- Connect with someone who lives in the area you want to move to. There are countless social media groups 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 bit of research, but you’re sure to find people to connect with. This will help guide you through the transition.
- Research and interview reputable people. I always suggest getting at least 3 because quotes can vary drastically from each other. While you are getting quotes, check out what the mover does (i.e. take apart furniture, breakable bubble wrap, etc.).
- Most moving companies base their rates on weight, so it is also a good idea to clean and purge anything you don’t need. There is no point in paying to transport items you don’t need. Since you’re purging, you could also hold a garage sale to help raise some cash to help with the move.
- Pets! Not all pets and not all plants can cross state lines. The Department of Agriculture in the state you are moving to should have a list of prohibited animals (if any) and how to get your pets across the state line. For example, California has some pretty strict laws on exotic pets and you are not allowed to keep a ferret along with various other animals. However, they are not the only ones with strict rules … Colorado’s pet import laws are also quite strict.
- Also, to verify that your furry family member is licensed in the state, city, and county you are moving to, it is a good idea to make sure that you are prepared for the move itself. I highly recommend getting a checkup with a vet before packing up the car and making the move. Some vets will even prescribe an anxiolytic to help your furry little friend get through the actual car ride. While you’re there, also see if your vet has a recommendation or 2 for a vet in your new hometown.
- Many states regulate the entry of plants of all kinds, including houseplants. It is usually to prevent the spread of disease or pests, but can sometimes be a problem with agriculture in the state you are moving to. Some states require a plant inspection in order to cross state lines. Again, California is one of the strictest for this and they discourage citrus, fruit, nut, or pine trees.
In addition to regulations, the actual transportation of plants is another element to plan. Carriers will generally not transport them for you, so make sure you have room in your vehicle to transport them yourself.
Also, if the move covers a certain distance, make sure the vehicle you plan to drive is prepared for the trip, making sure it has its routine maintenance, and the fluids and tires have been checked. I also recommend putting together an emergency car kit. 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 best to be prepared.