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8 Things To-Do When You Move Out-of-State

8 Things To-Do When You Move Out-of-State

8 Things To-Do When You Move Out-of-State
Let’s paint a picture.

You’ve just finished a mighty game of Tetris with the moving boxes, the family waves goodbye to a house once-called home, and you’ve all settled in for a long road (or plane) trip. It’s official! You’re moving out of state.

Moving can be stressful, but relocating from one state to another requires quite a leap of faith. First came packing, then came the journey to your new community—but surprise! Because you switched to a different state, a few things might have slipped your mind.

No need to worry! The Angelo Group is here with 8 things to add to your to-do list when moving out of state:

1. Visit Your Future Destination

It’s always a good idea to get the lay of the land when it comes to your future home. Drive the neighborhood streets and map out the closest schools, parks, grocery stores, and gas stations. These are important features of everyday life, and having a better understanding of your future surroundings will offer an easier transition.

2. Change Your Billing Address

Don’t forget to switch all your bills to the proper address. Not sure where to start? Here are some examples to remember:

  • Utilities. Gas, water, electricity, and even garbage pickup! Most of the companies that offer these services vary by state. Tip: Ask your real estate agent for a list of recommended vendors.
  • Credit Cards. Most people opt for online billing payments, but if you’re one of the few who prefer paper statements, don’t forget to update your address for your credit cards.
  • Insurance. Moving across state lines could be a good opportunity to start shopping for local rates. If you’re looking for a new insurance source, now could be a good time to switch for a more competitive price.

3. Voter Registration

It’s easy to forget about this item on a to-do list, so don’t put it off until it’s too late! A new state means a whole new pool of political candidates.

8 Things To-Do When You Move Out-of-State

4. Pet Registration

Yes, pets need to be registered with the state. Each city varies when it comes to how many furry friends (and which types) you can include in your humble abode, so make sure that you are registered and up to date.

5. Forward Your Mail

Don’t let your favorite magazine subscriptions and family Christmas cards get lost in the mail! Make sure to set up a mail forward with the post office before moving away. USPS will forward your mail to your new address for up to a year.

6. Look for New Wi-Fi & Cable Companies

Are you all about Xfinity? Maybe Google Fiber? Look at what your future neighborhood provides and get your home up. Trust us, people will be asking for your Wi-Fi password the minute those neighbors come over for a backyard BBQ.

7. New Driver’s License

Each state’s deadline varies when it comes to switching over your driver’s license. Research what your new state’s requirements are before you officially relocate.

8. New Driver’s License

The boxes are in, the dust has settled—it’s time to get out and meet some people! Introduce yourself to your neighbors or sign-up for the local gym or rec club. One of the easiest ways to meet people is through a mutual activity or hobby. Moving from place to place is exactly what you make of it—so it’s up to you if you choose to plant roots where you’re at or transplant to the next best location. Either way, you got this!

3 Steps to Planning Your 2023 Year

3 Steps to Planning Your 2023 Year

Entering a new year can be overwhelming. Just like an artist’s empty canvas or a writer’s blank sheet of paper, it’s hard to know where to begin. But remember, starting fresh also offers an abundance of opportunities. Now is the time to take your year by the horns and steer it in the right direction.
tips for planniing your year

Don’t know where to begin? The following 3 steps are a great place to start:

Step 1: Setting Intentions

Setting your intentions at the beginning of the year is like making a map. Without them, how will you know where you’re going? Or, more importantly, how will you know when you get there? It’s hard to find the “X” that marks the spot if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

Okay, pirate lingo aside, it’s important to lock down your annual goals at the beginning of the year. These intentions will help you stay on track whenever you’re feeling lost.

TIP: Write them down in a planner, Word document, or even in the notes app on your phone. Ensure your intentions are documented so you can always refer to them.

Step 2: Creating SMART Goals

Do you have your intentions in mind? Great! Now, let’s dig a little deeper.

We want to turn these intentions into SMART goals. This is an acronym meaning goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. Adding these parameters will clarify your objectives and help you achieve your desired future.
SMART Goal Setting

Specific and measurable goals help you narrow your intentions and track your progress (that way, you know whether you’ve reached your milestones.) Next, be sure to set goals that are achievable and realistic. Nothing is more discouraging than setting a goal you secretly know you won’t achieve. And lastly, make sure you can reach these objectives within the year.

Now your 2023 is REALLY starting to take shape!

Step 3: Creating SMART Goals

While we believe in the power of setting future goals, that may not be for everybody. Instead, consider a word for the year.

Think about your intentions for the year and narrow them down to a single word or phrase. No need for something fancy. How about—inspire? Or maybe reset? Choose something that you would consider meaningful for your year to come. The book One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jimmy Page & Dan Britton covers this idea in detail, so consider giving it a read as you establish your word for the year!

Have we turned you into a goal-getter yet?

Don’t forget that setting real estate goals is an important part of planning your year. If your real estate goals for 2023 involve buying, selling, or investing in a home, please text or call us at 602-616-1455 or send an email to john@angelogroup.com.

20th Anniversary in Real Estate

20th Anniversary in Real Estate

20 Years in Real Estate

The Angelo Group is celebrating our 20th Anniversary in real estate! Over the last two decades, we’ve had the distinct privilege of serving so many amazing folks across the Valley. We want to express a HUGE THANK YOU to all our clients and business partners who’ve supported us along the way. We wouldn’t be here without you, and we hope to continue to be of service to you!