post a job ad several months in advance in order to secure a temporary replacement as quickly as possible. Scour job ads online that you qualify for and are interested in, and find out how soon they are hoping to fill the position. Also, don’t give up on jobs that you like, but indicate they need to be filled as quickly as possible. Bookmark them and revisit them after you move—there’s always the chance that they didn’t interview the perfect fit for the job yet. Perhaps that person is you!