Moving—especially moving states—is a much more complicated process than just packing boxes and driving a moving truck. In fact, it can be plain ol’ stressful!—that is, if you aren’t well prepared ahead of time. Here are three overlooked pain points you should consider planning for before making the big move.
Moving never comes without its financial strains. However, there are ways to maneuver through the transition period easily and flawlessly. First, keep in mind that every state is different when it comes to certain financial elements, such as taxes and costs of living. Make sure that you research expected differences in income tax and property tax and how changes in taxes will affect your current budgets.
Second, research the area to get a good idea of average cost of living. If the average cost of living is higher than your home state, you may want to think about ways you could cut daily living costs or save money in other ways. Finally, consider possible differences in costs of education, college savings plans, estate plans, and investments. You may want to amend or update your will before leaving. Be sure to communicate with your bank about all these changes.
Transitioning to a new state can greatly affect your career as well. Depending on your field or job position, you may have to apply for new licensing or certification. This process of certification or licensing nearly always has additional costs. For example, while it’s not as expensive to register your real estate license in another state as it is to get registered in the beginning, it still has a cost. Be sure to research ahead of time how your career might be affected and plan accordingly.
One of the most overlooked pain points about moving states is change in healthcare. You never tend to miss your doctors or dentists more than when you go without and have to find new care facilities.
Before moving, research ahead of time who the best health care providers are in your new area of choice. Set up trial appointments so that, once you get moved in, you can meet with each of these clinicians before making your final choice. This is one of the most important things to take care of in case of illness or emergency during the moving process. Who knows what might happen after lifting all those 100-pound boxes!
While moving states can be a great adventure—new home, clean state, local cultural differences—there are always overlooked pain points that can add to the stress of moving if not taken care of. However, if you plan well enough ahead, your move should run much more smoothly than imagined.
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