We are seeing more and more people moving states whether it's to Washington or moving out of Washington. We've heard many reasons ranging from the new WFH lifestyle, to wanting to be closer to family, to just a new adventure, or because of the vaccine mandates. Either way it's always important to be prepared when making a big step like that so we wanted to share a few things to consider before making that transition!
6 Things to consider when moving to a new state:
1. If selling current house - keep in mind of the closing date, you'll have normally 30 days to be out of your current home and to find a new one.
2. Consider the cost of living - most states differentiate greatly on a variety of different costs to live there; property taxes, sales tax, gas & grocery prices, real estate prices, school prices, etc. Do your research to make sure you're prepared for the new costs of living and budget accordingly.
3. Hiring movers - if you're moving across the country or just to another state, it might be beneficial to hire professional movers depending on how many valuables you have and budget. Normally movers can cost anywhere from $2000-$20,000 depending on how big of a truck you'll need and how far you're going.
4. Visit your chosen destination before moving - whether you're looking to buy a house, be closer to friends and family, or just want a new adventure, definitely make sure to check out the local area before diving in. This will give you an idea of the culture, the costs of things, the layout of the city, and the people that live there! Moving is a huge step so make sure it's the best decision for you.
5. If you're buying a house - ask for a referral from your current realtor, this will give you a piece of mind that you'll be working with someone they trust and they'll be knowledgeable about your wants and needs. If you don't have a realtor to ask do your research on Google or social media for knowledgeable agents in the area. Call them and ask to set up a meeting before you move so they can start the process ahead of time and look on your behalf.
6. Have an emergency fund - even if you do or don't have a job lined up in the new state it's best to have at least 3-6 months monthly savings as an emergency fund. You never know what can pop up in the new house, on the trip over, or once you get there.