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Relocation Guide

Moving to Washington State

Relocating to a new state can often seem like a hectic experience, but it can also turn out to be a thrilling adventure as well, as long as you do it right. If you’re considering a move to the Evergreen State, here are several tips to keep in mind:

Research before you move

Before you even pack all of your things and get ready for moving day, try to learn as much as you can about the area you’re relocating to. Look for local businesses, top-rated restaurants, recreational opportunities, and other nearby destinations. You can find plenty of information in websites like ExperienceWA.com, but it’s best if you can actually visit the area and see what it’s like for yourself. Strike a conversation with a few locals, see some famous destinations, and drive around different neighborhoods so you can get a better feel for the area.

Look for a reputable moving company

Looking for a dependable moving company can be tricky – there are multiple companies vying for your business, so finding the right one can sometimes be difficult. One of the best ways to start your search is to ask friends or relatives for any recommendations. In case you can’t get any information this way, look for information online – you can look for trusted companies in websites such as MyMovingReviews.com or the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission’s official website.

Keep all of your important records and documents in a clearly labeled box or folder

Be sure to keep all important documents in a single box or folder to avoid going through all of your stuff in case you need a specific document. These documents should include birth certificates, health records, school records, tax forms, social security cards, etc. Make sure all of these documents are stored in a safe and secure place throughout the moving process.

Notify utility companies before you move

Unless you’re fine with spending a few days in a new home with no electricity, you should take time to get in touch with utility companies before you move. This is to ensure that all your utilities will be up and running prior to your relocation. You’ll also need to notify your current utility companies to make sure the electricity, water, gas, and other services are turned off after you move out.

Look for schools

If you need to find new schools for your children, look for schools close to your new neighborhood by using reliable resources such as GreatSchools.org. Schooldigger.com, or Niche.com

Learn more about Washington State’s geography

You can choose a specific location in Washington State based on what type of environment you enjoy – the region offers something for everyone! Washington is part of the Pacific Northwest region, and is divided into several distinct areas. West of the Cascade Mountains are mostly coastal areas with dense forests, while East Washington is more diverse, with arid deserts, farmland and grassland areas, and freshwater lakes.

If you need help with relocating to Washington State, get in touch with James Bergstrom by calling 360-566-2195 or sending an email to Homes@JBRealtorTeam.com.