- Connect with someone who lives in the area you are looking to move. There are countless social media groups out there that will put you in touch with people who came from where you live and moved to where you are going. It may take a little digging but you are sure to find people to connect with. This will help guide you as you make your transition.
- Research and interview reputable movers. I always suggest getting at least 3 because the quotes can vary drastically from each other. While you are getting quotes verify what the mover does (i.e. disassemble furniture, bubble wrap breakables, etc).
- Most movers base their fees on weight so it is also a good idea to clean out and purge all that you don’t need. There is no sense in paying to transport items that you don’t need. Since you are purging, you could also hold a garage sale to help raise a little cash to help with the move.
- Pets! Not all pets and not all plants are permitted to cross state lines. The department of Agriculture for the state that you are moving to should have a list of banned (if any) animals and how to go about bringing your pets across the state line. For example California has some pretty strict laws on exotic pets and you are not allowed to own a ferret along with several other animals. However, they are not the only ones with strict rules… Colorado’s pet import laws are pretty tight as well. Your pet's may be excited to move and try to pack themselves like the cat in this video :)
- In addition, to verifying that your furry member of your family is permitted in the state, city and county that you are moving to it is a good idea to make sure that they are up for the move itself. I highly recommend getting a check-up with a vet before packing up the car and making the move. Some vets will even prescribe an anti anxiety to help your little furry friend get through the actual car ride. While you are there, also see if your vet has a recommendation or 2 for a vet in your new home town.
- Many states regulate the bringing in of plants of all kinds -- even houseplants. Usually it is to prevent the spreading of disease or pests, but sometimes it can be an issue with the agriculture in the state that you are moving to. Some states require an inspection of the plants in order to be permitted across the state lines. Once again California is one of the strictest for this and they discourage any citrus, fruit, nut or pine trees.
In addition to the regulations the actual transportation of plants is another item to plan for. Movers typically will not transport them for you, so make sure that you have room in your vehicle to transport them yourself.
Also, if the move covers some distance, make sure that the vehicle that you are planning on driving is prepared to make the trip, ensuring that it has its routine maintenance, and that the fluids and tires have been checked. I also recommend putting together a car emergency kit. The kit should include extra oil, water, windshield cleaner, jumper cables, flares, tire jack and spare tire. Even if you don’t end up needing any of them, and just like the suggestions in this post, it’s always better to be prepared.