How to move from one state to another

What are the must-dos when moving to another state?

A move to a different state can feel overwhelming – there’s so much to handle. U-Pack has helped over 1 million people move across the country, and we can help you tackle your move, too. If you’re wondering how to move to another state, we’ve distilled the process down to just a few steps. And we’ve also given you some of our best long-distance moving tips to make the transition as easy as possible.

Family smiling as dad unloads the moving trailer after a state to state move.


7 steps to moving out of state

Don’t stress! Check tasks off this list as you plan your move to another state:

1. Determine your budget

Everything involved in the steps below will vary depending on your budget. It’s crucial to know how much you have to spend. If your employer is paying for your move, check with the human resources department to find out how much your allowances are and what you can spend them on. If you’re paying out of pocket, put pen to paper to determine how much you can save before moving day. Don’t forget to factor in extra cash from selling unwanted furniture or hosting a garage sale!

2. Figure out where you’re going to live

To get the most accurate moving quotes from out-of-state moving companies, you need to know what city you’re headed to. If you’re able to visit your new hometown before the move, make time to tour apartments or homes. If you aren’t ready to commit, look for places with shorter leases so you can get a feel for the different neighborhoods.

3. Choose an out-of-state moving company

The first question you should ask a moving service is, “Can you complete moves across state lines?” Some are only licensed for moves within a particular state, so you have to find one specializing in interstate moving.

The main choices for long-distance moving are DIY rental trucks, you-pack-they-drive services like U-Pack or full-service movers. Your budget may point you toward certain options, but also consider:

  • The amount of work you’re able and willing to do
  • The time you’ll be waiting for your stuff to get delivered
  • How you’ll travel with kids or pets

For example, if you need to drive with a child in a car seat, truck rental won’t be a good fit. Or if you don’t want to wait long for your stuff, then full-service movers are out. U-Pack strikes a nice balance between all of the different out-of-state movers — you do the packing and loading, but we do all the driving (or you can hire loading help if you need it!); your items arrive in just a few business days, so you don’t have to wait long to get settled; and you drive in the comfort of your own car, so your whole family can travel together. Learn more about how U-Pack works and get a quote to compare.

4. Pick the best time to move

When choosing your move date, there are two things to consider: the mover’s availability and your calendar. Typically, moving companies have more capacity (and sometimes cheaper rates!) mid-week or mid-month, as the weekends and ends of the month are the busiest times. But you also have to factor in things like your closing date, the start of your lease agreement, job start date or the first day of school. If the date you move out is most important, make sure the moving equipment arrives in time for you to load.

Note: U-Pack gives you three business days for loading, so we recommend scheduling equipment delivery 2-3 days before you need to hit the road.

If you’re working from a start date, give yourself time for transit and unloading. A U-Pack consultant can help you work backward to find the best move date based on your schedule, or we offer guaranteed service if you need it.

5. Reserve all things moving

Once you know how and when you’re moving, it’s time to book everything. When moving to a different state, the first thing to set is the moving service. Then base everything else off of their details:

  • Schedule any loading help for the day after the equipment arrives
  • Have a sitter ready for loading day to keep your children (human or fur baby) safe
  • Arrange for auto shipping if you need it

6. Start packing early

Order moving boxes and supplies, then start chipping away at the packing. For a move to another state, it’s super important to pack things well because they’ll be traveling a much longer distance than if they were going across town.

7. Plan travel

If you’re traveling across multiple states, plan your route and figure out where to stay overnight. You’re better off with a hotel reservation and a plan than trying to find somewhere to stop as you drive. Don’t forget to look for pet-friendly hotels if you’ll be traveling with any animals.

8. Order anything you need for the new place

As you get closer to the move, you can start ordering any furniture or items for the new place. Instead of paying to move them, have them shipped to the new home. Talk with the landlord or current residents about accepting packages before you arrive.

Ready to plan your move to another state?

Start prepping for your long-distance move now with our comprehensive moving checklist! U-Pack is here to help — give us a call or leave a comment below with any questions.