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Tips for Moving Out of State: Here’s What You Need to Know for Your Big Move

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In recent years, with the advent of remote work, many are moving to different states. This week, I welcome back guest writer June Duncan who shares some tips for those planning on moving out of state. Enjoy!

If you’re moving out of state, you can be sure that it will probably be a big adjustment to have to get used to. Moreover, it’ll probably be a big change to wrap your head around because you’ll probably be moving somewhere very different from where you are right now in terms of lifestyle, quality of living, culture, etc. However, that’s not to say that you can’t prepare yourself for the change that’s about to take place. Here are some tips you can use to make the transition easier.

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Pay a visit to your new hometown

Since you’re moving so far away, it couldn’t hurt to pay a visit to a new hometown just to get a feel for where you’re moving to. Sure, you can always get a broad-based idea from YouTube or Google Maps, for example. However, you probably won’t be able to get as accurate a picture, as if you were to go there and visit it for yourself. So if you can, why not take a day trip there and do as the tourists do and visit the most popular attractions, speak to the locals to see what their opinion of the area is, try out their local cuisine, and visit the local hangouts to see what the locals get up to in their free time, etc.?

Do the necessary research for neighborhoods and doctors

Of course, if you can’t just hop on the next plane to pay a day’s visit to your new hometown,  then you can always do some research online. For example, there are many resources you can use to give you a general idea of what your new town is about, like Nextdoor, for instance. Then there’s always a website called NeighborhoodScout that will give you a detailed rundown of town-specific information such as what the crime levels are, what schools are like in the area, what the general demographic is, and real estate tips, and more.

If you’re concerned about finding a primary care physician or specialist in your new hometown, no need to worry. Thanks to the advances in telehealth, you can easily find a doctor online to make the transition easy and convenient. When you’re first getting settled, it makes sense to schedule virtual appointments with doctors to meet several in the area to see who might be the best fit for you and your family. Using an online doctor allows you to consult with a licensed physician who can assist you with treatment and even prescriptions. Most of the major insurers even help cover the costs.

Decide on a school beforehand

This is one of the most important things you can do if you have school-aged children because you want them to get settled in as quickly as possible. Moreover, you don’t want to leave this detail to the last minute since it is your child’s welfare and happiness at stake. Just visit for more information about schools in your area so you can make an informed decision well beforehand.

Create a moving budget

Before you move, Private Property points out that you’ll need to create a moving budget to determine what your budget will need to be so that you can cover the costs associated with moving all your belongings over. It should include all the extra expenses, such as setting aside some spending money to do some fun and explorative activities in the city with your family on your days off, emergency funds for unexpected expenses, insurance costs that may apply to transport your goods over as well as other miscellaneous expenses such as packaging costs and additional fuel expenses If you need to cart over some of your things yourself.

Deciding on a place to live

Understandably, if you are moving to a new town, you probably aren’t in a rush to make any hasty decisions when it comes to purchasing a home. Therefore, it may be better at least in the beginning to rent a property until you get a good idea of what’s on offer in the area before you make your mind up for good.  Here, a real estate agent can help you look for a property that meets your requirements, saving you the time and hassle of having to do it yourself.

Moving to Ohio

Perhaps you’ve decided on Ohio because you believe it to be a good contender to start building a life in. Interesting facts about Ohio include a high employment rate, beautiful parks that you can take your family to, panoramic beaches to the north, museums, and more. The cost of living in Ohio is below the US average, which means you can find affordable areas within the state to live, work, and raise a family in.

Thinking of starting your own business?

Now that you’re moving, this may have got you thinking of other things that you could do with your spare time, such as starting a potential side business or even a full-time business eventually. You shouldn’t leave out creating a business plan in the planning process because this is such a vital part of business planning. Therefore, be sure to include details such as what the structure of your business will be, what funding you might need, what your financial projections are going to look like, what products or services you’re going to be offering, as well as a brief description of what your company is about, just to name a few.

In summary, moving out of state to state is sure to be quite the undertaking. But if you follow a few of these tips including visiting your new town beforehand and researching neighborhoods, schools, and doctors, it can be an exhilarating experience. So try to have fun with it and enjoy the process so that you don’t end up feeling more stressed out than you ought to be.

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Jamie Owen of the Cleveland Appraisal Blog is a certified residential real estate appraiser, here to help with your appraisal questions and needs. Reach out to Jamie today by calling (440) 263-7888 or (440) 717-3464!

June, thank you so much for sharing these tips with us! I hope you enjoyed her tips on moving. I agree with her about moving to Ohio. It’s a great place to live! 

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