Whether you are moving to a different state for work or for a change of scenery, it can be a very exciting time! Follow these tips to ensure your move goes smooth!
Do your research
Learn as much as you can about your new city before you move! Search online for restaurants, local services you may need, recreational activities, gyms, etc. If possible visit your new city, ask the locals questions, drive around and get a feel for the area.
When packing, place all your important documents in a separate box and clearly labeled. You’re less likely to lose them this way. Things that should go into this box include Social Security cards, birth certificates, tax forms, health records, school records, etc.
Several weeks before you move, notify the United States Postal Service of your change of address. The easiest way to do this is to go online to USPS.com and complete a simple 5 step process.
Save all your moving receipts! If you donated items prior to moving, you may be able to deduct a portion of their value against your income tax. When moving for work, the IRS allows you to deduct some moving expenses from your taxes if they meet these requirements (More info here: https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc455.html):
- Your move closely relates to the start of work
- You meet the distance test
- You meet the time test
Your employer may also reimburse you for some of your moving expenses. HR will need to see the receipts if they do.
It is very important that you notify the utility companies in your new town, of the address you intend to move into. Otherwise you will walk into your new home without any electricity. Also, be sure to contact your current utility companies to let them know to shut off your gas, electricity, & cable the day after you move. You don’t want to be paying for someone else to use them!