Tips on Moving Out of State Alone

Moving alone poses different challenges.
Moving alone poses different challenges. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Moving out of state can be a daunting task. When you move alone, you not only have to deal with the stress of moving, but the task of getting to know a new area and survive on your own. By being amply prepared, you can make the move alone a lot smoother with tips for keeping organized, financial planning and learning about your neighborhood.

Financial Planning

When moving alone you must account for both the financial aspect of moving, and the budget for supporting yourself in your new home. This can include securing employment or even job interviews at the new location, creating a moving budget as well as creating a savings that covers your first two or three months of bills after the move. Compile a list of expenses that include groceries, gas, utilities, rent/mortgage and transportation costs for the first few months after your move and save accordingly.


When moving with others, you can rely on their help to assist you with heavy items, packing and unpacking, but not when you move alone. This does not mean you have to hire a moving company for the long haul either. When moving alone, you can ask family and friends at your current location to help you load up items and pack and look into a moving service that helps lift and unload your items at your destination, so you are not stuck doing it alone.

Purchase New Furniture and Appliances

When moving alone, you have to take responsibility for moving heavier items such as furniture or appliances. Though this can be done if you have help in the other state, it can be difficult if you expect to do it alone. Rather than front the cost to move your appliances and furniture, look into selling your larger items in your current state and purchasing new items once you arrive at your new home.

Online Friends and Events

When moving by yourself, you may not know anyone where you are going. If moving out of state for college or other schooling, inquire about student services and events through your guidance counselor and student activities coordinator. If your move out of state is not school-related, use Internet sites such as or to find local events, social activities and other locals in your area. You can also use Google to search your new town and state to find information on banks, grocery stores and other venues in your area to familiarize yourself with your new town before you actually move there.

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