All across the country, people are moving to smaller ‘building’ cities that have a low cost of living and still offer the entertainment options of a mid-size metropolitan environment. Meridian, Idaho has certainly been one of those influx cities for out-of-state renters. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it has been a contender for the fastest growing city in the country for multiple years now and is currently tied for fourth place.
This influx doesn’t mean that moving has been made any easier. Moving is never a perfect process, since there is always the risk of something not going your way. That being said, moving out of state always tends to increase that risk because hauling your life into a new city and state like Meridian, allows for more bumps to be encountered along the way. However, if the appropriate planning and coordination go into the process before you lock the trailer and hop on the road, the likelihood that things will go smoothly will increase exponentially.
Before You Go
Sometimes, you just don’t know what you need to take with you until you need it. This is exactly why we have compiled a list of to-dos for you to consider, and hopefully check off, as you get your move moving.
1. Sort Out The ‘How’
Depending on how far and how much you need to travel to get to your new home, there are a few questions you will need to ask yourself. If it is a longer trip, will you hire a professional, traditional moving company? What can you move on your own? How do these items fit into your budget?
2. Determine The ‘Essentials’
This can also be a very challenging aspect during a move: deciding what stays and what goes. Since you are already sorting through all of your belongings as you pack them up, you might as well try to thin out the items that just aren’t essential to your life. We are all guilty of buying things and not actually using them. Why not limit what you have to move into your new rental place by purging those items gone unused.
If you’re unsure of where to start, some areas to thin out might be:
- Your closet
- Kitchen appliances
- Family items (toys, games, etc)
- Tools, hardware, etc.
- Garage Storage
3. Find the Right Property
Say you end up in a bustling community like Meridian, the search for the right out-of-state rental property becomes the next most important step. With so many people entering the city, it might be difficult to find a fit that suits you best. Fortunately, there are rental companies available to help you find your new home. Idaho, in particular, has great property management companies to serve your interests and get you settled into a property you can call your own.
Still Not Sure?
We tried to keep this list short and sweet but for more tips and details on how to keep your move as streamlined and cost-effective as possible, USAToday and Dolly both have some extended insights on getting you out-of-state and into your new home.