How to Move from One State to Another

What to know before moving from state to state 

There are many things to do before, during and after a move to another state. All the necessary tasks can seem overwhelming, but with a solid plan and the right long-distance moving service, you can make the transition — without all the stress! Keep reading for steps to a successful out-of-state move. 

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


8 steps for relocating to a different state 

1. Research the new state 

Before making any plans, it’s important to learn all you can about the state so you’ll know what to expect.  

Here are some key things you’ll want to look at: 

  • Climate 
  • Cost of living 
  • Healthcare facilities  
  • Housing and rental market 
  • Job opportunities (if you’re not relocating for a new job) 
  • Public transportation  
  • Schools 
  • State laws and regulations (driver’s license requirements, insurance, taxes, etc.) 
  • Utilities 

2. Visit the state  

Getting used to a new home is easier if you’re familiar with the surrounding area. If possible, plan to visit the new state in person to explore the cities and towns you are considering. If visiting isn’t possible, consider looking at street views on Google Maps to see neighborhoods. You could also contact local city halls or civic groups for town information to get a feel for what areas might be the best fit. 

3. Find a place to live 

Search online or with the help of a licensed realtor to find a place that meets your needs and budget.  

4. Set a moving budget 

It’s a good idea to set a budget early so you can start saving for an out-of-state move. Some companies offer stipends to help employees with moving expenses, so check with your employer if you’re relocating for a job. 

Learn more about how much to save before moving out of state

5. Organize your move

With so many things to handle, like packing, transferring utilities and preparing pets to travel, it isn’t easy to move without a plan. Use this moving checklist for essential tasks to stay on track. 

6. Hire a long-distance moving company 

You’ll want to book your move with a long-distance moving company as soon as possible to get your preferred moving date, the best rates and the moving equipment you want.  

Often, the easiest way to move out of state is with a reputable DIY-moving service like U-Pack®. With U-Pack, you get all the benefits of a DIY move without the hassle of driving a rental truck. And if you need help loading your things, we can refer you to local moving crews to get the job done. We specialize in long-distance moves and serve all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. You can get a free online quote or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak to a moving consultant.  

Learn more about how U-Pack works.  

7. Schedule personal travel 

Depending on the distance you’re traveling, you might need overnight stops. It’s a good idea to schedule those ahead of the move to avoid having trouble finding a place to stay. Don’t forget to look for pet-friendly places when traveling with pets.

If you’re flying to your destination, purchase tickets early to get the date you want and possibly save some money on airfare. It’s also a good time to reserve a rental car if you need one at the destination or arrange to ship a personal vehicle.  

8. Tackle the remaining moving tasks (but stay flexible!) 

Moving day is approaching, so it’s time to handle things like packing and notifying utility companies to stop service. Just remember to stay flexible. Moving out of state is a big deal, so don’t worry if you fall a little behind on tasks. Just keep going, and you’ll be ready to move soon! 

I’ve moved from one place to another. Now what?

Once you’ve arrived at the new home, there are still some things to do – besides unpacking. First, congratulate yourself on a successful move, and then check out these tasks to do after moving to a new state.

Ready to move your stuff to another state?

U-Pack can help! Get a free, no-obligation quote today or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak to a moving consultant. If you have questions about U-Pack services or relocating to another state, let us know in the comments. We’re here to help!