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Relocating to a new city or even a new state is a complex process, and careful planning is key to a successful and smooth transition.

Below is a list of steps to take when planning a big move. 

Long Distance Moving
What's Next?

Congratulations on making the exciting decision to embark on a new adventure! 

Here are steps to help guide you through the process:

Before the Move

  • Research Your New Location:

    • Learn about the cost of living, local amenities, schools, and community services in your new state.

  • Create a Moving Timeline:

    • Establish a timeline for the move, including important deadlines for tasks like packing, hiring movers, and notifying utility companies.

  • Budget for the Move:

    • Estimate the costs associated with the move, including moving services, travel expenses, and potential storage fees.

  • Notify Current Employer:

    • Inform your current employer about your relocation plans and discuss any necessary work-related arrangements.

  • Find a New Home:

    • Begin the process of finding a new place to live. Consider renting temporarily if you need time to explore neighborhoods.

  • Hire Professional Movers:

    • Research and hire a reputable moving company well in advance. Get quotes and check reviews.

  • Downsize and Declutter:

    • Start decluttering your belongings. Donate, sell, or discard items you no longer need to lighten the load.

Prepare for the Move

  • Transfer Medical Records:

    • Contact your current healthcare providers to transfer medical records to your new providers.

  • Notify Service Providers:

    • Inform utility companies, internet/cable providers, and other service providers of your move. Set up services at your new address.

  • Change Your Address:

    • Update your address with the USPS, and notify banks, credit card companies, and other important institutions.

  • Transfer School Records:

    • If you have school-aged children, arrange for the transfer of their school records to their new school.

  • Packing:

    • Start packing your belongings, beginning with items you use infrequently. Label boxes clearly with their contents and the room they belong to.

  • Create an Essentials Box:

    • Pack a box with essential items for the first few days in your new home. Include toiletries, clothing, important documents, and some basic kitchen supplies.

After the Move

  • Unpack Strategically:

    • Start unpacking room by room, prioritizing essential items.

  • Register Your Vehicle:

    • Update your vehicle registration and driver's license with the new state's Department of Motor Vehicles.

  • Establish Residency:

    • Establish residency by updating voter registration, if applicable.

  • Explore Your New Community:

    • Take time to explore your new neighborhood, find local services, and connect with the community.

  • Find New Healthcare Providers:

    • Locate new healthcare providers and schedule any necessary appointments.

  • Update Legal Documents:

    • Update legal documents, such as your will, with your new address.

How I Can Help

Having experienced a long-distance move myself, I understand and empathize with the challenges and intricacies of relocating, allowing me to provide guidance, support, and practical solutions for a seamless transition to a new home, regardless of the distance. To make your long-distance move a positive and stress-free experience, I can assist in the following ways:

Moving TO the Puget Sound Area?

Area Expertise:

  • I have in-depth knowledge of the neighborhoods, schools, amenities, and trends in the Vashon and Tacoma markets to help you make informed decisions.

  • In areas I am not familiar with, I have an extensive network I can connect with to get your questions answered.


Guidance on Local Regulations:

  • I am familiar with zoning regulations, property taxes, and other local nuances. I can educate you on these aspects, ensuring that you are well-informed about the legal and financial implications of your move.

  • If you want to make improvements to any homes you are considering, I will be able to guide you to resources to learn whether you can make the changes you want.


Assistance with Remote Transactions:

  • In case you're unable to be physically present for every step of the process, I can help facilitate remote transactions. Using technology, I can conduct virtual tours and provide detailed documents via email with the option of e-signatures.

Ongoing Support: 

  • Even after the transaction is complete, I will remain a valuable resource for any questions or concerns you may have about your new community.

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