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Out-of-State Relocations

Out-of-State Relocations

Part III: Logistics & Specifics

Our last two articles have looked at marketing yourself to out-of-state employers, and then deciding if the move is the best thing for you. This final piece of this series is assuming you have decided it’s time to go, and you’re ready to plan just how.

If your employer is picking up your house, hiring the movers, and putting you up in an apartment for six months, you’ve got it made. But if you’re doing it on your own, consider that the distance and number of people you are moving will determine the best moving option. Determine first and foremost if you should sell much and move little, or keep and move it all. Take stock of what you own. If the cost to replace it is more than the cost to move it, then keep it. Realize, however, that moving climates and cultures can make your current furnishings impractical and out of place. Your wooden outdoor furniture won’t last one summer in the desert, and your metal pool chairs will rust in the Seattle rain. Does a window in cool Montana need those heavy New England drapes? Will you need the snow shovel in LA?, and what about the George Foreman Mega-Grill in your Manhattan high rise?

Once you have determined what should stay and what should go, the question is how:

·         Pack your car and drive yourself

·         Rent a trailer, hitch it to your car, fill them both and drive

·         Rent a moving truck, fill it yourself, and drive

·         Hire movers to pack, move, and unpack, and you drive your own car

·         Hire movers as listed above, and you fly

·         Fill your car with as much as you can and then ship the rest

·         Fly and pay for extra luggage

·         Rent a pod and you move it or they do

It is clear that the greater the number in your household, the more cost-effective it becomes to hire help. Visit to get informed on what you can and cannot claim in the event of moving accidents.

Realize, also, that with each of these options come hidden costs such as taxi fees, storage fees, hotel fees, gas, restaurants, one-way tickets back for those who helped you drive, and so on. The low budget option can quickly become a losing proposition when your U-Haul breaks down, your packed-to-the-brim car filled with everything you own gets stolen from the hotel parking lot (a true story), or your storage costs double upon realizing that your planned storage unit suddenly shrunk in comparison to your pile of belongings.

No move is like another, so you simply have to do your homework. Visit shipping calculator if you think you might like to ship your boxes. As it isn’t always size but sometimes weight that matters, visit weight calculator for solid estimates on what your household items actually weigh.

In the end, the question comes down to “Where do you really want to be?” If your heart, your head, and the people you love are telling you to go, then Godspeed. Make the move memorable, make the most of it, and make no mistake that this is what you wanted to do.  And if that isn’t enough, consider this wise thought:

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” Diane Ackerman, author and poet