Series: Relocation

What to Do Before Moving Out of State

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

Getting ready to live in a new city can come with its own set of worries and concerns—and of course, excitement.

We’ve put together a comprehensive guide with tips to get you ready for your out-of-state move. From car insurance to packing tips, we want to make sure your relocation is all smooth sailing. Of course, if you land in any one of the places where Zeus has put down roots, we’ll be ecstatic to provide you with accommodations in your new place with our long term, furnished rentals.

Nail Down the Job

Whether you’re sticking with your current job or finding a new one, moving to a different state means nailing down the professional details. Some people move for the sole purpose of job relocation, which can come with a nice relocation package. Others set off in search of something new. Even if you don’t have a job squared away, come up with a game plan for when you cross state lines and arrive in your new city.

Change Insurance

Depending on your coverage, you may need to switch your insurance when you move out of state. For car insurance, moving to a new city often means changing your coverage and getting a new driver’s license. When it’s not open enrollment, health insurance typically requires a change within 60 days of moving (with documentation to prove it). Changing insurance can be a pain, but it’s a worthwhile step.

Create Your Budget

Moving expenses can add up fast; so can living expenses. If you’re moving to a different state, calculate your budget beforehand so your moving costs don't get in the way of paying your new bills. You want to have enough set aside for your monthly rent or mortgage, utilities, and all other bills upon arrival. Some utilities can charge an initiation fee, and most buildings require a security deposit. Mapping it all out beforehand will make the overall move smoother.

How to Move

If you’re moving with your belongings, you’ll have to figure out how to get them there. When budget allows, a moving truck or state moving company can make things a whole lot easier. Maybe you want to opt for a moving container or small trailer attached to your car. In some cases, the cheapest way may be to sell it all and start fresh. Interstate moves are different for everyone. But figuring out what to do before moving out of state (before you actually have to do it) it’s always the best bet.

Make a Checklist

Moving out of state can get busy. Before you dive into it, make a checklist for moving into a new house (and moving out of the old one). This can include everything from cleaning supplies to furniture, but it will help you stay on top of things and work through the growing to-do list.

Get Packing

Packing a house is one of the most important parts of the moving timeline. Whether you’re doing the move solo, with the help of family and friends, or with a moving company, packing can be tedious. Make things easier on yourself by gathering up all your supplies beforehand. You’ll need boxes, packing tape, and additional materials like bubble wrap. To offset your packing expenses and overall moving costs, you can even use things like socks and scarves to cushion your more fragile items.

Find a Home with Zeus

At Zeus, we want you to feel at home wherever life takes you. Our modern homes are perfect for 30+ day stays. With flexible cancellations, easy extensions, and no hidden fees, we help those moving out of state book with confidence.

Perhaps you’re making your way to a new state, but still need some time to find the perfect new place. You may be working on location temporarily or taking care of a family member for an extended period of time.

At Zeus, we offer all the comforts of a new home (or a home-away-from-home). Our homes come fully-equipped with things like lightning-fast WiFi, kitchen basics, premium bedding, and thoughtful design.

Here are some benefits of booking with Zeus:

  • Coffee makers for that first-thing cup of coffee without leaving the house
  • Laundry in-home or in-building, so arriving with dirty clothes is no big deal
  • Superfast WiFi, so you can forego the stress of waiting for the utility company to arrive
  • All the kitchen basics, because when you move into a new spot, you want to have wine glasses and dinner plates on hand
  • Premium linens for an incredible first night’s sleep in your new state
  • Smart cable TV so you can easily binge all your favorites
  • A sparkling, clean apartment or home waiting for you upon arrival
  • A smart lock with a code or a lockbox with keys, so you can move in on your own schedule
  • A Zeus support team to answer any questions you may have or provide assistance during your stay

If you have any questions about what to do before moving into one of our Zeus properties, we’re happy to help. We’ve made it our goal to keep things simple and streamlined.

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