Moving, even within a city, can be a stressful event. It is all the more exciting when you need to move to a neighboring state — the distance increases, which means it is important to take everything into account so as not to waste time traveling between cities to resolve this or that issue. If you are moving from Alberta to BC, you need to plan everything carefully. The first to-do list may look too rough and have few items, but you can always think through it more carefully — according to your needs. We suggest using these eight steps to start your list:
Exploring a new place
Research your new state — you’ll want to know its cost of living, housing market, job opportunities, and local amenities. Create a budget to estimate your moving expenses.
You will need to inform your current utility providers (electricity, water, gas, internet, etc.) about your move and plan to disconnect or transfer services for the date of your move.
Search for accommodation
This stage can last a long time — you will need to communicate with real estate agents and study available offers online. Be sure to schedule a visit to your potential accommodation to find a suitable location. Once you find one, sign a lease or purchase agreement.
Decluttering and packing
You have to make an extensive list of all the things and make a decision: something will remain in its old place, something can be donated or sold, something will have to be thrown away. Buy packing materials and start packing your things in advance. Each box should be marked with its contents and the room to which it is to be delivered. Also pack a box of essentials you’ll need immediately upon arrival, such as toiletries, clothing and important documents.
Hire a moving company
Find and hire a reliable moving company that has experience moving interstate. Get a quote and choose a company that fits your budget and offers the services you need. Plan your moving date in advance.
Update legal and personal documents
Notify the appropriate agencies and agencies of your address change, including the post office, banks, credit card companies and your employer. Update your driver’s license and vehicle registration to reflect your new address.
Plan your move
Decide how you will get to the new state. Check your car: If you are driving, you should drive your car in good condition. If you choose to fly, book your tickets in advance and arrange transportation from the airport to your new home. When moving, keep important documents such as birth certificates, passports and medical records in a secure folder.
Settle down in a new place
As soon as you arrive at your new place, unpack your kitchen and bedding. Relax and explore the surrounding area, including schools, health facilities and essential services. Register your vehicle and update your voter registration to vote in local elections.
Moving to a neighboring state can be a daunting task, but careful planning and attention to detail can help ensure a successful transition to your new home.