Whether you’re relocating for a job or to be closer to family, the process of moving from one state to another can be expensive. To keep your expenses within reason, it’s always wise to plan and create a moving budget. The following are just a few of the expenses to keep in mind as you plan a long-distance move, along with some tips on how to reduce your moving costs.

While it might be cheaper to rent a truck, doing all the moving yourself can be stressful!
While it might be cheaper to rent a truck, doing all the moving can be stressful!

Renting a Truck vs. Hiring Movers

If you’re planning a DIY move, be aware that truck rentals are expensive when you cross state lines. Some truck rental companies charge by the day and then they request additional funds for mileage. This could mean that you’ll end up spending hundreds of dollars just to transport your belongings. You might be able to negotiate a lower rate by establishing a fixed rate for a set number of days.

Alternatively, you might want to consider hiring long distance movers. Instead of paying to rent a truck, you can play a little extra to have professionals do all the hard work of transporting your goods for you. Interstate moving companies have all the necessary equipment to safely and efficiently move your things, and you’ll be spared the headache and stress of trying to drive a huge moving truck. For the best rates when hiring movers, try to move during the off-season (October-April) and be flexible about your delivery date.

You might want to weigh the costs of driving your car versus having it shipped.
You might want to weigh the costs of driving your car versus having it shipped.

Automobile-Related Expenses

Moving to a new state means you’ll incur car-related expenses as well. In addition to the gas and wear-and-tear on your vehicle during the move itself, you’ll also be forced to register your vehicle and order a new driver’s license. Most states require that these items be taken care of within a designated time. The expenses involved in registering your car in a new state can soar into the hundreds depending on where you’re moving. Though there’s not much you can do about the expense of licensing and registration, you might want to consider having your car shipped to its destination. Sometimes the expense of gas, oil changes, and hotel nights is more expensive than flying and having your car separately transported.

Keep in mind that you'll have to transfer your utilities, which means you'll have to put new deposits down.
Keep in mind that you’ll have to transfer your utilities, which means you may have to put new deposits down.

Transfer of Utilities

If your new state does not have the same electric company, cable company and phone company that your old state had, you could find yourself paying a brand-new utility deposit to turn on these services. The average utility deposit is $200. You may be able to negotiate a lower utility rate if you can show the new utility company that you have paid past bills in a timely fashion.

Boxes and Packing Materials

Your boxes and your packing materials can get expensive. Just one box can cost you $2 to $5, and you’ll probably need dozens to get everything packed. Plus, you’ll also need bubble wrap, moving tape, plastic wrap, and packing paper to ensure all your things are adequately protected. To save on packing supplies, try to get old boxes from your local grocery store or beg used boxes off family and friends. If you’re hiring a moving company, they’ll likely throw in free boxes to sweeten the deal.

These are just a few moving-related costs that you’ll need to consider as you plan your move. Remember, there’s almost always a way to reduce moving expenses with a bit of planning ahead. For additional moving tips, be sure to check out the Facebook blog from our moving partners at Great Guys.

 

People Relocating to Lone Star State

The state of Texas has a massive number of people moving into the state and growing its cities. According to the Office of the State Demographer, millions of Americans have poured into the Lone Star State in the last decade. Many of those moving to Texas hail from California, Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Why is Texas attracting so many people? There are lots of reasons why!

1. The Texan Economy is Booming

These Texas movers note that a huge chunk of newcomers is moving to Texas simply because it has great employment opportunities. The state has seen a growth in the job market, particularly in industries like oil, technology, manufacturing, and renewable energy. The state is teeming in natural resources, leading to many business and employment opportunities. Additionally, the state has plenty of acres of farmland. Much of the state’s revenue comes from livestock, cereal crops, fishing, cotton and mineral resources. It also produces a fair amount of wind energy. Overall, Texas has the 2nd largest economy in the United States and one of the biggest in the world.

Texas has abundant natural resources and a booming job market, which means unemployment rates here are lower across the board.
Texas has abundant natural resources and a booming job market, which means unemployment rates here are lower across the board.

2. The Affordability of Living

The Lone Star State boasts a low cost of living, meaning it’s budget-friendly when it comes to paying for utilities, transportation, housing, and consumer goods. Land here is cheaper to buy than in most other places in the United States, making home ownership more feasible too.

3. The Lower Taxes

Texas is among seven U.S. states where residents do not have to pay state income tax. While the property tax of the state is rather high for homeowners, most taxpayers in Texas enjoy a low tax rate overall.

4. The Down-To-Earth People

Texans have a reputation for being warm, unpretentious, and easy to get along with. While many rural Texans have strong conservative values, the political views are more varied in cities like Austin and Houston. Newcomers who move to Texas are quick to realize that not all Texans fit the gun-toting stereotype. The down-to-earth nature of Texans is often what entices people to its communities.

5. Austin is Popular

The capital of Texas is experiencing an unprecedented population boom. In the early 2010s, Austin was the fastest growing city in the country. People enjoy the city for its thriving nightlife, breathtaking natural views, and delicious Tex-Mex cuisine. Austin isn’t the only popular city to live in. Texas has a nice variety of cities to choose from including San Antonio, Dallas, El Paso and Fort Worth.

Texas’ low cost of living and favorable tax rates are lucrative for many people moving from expensive states like California.
Texas’ low cost of living and favorable tax rates are lucrative for many people moving from expensive states like California.

6. A Changing State

As the population of Texas continues to increase, its culture and demographics are expected to change. However, since the 18th and 19th centuries, Texas has attracted a melting pot of peoples from around the world, so the state is certainly equipped to deal with any changes in the future. If you too are moving to the Lone Star state, be sure to check out this site. Our partner Apple Moving is one of the oldest moving companies in Texas, with four convenient locations in San Antonio, El Paso, Killeen, and Austin. If you’re planning a Texas relocation, these are the guys to call!

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Any time that someone moves from state to state, it can be a very stressful event. While the entire process can seem very daunting and like too much to handle, there are many ways that you can keep the stress from getting overwhelming. With these pointers, your move to another state can be a lot easier than going into it blindly.

1. Make Lists First

Creating a checklist of moving to-dos can help keep your move organized.

Making a few lists of things to do and what you absolutely cannot afford to leave behind on accident can be one of the best things to do to prevent making a big mistake. The two most common types of lists to make when planning a big move are a list of loose ends to tie up such as turning off utilities, changing your address, and letting all your contacts know you are relocating, as well as a list of your valuables that will be coming with you if they are being moved by a moving company for insurance purposes.

2. Make Sure to Pack Things Efficiently

Try to pack as many things into your boxes as possible to avoid wasting packing materials and making the move more difficult than it must be. On the flip side, be sure not to overpack boxes. Heavy objects should be packed in smaller boxes, while light items like linens and towels can be packed in larger boxes. Be sure to check out our moving hacks article for some great tips on packing efficiently.

3. Get Rid of Things You Won’t Need After Your Move

According to Updater, it is much better to move when you are not transporting an excess of belongings, especially when it is things that you don’t absolutely need to take with you. Have a yard sale, donate things, or give unnecessary items to friends or family who might use them.

4. Write Out a Budget to Keep Costs in Check

Avoid overspending when moving. Have a budget for all the things moving related.

Moving takes money, plain and simple. If you don’t budget your move, including gas and renting a moving truck (which may cost extra to get across state lines), you will likely run into the issue of running out of money or becoming bogged down with more expenses than you originally expected. Plan your spending wisely for any interstate move. See our post for more on cross-country moving costs.

5. Be Sure to Know Your Movers

Make sure that your moving company is a reputable one and that they not only give you contact information that you double check, but that they carry insurance on their trucks and on your belongings while in transit.

6. Have an Emergency Bag Packed

Keep an emergency bag packed for any move, especially interstate or cross country ones. This is important to make sure that you are safe and that people know who to contact when you have an emergency.

7. Be Sure Your New Place is Move-In Ready

Nothing is as bad as moving into a place that is totally uninhabitable. Be sure to have a source for entertainment and some portable furniture to take with you for the first few days you are in a new place. It’s also wise to pack non-perishable foods and a box or bag with all of your first week essentials, like clothing, toiletries, medicine, etc.

 

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Moving all your belongings can be confusing if you don’t organize things well, and sometimes the sheer volume of items you must pack can seem overwhelming. Luckily, there are a lot of hacks you can use that will help you save time, protect your belongings, and get through the move with grace. Here are some of our favorite moving tips:

1. Buy More Supplies Than You Think You Need

No one wants to find the night before the move that they’ve run out of boxes or tape. That last-minute run to the 24-hour big-box store is not going to make your life easier. Instead, buy more tape, filler material, and boxes than you think you need. You can always store the extra tape for later use and recycle the extra boxes. Given that boxes are rather inexpensive, you won’t lose too much money at all if you end up not using a few.

2. Label Box Contents

Instead of labeling boxes with just the name of the rooms they go in, label them with content names. Twenty boxes labeled “living room” aren’t going to make your life easier. But boxes labeled with “books,” “dishes” and other contents will be faster to unpack.

3. New Boxes May Be Better — and Plastic Even More So

Some moving hacks have you asking grocery stores for their spare boxes, and that’s a good move if you’re truly strapped for cash. But if you can afford new boxes, use those. Although a great way to reduce the cost of your move, used boxes can harbor roaches and other bugs that could decide to stick around in your new home. Even better are reusable plastic storage containers because few pests want to chew through that material.

4. Put All Cosmetics in Plastic Bags

Take all your cosmetics, including toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, and place each in a sealed plastic bag. If the containers open during the move, the bags will contain the spill. Repeat this for all liquid and powder items; you can get extra-large bags for things like laundry detergent bottles. Alternatively, Complex recommends using plastic wrap to seal off the liquid from the cap opening.

5. Label or Photograph Cords

Before you dismantle your electronics, take a picture of how they’re all set up, or label the cords so you know which goes where when you try to plug everything back in. Also, store the unplugged cords in plastic bags that you’ve labeled with the gizmo that uses the cords.

Try speaking with professional movers about the hacks they use themselves, or about the cool ones they’ve seen. The easier your belongings are to move, the easier the job will be for the movers, so they should be able to give you some additional pointers.