What You Need to Do After You Make an Interstate Move in MA

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If you are planning to make a move to another state, chances are you have already seen a lot of articles on packing, hiring movers and all the things you need to remember when preparing for a move. This article is going to be a little bit different. Whether you are planning a local, interstate or international move, there are things that you will need to do once you get there to settle in, but there are also legal obligations that you need to take care of as a new resident. Once you take care of the moving truck rentals in Massachusetts or make arrangements for temporary or long-term storage, you can start focusing on what has to happen once you get moved into the new place.

First things first. You should make sure to switch the utilities on in your name before you officially move. Contact the local utility companies and find out what you need to do to get them turned on. Some companies will require a deposit, while others just want a reference from your current utility company. Don’t forget to let your current companies know that you will be moving so they can shut them off after you leave. Some of these companies will require you to be present at the new location, so schedule appointments with them after you move in if necessary.

Don’t forget to contact the following utility companies:

  • electric
  • gas
  • water
  • trash
  • internet
  • VoIP or landline phone
  • cable or satellite

Furniture & Storage
Is your new place as large as your old place? Do you have room for everything you own? If you are downsizing or if the structure of your new apartment, condo or house is not spaced enough for you to place all of your furniture and seasonal items, you may want to consider using commercial storage in Massachusetts or whichever state that you end up. Speak with Colony Moving & Storage about container storage solutions. We are also associated with Go Mini’s small container storage solutions and United Van Lines, both of which can help you with out-of-state services for your residential storage.

Drivers License & Registration
Most states have a law that requires you to get a new drivers license and switch the registration of your vehicle within 30 days. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but if you are permanently moving to a new state or will be there at least six months or more, you will most likely be required to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles in that state and update your records. The process for updating your identification, license and vehicle registration tags can vary, but if you only have 30 days, you will want to get started on this right away so you won’t be out of compliance.

Insurance Issues
When you move across state lines, you need to be prepared to make some changes with regard to your personal insurance policies. Your moving companies in Massachusetts can take care of all the boxes, furniture, and things, but part of making a local, interstate or international move is being responsible for contacting all of the people that you work with and letting them know that you have moved.

  • medical insurance – many policies do not cross state lines even if you are with the same employer or have purchased private insurance in your old state; make sure to contact your insurance company right away to find out what you need to do
  • auto insurance – car insurance policies are based on where you live, so if you get moving truck rentals in Massachusetts and move across the country, your auto insurance rates will very likely change; contact them ASAP when you are settled in and find out what you need to do to change your address and policy in the system
  • home insurance – obviously if you sell your own home or move out of your old apartment, your homeowners or renters insurance policy will change; contact your agent as soon as possible to make sure you are covered

Change the Locks
Unless you are moving into an apartment or condo rental where lock changing should always occur between tenants, you will want to change the locks on your new home. Even if the previous owners were “great people,” it is always a good idea to change all of the entry locks on the home. Neighbors, friends, family members, and even repairmen might still have an old copy of the key to that house, so you never know who might be able to gain access to your home without your permission. Even if everything seems fine, you should still change those locks.

Call Colony Moving & Storage for Interstate Moves
If you are in need of a Massachusetts moving company to make a local, interstate or international move, look no further than Colony Moving & Storage. We can help you with moving truck rentals in Massachusetts or assist you with complete packing and moving services, as well as commercial storage in Massachusetts for the things that you don’t want to bring or for things that you want to be shipped to you at a later date. Whatever your needs and wherever you need to go, Colony Moving & Storage can help. Give us a call at 508-563-7300 for a FREE in-home estimate on your next move.