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5 Factors To Consider When Moving to a New State

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Moving to a new state can be scary.


Believe me, I know! I did it when we moved to California 27 years ago. PLUS, when we were moving to a new state we did not even have kids yet.

Leaving your current life behind and settling in a new city or state is a significant life event for yourself and your family. It requires that you consider your moving options, find a new place to stay, and make new friends, all of which require a lot of patience and planning. That is why it is vital to think over a few areas and ensure that you understand the process fully before you embark on this journey. 

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Below are some factors to consider when moving to a new state. 


The Cost of Living


Although moving to a new state can present the opportunity to enter a different position and increase your earnings, you may also experience changes in your expenses and the overall cost of living. Keep in mind that housing costs, the price of groceries, and utilities are unique to each city and state across the country. It is, therefore, essential to compare your current cost of living to that of your future home before you move. 

Schools in the Area


If you have children of school-going age, then researching schools in your new state or city should be one of your top priorities when creating a checklist for moving out of state. You should also determine the neighborhoods associated with your schools of interest, especially if you plan to send your children to a public school. 


The Availability of Housing


Discovering high-quality yet affordable housing can be challenging, especially if you are not within the area. As you transition to living in a new state, ensure that you check the housing market to get a sense of the average rent cost and home prices. 

You can do this by skimming through the various housing listings on websites or consulting a reliable real estate agent to suggest some of the best housing options in the area.




Although many people tend to forget about transportation, it is a vital factor that should be considered, especially if you are moving across the country to a new state. It is essential to hire a trustworthy and reliable moving company to cater to your cross-country moving needs.

When finding the right company, ensure that you look out for their ratings and reviews while ensuring they are insured and licensed.  You can then schedule a free quote and confirm the items in your home that will be picked and those you wish to leave behind or carry in your car. If you have special equipment such as a piano or unique pieces of art, ensure to ask about moving them as well. 


Visit Your New City or State


Although time can be a constraint, it is highly recommendable to make a trip to your new city or state before you move. This trip can allow you to get a good feel of the new location and the various neighborhoods. 

Be sure to search the internet for info. Alternatively, you can go old-school and bring a guidebook or visit the town’s visitor’s center for maps, recommendations, and brochures. Review sites and an internet search can also help you gather plenty of information about your new city. Ensure to also look out for local hot spots, tourism attractions, and under-the-radar hangouts. 

Moving to a new state is an exciting yet nerve-wracking experience. Utilize the above tips to ensure that the process is as smooth as possible. 


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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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20 thoughts on “5 Factors To Consider When Moving to a New State”

  1. I have never moved a home out of state. It would be such a big undertaking. Some of our family members moved from the East Coast to the West Coast!

  2. Since we don’t have children, we are not concern about schools but the cost of living and scouting for a new property place is our real concern when moving state. It is a challenge at the beginning. Housing located in a good community is relatively expensive compared to housing located in downtowns.

  3. Exactly moving to different city is always scary to me ! New people new environment sometimes hard to adopt! Thanks for sharing with us

  4. The cost of living is really an important factor. Different states may have different costs in rent, transportation, etc. It’s good to read ahead of time.

  5. Loved this post! Have been thinking about relocating, but I do have some concerns about the thought. Like the cost of living and the safety of the place that I’ll be moving to.

  6. This is such a great resource for anyone considering making a move. It’s important to understand exactly what you’re getting into if you’re considering a big move like this.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.