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The Pros and Cons of Moving Out of State
To say the least, moving out of state is a big decision. It affects every aspect of your life and impacts your career and family. All Jersey Moving & Storage has worked with many families as they begin new chapters in states across the country --- and we’ve seen it all: the stress, the excitement, the checklists, and more.
An out of state move brings not only a new home, but a new life. Each state and town has its own identity and it takes time for the families we move to adjust to all their new home and community has to offer.
People move out of state for a myriad of reasons, from job opportunities to the desire to be closer to family. Whatever the reason may be, your new home will have a plethora of pros and cons. Leaving your home can feel overwhelming, especially if you’ve lived there for many years and have mixed feelings about leaving.
As you debate your decision, here are the common advantages and disadvantages of moving out of state, especially New Jersey.
Advantages of Moving Out of State
There are many benefits to moving out of state. We have outlined some of the more common ones below, particularly for those opting to move out of New Jersey.
More Affordable Cost of Living
New Jersey is an expensive state to live in. Moving out of state, depending on where you relocate to, may come with the benefit of more affordable cost of living. You may find cheaper food, lower taxes, and more financial benefits.
As for housing in particular, moving out of New Jersey may allow you to find comparable housing at a lower cost. For the same cost as your property in New Jersey, you may be able to invest in a larger property. Renting costs may also be lower out of New Jersey. This is because New Jersey’s proximity to New York City inflates housing prices. Moving away may bring the added benefit of more affordable housing.
You may have grown tired of the weather as a New Jersey resident. The weather is often quite cold in the winter and humid in the summer. This four-season state may have you considering relocating to an area that is warmer year-round. Florida, California and even North Carolina may be suitable locations if you’re in search of warmer weather. If the humidity tires you, Arizona is a great choice.
A Chance to Start Fresh
Moving out of state gives you an opportunity to start life almost anew, changing everything from your circle of friends to daily habits and routine. This may be tempting if you’re itching for change, desire a career switch, or want to reinvent yourself. You can set new goals, create new habits, and mold your life.
Challenges with Out of State Moving
No move is simple, especially when it comes to moving out of state. Here are some challenges you may come across when moving out of a state like New Jersey.
Farther from New York City & Airports
If you work in New York City or enjoy frequenting it, a move away from New Jersey will likely take you farther from New York City. This may affect your work commute, which airport you fly out of, and where you spend your weekends. Remember, New Jersey is quite convenient, located only 22 miles from the John F. Kennedy International Airport and 13 miles from the LaGuardia Airport in Queens. Moving out of state may take away this city convenience.
Moving out of state requires that you must start anew again. It will take a while to become familiar with your neighbors, discover your favorite local restaurants and simply feel at home. It can be overwhelming to feel comfortable in a new community. You may feel lonely or uneasy for the first few months. You’ll be farther away from friends and familiar faces (unless of course you moved closer to friends and family!).
Extra Paperwork & Registrations
Moving out of state requires more than finding a new home, selling your old home (or cancelling your lease), packing up, and moving in. You’ll need to get a new driver’s license, register your pets, change your mailing address, and update billing addresses. Many of these items will be done with city offices and systems that you are unfortunately unfamiliar with. Each state has their own way of doing things and you’ll need to identify the procedures you’ll have to follow.
Farther from Beaches
New Jersey has beaches that are much less crowded, as it sits just across the river from New York. You may miss gems such as the Newport Sand Beach when you move away from the coast.
Strategies for a Successful Move
There are specific steps you can take when moving out of state to ensure a successful move. Here’s what we recommend at All Jersey Moving & Storage…
Hire a Professional Moving Company
Hiring professional movers like All Jersey Moving & Storage will allow you to focus on setting yourself up for success in your new home and adjusting to life in your new community. You’ll have more time to take care of the required paperwork and registrations. In addition, professional movers are licensed and insured, providing you with extra peace of mind during this overwhelming transition. They’ll securely pack up and move your things while you focus on tacking your moving out-of-state checklist. Be sure to hire a moving company specifically experienced with long distance moves and out-of-state moves.
Secure Your Preferred Moving Date ASAP
Many moving companies book far in advance, especially for weekend moves and summer moves. At All Jersey Moving & Storage we always try to accommodate last minute moving requests, but we still encourage you to book well in advance to secure your preferred moving dates. When selecting a date, be sure to consider school schedules, work calendars and even birthdays and holidays.
Move Sooner Rather than Later
If you procrastinate your move, you may find yourself feeling more and more anxious as move-related worries build in your mind. You may even get cold feet and shy away from moving altogether. Moving at an earlier date will enable you to settle in sooner to your new home and become comfortable in your new routine. Plus, you can begin to cross things off your checklist such as getting your new license or paying your property taxes.
Start Preparing & Packing Now
If you’ve decided to move out of state, start preparing and packing now. Moving is not an everyday task and will take some time to prepare. This is especially true if you have a lot of possessions. You’ll need to declutter, sell or donate items, as well as sort and pack prized possessions. If you’re concerned about safely packing antiques and heirlooms, we can help! All Jersey Moving & Storage has decades of experience packing and carefully moving fine art, pianos and other valuable, precious collections.
Declutter & Donate
The best way to narrow down your items before a long distance move is to declutter and donate. Get rid of things you haven’t used in a year, donate clothes you no longer wear and give away heirlooms that may not suit your new home. If time permits, you can also sell unwanted items online or at a garage sale and put those funds toward your move or use them to purchase furniture and décor for your new home.
Temporarily Put Belongings in Storage
If you aren’t prepared to part with certain items of furniture and other possessions or need to store them temporarily or long term, you have options. All Jersey Moving & Storage has a containerized storage facility, allowing for secure, stress-free storage of your valued items. Your possessions can be securely packed away in wooden crates until you’re ready to move them into your new home, sell them or give them to select friends or family.
When Moving Out of State, Don’t Forget to:
*Obtain a new driver’s license for you and any other individuals in your family who have a license
*Register your pets
*Update your voting registration
*Change your mailing & billing addresses
*Verify property, income and sales taxes and consider how they’ll affect your finances
*Transfer your utilities (water, sewer, gas, electric, internet)
*Say goodbye to close friends
*Create a moving budget
*Plan a garage sale or post items for sale online
*Measure your new home for furniture placement
Why Choose All Jersey for Your Out of State Move
We’re an expert out-of-state moving company with strong customer reviews, awards, and a team of trained, professional movers you can trust. We have the experience, equipment and disposition required for a successful move.
Hiring All Jersey Moving & Storage comes with countless benefits:
Professional Movers Can Pack and Unpack Everything for You
We understand how stressful it can be to pack everything you own, especially after you’ve gone through the painstaking process of decluttering and donating many items. Consider utilizing our packing & unpacking services. The very same team that packs your items will also unpack the items at your new home. This adds an extra level of assurance during your stressful out-of-state move. It also streamlines the moving process.
If you don’t need help packing everything, we also offer partial packing and unpacking services. Whether you need help carefully packing a few select, precious heirlooms, want help with one specific room, or need help unpacking everything in your new home, we’ll work with you to meet your needs.
Hiring Experts Decreases Your Stress Levels
If you’re moving to another state, you’ve got a lot on your plate to say the least. Let experts like our team at All Jersey Moving & Storage take care of the move for you. We want you to have the time and headspace required to happily and smoothly move to your new state.
A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau
We also have the Super Service Awards from Angie’s List.
Upfront Legal Contract
You shouldn’t have to worry if the company you’re working with will follow through on their promises. That’s why we provide an upfront legal contract. You’ll be able to review it in detail prior to hiring us to ensure that we’ll complete your move as requested, and it’s guaranteed in writing.
Even if you’re moving across the country, we have best-in-class moving services available nationwide through our trusted partners.
Reliability & Experience
Ultimately, hiring All Jersey Moving & Storage can make an out-of-state move efficient, reliable, and seamless, allowing you to focus on your transition and the exciting new chapter you’re about to begin. Packing, unpacking, storing, transporting — we can take care of it all with care, expertise and professionalism.
We’ve moved hundreds of families out of state since we were established in 1992. Moving is more than packing your things into a moving van — it’s a relocation of your entire life and all you hold dear. You can trust us to make this a positive experience for you. Moving out of state doesn’t have to be overwhelming – we’re here to help.
You can contact us today for a free moving estimate. We look forward to discussing the details of your move out of state.