Gorgeous waterfront properties, historic sites and museums, and annual Mardi Gras celebrations are just a few of the attractions that draw people from all across the country to Louisiana’s Northshore. With so many adventures and new memories to look forward to, it’s easy to forget the tiring work that comes with moving everything into a new home—especially when kids or pets are involved! Use these insightful tips from expert realtors to help you prepare for a smooth transition into your new life in a new state.
Start With Thorough Research
Moving across state lines doesn’t have to feel so unpredictable. Before settling in your new home on the Northshore, prioritize making at least one trip to the area to choose the right neighborhood for your family. Engage in genuine conversations with locals who may be able to provide insights on family-friendly restaurants, activities, and other information about the area. If you have your sights set on a certain property or neighborhood, try to survey the area both during the day and later in the evening to get a better idea of your new surroundings.
Organize the Move Around Your Schedule
After finding the perfect city and closing on your dream home, breaking down the microscopic next steps in your mind can make your head spin. You’ve likely tied up loose ends like selling your home and finding a new job or organizing a remote-work arrangement, but there’s still plenty to do between then and moving day. Here are a few things homeowners often forget to do before their big cross-country move:
- Schedule a transfer of your utility accounts
- File an official change of address with the United States Postal Service (USPS)
- Purchase a pet license for your pet if the new state or county requires it
- Pack a bag specifically for emergencies while en route to your new home
Decide If You’ll Need Movers
You have enough to do before rounding up your family and making the long drive, so leave the heavy lifting and hard work to someone else. Hiring a moving company will save you more time, money, and—most important—stress in the long run. Research moving companies with experience managing out-of-state moves and carefully read through reviews and testimonials. After narrowing down the most reliable movers, contact the companies and request a quote for your relocation before committing to anything.
Get Your Paperwork Done Early
Several legal considerations will be involved in officiating your move. Per Louisiana law, you will be required to file for a state license within 30 days of declaring permanent residency. You will have to establish legal domicile in your new state for tax purposes as well.
With the help of a qualified real estate team, an out-of-state move can be a stress-free experience for you and your family. The professional team at McNeely Mack LifeStyle Properties | Latter & Blum serves clients that are ready to make the New Orleans Northshore their forever home. Contact us today to learn more about the gorgeous properties we can show you in the area.