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What makes New Jersey a great state to call home? Aside from offering a quieter alternative to living in the hustle and bustle of NYC or Philly, the Garden State is a truly diverse place. From beautiful natural spaces (sunny beaches, mountainous terrain, and beautiful countryside) to the spirited people and renowned food (fresh produce, bagels, and pizza), there’s a plethora of experiences and opportunities waiting for discovery. The state may be tiny, but it offers well-rounded living!

 

On this page, you will find an overview of things to know before moving to New Jersey, the top eight places to live in, a comprehensive relocation checklist, and a rundown of DR Moving & Storage’s affordable New Jersey moving services. We hope that armed with this info you’ll be able to carefully examine your options and make the best choices for yourself and those relocating with you.

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    LIVING IN NEW JERSEY: WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE MOVING TO NEW JERSEY

    Ready to call the Garden State home? If so, it’s time to explore what to expect when living in NJ. With its 8,723 square miles and a population of 8.9 million, this beautifully diverse state offers big living in a small package. Enjoy proximity to New York City and Philly, open spaces and sunny shore towns, and more!

    PROS AND CONS OF LIVING IN NEW JERSEY

    While many consider it a wonderful place to live, life in the Garden State isn’t always rosy. Here are some of the pros and cons of calling NJ home:

     

    Pros:

    • Lower living expenses: If you work in NYC or Philly, NJ offers cheaper rentals and more spacious homes than you’ll find in the big city. It’s perfect for families and nature lovers.
    • Four seasons: Regardless of your favorite season, you get to experience everything from first snowfall to endless summer days.
    • Quality of life: NJ boasts open spaces, excellent school districts, and is just a stone’s throw from Manhattan. Plus, you don’t even have to pump your gas!
    • Low overall crime rate: Currently ranked the tenth safest state in the country, New Jersey has lower rates of violent and property crimes than the national average.
    • Sports teams: From football to hockey and soccer, sports culture is strong here. Pro teams that call NJ home include the New York Giants, New Jersey Devils, and New York Red Bulls.
    • Fresh produce: The fertile farmlands of New Jersey produce some the tastiest fruits (particularly berries) and vegetables for super clean, farm-to-table eating.
    • Job opportunities: With over 4.5 million people employed here, NJ boasts major employers like Princeton University, Johnson & Johnson, Cognizant, and Bank of America.

    Cons:

    • Cost of living: Home to two of the country’s wealthiest counties, Somerset County and Hunterdon County, New Jersey can be expensive. Of course, it all depends on where you reside.
    • Home prices: With a median home value of $327.5K statewide, $483K in Jersey City, and $916K in Princeton, more people are opting to rent over buying.
    • Tax rate: With a progressive income tax, New Jersey has rates that are among the highest in America. Sales tax and property tax are also above the national average.
    • Commuting: Ranked #49 in the nation for commute times, New Jersey isn’t exactly a commuter’s paradise. If you work in Philadelphia or New York, be prepared for a grueling commute.
    • It’s not NYC: Looking for a Big Apple vibe? New Jersey may not be the place for you. The state offers a slower pace compared to NYC. For some, this may be a top reason for moving here.

    TAX RATES

    • Property tax: According to Wallethub, New Jersey is #1, with the highest median real estate property taxes in the US ($7,840).
    • Sales tax: State sales tax rate is 6.625% (45th worst). All counties share this single rate.
    • Income tax: As a state with a progressive income tax (meaning it goes up as taxable amount increases), there are six income brackets in NJ.
      • Earnings between $0 and $20,000 = 1.4%
      • Earnings between $20,001 and $35,000 = 1.75%
      • Earnings between $35,001 and $40,000 = 3.5%
      • Earnings between $40,001 and $75,000 = 5.525%
      • Earnings between $75,001 and $500,000 = 6.37%
      • Earnings of $500,001 and over = 8.97%

    * In 2019, the top marginal rate will increase to 10.75% for earnings over $5 million.

    HOUSING MARKET

    In most U.S. housing markets (almost 60%), it’s become more affordable to rent a house compared to buying one. The unaffordability of home buying can be chalked up to rising interests, rents, tax laws, and lower income, among other factors. With median home values in some areas reaching close to a million dollars, more New Jersians are renting than ever. Though the statewide median home value is $327,000 (having risen 4.6% year over year), many places are well above the $500,000 mark. Ridgewood, for instance, has a median home price of $739,000, while Princeton is a whopping $916,000. Of course, how much you can expect to pay for housing depends on which part of the state you plan on living in.

     

    Are you looking to rent in New Jersey? According to an article published by New Jersey 101.5, the average two-bedroom NJ apartment costs $1,460/month. To afford this rent, someone must earn an hourly wage of $26/hour or higher. The five most expensive places to rent include Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, Somerset County, Bergen County, and Passaic County (with an average rent of $1,652). Conversely, the five cheapest places are Ocean City, Cape May County, Vineland-Bridgeton, Cumberland County, and Warren County (with an average rent of $1,158 for a two-bedroom apartment). Even though the rent might sound expensive, when compared with NYC rental prices, New Jersey’s rent seems like a steal!

    COST OF LIVING

    So, how does New Jersey’s living costs compare to the rest of the country? Well, for starters, it had a cost of living index of 122.5 in 2018. This index earned the state the rank of 41st most expensive state in the nation. By comparison, Missouri had the lowest index at 88.8, while Hawaii had the highest at 190.1.

     

    Using the Family Budget Calculator, we can take a look at the budget data for a specific city. For example, Jersey City’s monthly break down for a family of two adults and two children comes out to: $1,614 for housing, $802 for food, $1,635 in childcare, $653 for transportation, $1,125 for health care, $975 for other necessities, and $1,075 in taxes, for a total of $7,878/month. Of course, numbers will vary according to your situation and location. Check out the Family Calculator for your desired city to see what you can expect.

    WEATHER & NATURAL DISASTERS

    You will find two distinct climates in the Garden State. The northeast, central, and southern parts of New Jersey experience a humid subtropical climate which makes for hot, humid summers with mild to cold winters. The other is a humid continental climate in the northwest, which means cooler temperatures (relatively milder summers, frigid winters) at higher elevations. Statewide, temperatures average between 65 and 85 °F during summer and between 20 and 40 °F during winter.

     

    As far as significant weather events, the most common are severe snowstorms which can bring everything to a halt, including highways and airports. New Jersey also experiences Nor’easters – an extratropical cyclone that develops in the North Atlantic Ocean and typically brings heavy rainfall, heavy snowfall, flooding, hurricane-level winds, and blizzards – during winter and early spring. Other natural disasters, such as tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and tropical storms, are typically rare. In general, many parts of New Jersey have four distinct seasons.

    ECONOMY & JOB MARKET

    According to Business Insider, New Jersey’s economy ranks 28th among states with a GDP of 510.6 billion dollars and a GDP per capita of nearly $70,000 (#11th highest). The average resident earns a weekly wage of approximately $1,020 (#7th highest). Top industries across the Garden State include:

     

    • Pharmaceutical and life sciences
    • Financial services
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Information technology
    • Transportation and logistics

    Major employers include:

    • Bank of America
    • Barnabas Health
    • Borgata
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb
    • Cooper University Hospital
    • Gateway Group
    • Hackensack University Medical Center
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Merck & Co. Inc. Pharmaceutical
    • Meridian Health
    • Prudential Financial
    • Public Service Electric & Gas
    • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
    • TD Bank
    • United Parcel Service
    • Verizon Communications
    • Virtua Healthcare
    • Wakefern Food Corporation
    • Wal-Mart Stores
    • Wells Fargo

    New Jersey’s unemployment rate is slightly lower than New York’s but higher than the unemployment rate across the U.S.

    TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION

    The Garden State utilizes a mixture of road (US highways, toll roads, country routes, bridges, tunnels, and mass transit), air (commercial and non-commercial airports), rail (PATH, PATCO, New Jersey Transit, and Amtrak), and water transportation (ferry). Wedged between Philly and New York City, NJ is a major corridor.

     

    New Jersey is home to numerous thoroughfares. These include: I-76, I-78, I-80, I-95, I-195, I-278, I-280, I-287, I-295, I-495, I-676, I-695, and I-895. The main thoroughfare is the New Jersey Turnpike. As for traffic, it depends on the part of New Jersey, but generally, the most congested traffic is in northern New Jersey. Of note, New Jersey is considered to have some of the worst drivers and road quality in the US.

    THINGS TO DO

    Looking for fun? New Jersey has no shortage of entertainment options. Check out these recommendations:

    • Theme Parks: Storybook Land, Morey’s Pier and Beachfront Water Park, Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach Waterpark
    • Historic Sites: Hamilton Park, Battleship New Jersey, Morristown National Historic Park, Princeton University Chapel
    • Fun & Games: Bury the Hatchet Olde Bridge, Escape Garden State, Escapology, Adventure Rooms
    • Outdoor Activities: Pinelands Adventures, Thundercat Dolphin Watch, Atlantic Parasail, 7th Street Surf Shop
    • Factory Outlets: The Mills at Jersey Gardens, Jersey Shore Premium Outlets, Tanger Outlets, Jackson Premium Outlets
    • Farms: Jersey Shore Alpacas, Duke Farms, Delicious Orchards, Howling Woods Farm
    • Sights & Landmarks: Hoboken Waterfront Walkway, Princeton University, Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Fonthill Castle
    • Hiking Trails: Columbia Trail, Stairway to Heaven Trail, Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Sourland Mountain Preserve
    • Museums: Princeton University Art Museum, Silverball Pinball Museum, Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Cape May Lighthouse
    • Zoos & Aquariums: Cape May County Park & Zoo, Jenkinson’s Aquarium, Bergen County Zoological Park, Turtle Back Zoo
    • Notable National and State Parks: Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, Thomas Edison National Historical Park, Liberty State Park, High Point State Park
    • Professional sports teams: New Jersey Devils (NHL), New York Red Bulls (MLS), New York Jets (NFL), New York Giants (NFL)

    SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES

    New Jersey consistently ranks as one of America’s top states for public education. According to USA Today, it has the second best high school graduation rate (90.1%) and the sixth highest per-pupil spending ($16,337 per pupil) in the country.

     

    Top 5 School Districts:

    1. Millburn Township School District
    2. Princeton Public Schools
    3. West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District
    4. Summit Public School District
    5. Livingston Board of Education School District

    Not to be outdone, higher education in the Garden State is home to 31 universities and four-year colleges. Several are among the best schools in the country and world. Additionally, there are 19 two-year county colleges.

     

    Top 5 Universities:

    1. Princeton University
    2. Stevens Institute of Technology
    3. Rutgers University-New Brunswick
    4. The College of New Jersey
    5. Rutgers University – Newark

    HOW TO BECOME A NEW JERSEY RESIDENT

    To become a New Jersey resident, you’ll first need to move to the state, establish an address, and acquire a new driver’s license (refer below for detailed info). You won’t be able to participate in most community activities without establishing residency. Additionally, you’ll need to live in the state for 12 months or longer to attend a public university and qualify for in-state tuition.

     

    Moving to New Jersey MVC

    • Driver’s licenseNew residents to New Jersey must transfer their out-of-state driver’s licenses within 60 days of relocating to the state. For those transferring a vehicle (21 and over): visit a local Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) office, pass 6 Points of ID verification, proof address, and purchase a transfer permit. You will then receive a four-year NJ license (you’ll also be required to surrender your old license). If under 21, you must complete the Graduated Driver License (GDL) requirements. Non-citizens must have temporary visa status. If you need to obtain your first driver’s license, check out the First Driver’s License
    • Voter’s registration: New Jersey’s deadline for voter registration is 21 days before an election. To have an application mailed to you, call (1-877-NJVOTER) or visit the New Jersey Division of Elections online at njelections.org. You can also register to vote while you apply or renew your ID card or driver’s license. Change your address online via the MVC website.
    • Vehicle registration: A new resident must register their vehicle within 60 days of becoming an NJ resident. Registration is not allowed by mail or online, so you’ll need to visit the closest MVC office. You’ll need to provide the following documents: driver’s license, title, and proof of current car insurance policy. If applicable, you’ll also need to present the following: power of attorney (if you’re not the purchaser), dealer reassignment documentation, and lien holder info/financing statement (if leased or financed). Used cars undergo an emissions inspection every two years, while new vehicles are only require testing once they are five years old.

    BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN NEW JERSEY

    Here’s an overview of some of the top communities in the Garden State, broken down by region.

    NORTH NEW JERSEY

    Jersey City

    Population: 270,000

    Median Home Value: $483,000

     

    Jersey City, located in northeastern New Jersey in Hudson County, is the second most populated city in the state. Living here offers both an urban vibe and convenience for those that frequently visit or work in NYC (Midtown Manhattan, for example, is just 20 minutes away). It’s so close to New York City that many New Yorkers consider it the “sixth borough.” Currently ranked #2 most diverse city in the nation – it was #1 three times in four years between – the city has its own spirit that plays center stage in New Jersey’s most vibrant region.

     

    Home to a melting pot of families and youthful professionals that tend to be more liberal, the city offers great places to live and excellent public education. Top neighborhoods include Waterfront, Historic Downtown, Journal Square, and Hackensack River Waterfront. Top public schools include Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School, Ballet Tech, Soaring Heights, and County Prep High School.

     

    Finding affordable housing can be a challenge, leading most residents to rent. As for transportation, there are several options, including Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PATH), ferry services, the NJ Transit bus system, and miles of bike paths. The city also offers a varied selection of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and parks. With the right balance of suburbia and city, it melds relatively less hectic living with the amenities of a metropolis.

     

    If you’re looking for a diverse, urban feel that’s super close to the Big Apple, look no further than Jersey City.

     

    Hoboken

    Population: 55,000

    Median Home Value: $711,000

    Also located in Hudson County, Hoboken is the #1 pick for young professionals looking for relatively affordable living (compared to NYC), proximity to Manhattan, and a lively nightlife. Birthplace of Frank Sinatra, this small suburb of 1.5 square miles packs a big punch.

     

    Located along the Hudson River, Mile Square City is clean and family-friendly (and perfect for walking and people sans cars). The majority of housing consists of condos and townhouses, and nearly two-thirds of its residents rent. Again, like its neighbor Jersey City, the people here are more liberal.

     

    Top public schools include Hoboken Dual Language Charter School, Elysian Charter School, Hoboken Charter School, and Wallace Elementary School. Manhattan is just a short ride away (10 minutes or so) via PATH, ferry, or bus.

     

    As for nightlife, Hoboken is known for its dining scene and places to drink. Popular establishments include La Isla, Karma Kafe, Johnny Pepperoni, Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, Brass Rail, and Cork City. The charming city has quaint little streets with an increasingly diverse selection of restaurants, bookstores, bakeries, small businesses, parks, coffee shops popping up along the beautiful waterfront.

     

    If you’re an ambitious young person looking for work/life balance, but not wanting to travel to New York City every to you want to go out, Hoboken should be at the top of your list.

     

    Newark

    Population: 285,000

    Median Home Value: $256,000

     

    As the most populous city in New Jersey, Newark offers a great combination of urban living with a smaller population, lighter traffic, lower cost of living, greener spaces, and a close commute to the Big Apple. Also known as Brick City, it offers a wide range of neighborhoods, from peaceful suburban enclaves to active urban districts.

     

    As a major hub for shipping, air, and rail, Newark is home to several major companies. These include Panasonic, Manischewitz, Prudential, Audible.com, PSEG, and IDT Corporation. It also offers several of the top schools in the country, including Rutgers University, Seton Hall University’s law school, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

     

    As for culture, the city is home to several venues such as Newark Symphony Hall, Prudential Center, Newark Museum, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Attractions and historical sites include the Cathedral Basilica of The Sacred Heart, Thomas Edison National Historical Park, the Jewish Museum of New Jersey, Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium, and Newark Museum. And if you’re a fan of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and parks, you’ll be happy to know that Newark has an assorted variety!

     

    Though not regarded as the safest place to live, Newark communities have taken great strides to improve its reputation. Those looking for a quieter urban environment with great job opportunities, nightlife, arts scene, education, and more spacious living should consider Newark as your next home.

     

    Ridgewood

    Population: 25,500

    Median Home Value: $739,000

     

    Recently voted the best place to live in Bergen County (and the 6th best place in the state), Ridgewood presents a refreshing alternative to fast-paced living with its suburban atmosphere. A more conservative and close-knit area, most residents are homeowners. With the public school system among the best in the state, this suburb of NJ draws many families.

     

    Major thoroughfares that travel through Ridgewood include Franklin Turnpike, New Jersey Route 17, County 507, and County Route 84. Public transportation consists of the Bergen County Line and the NJ Transit Line. There are nine primary neighborhoods: Downtown, Scrabbletown, The Old Country Club, The Heights, Upper Ridgewood, Salem Ridge, Floral Park, Brookside, and The Lawns.

     

    Top public schools include Ridgewood High School, Travell Elementary School, Hawes Elementary School, and Orchard Elementary School. There’s a strong sense of community, and residents enjoy an extremely low crime rate. Ridgewood has hot, humid summers and relatively mild winters. Clean, safe and walkable, the suburb offers a wide variety of arts & culture, parks & recreation (Graydon Park, Veterans Field, Citizen Park, and Ridgewood Wild Duck Pond), top-rated restaurants, nightlife, coffee shops, supermarkets, ice cream shops, shopping malls, and movie theaters.

     

    If you have the means, Ridgewood is a great place to escape urban stress and raise a family.

     

    CENTRAL NEW JERSEY

    Princeton

    Population: 39,000

    Median Home Value: $916,000

     

    Lauded as the crown jewel of New Jersey by many, Princeton offers the best of academia, history, and culture mixed with superb, small-town living. Moderate in political views, the esteemed town is home to many young professionals.

     

    Princeton gets top marks in multiple categories: public education, nightlife, safety, diversity, and transportation. Aside from being home to Princeton University, the public schools are exceptional. Examples include Princeton High School, Princeton Charter School, Littlebrook Elementary School, J. Witherspoon Middle School, and Riverside Elementary School. Transit comes in the form of TigerTransit shuttles, NJ Transit system (buses and trains), BikeShares, CarShares, Amtrak, and the Trenton Line.

     

    The town experiences frigid winters and humid summers. Crime is low, and people feel safe when out walking. Coupled with an assorted variety of dining (Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Latin American, Asian, and other cuisines), shopping (Downtown Princeton), arts & culture (McCarter Theatre Center, Morven Museum & Garden, and Princeton Garden Theatre), pubs, coffee houses, and outdoor activities (nature gazing, hiking, biking, canoeing), Princeton has the ingredients for a high quality of life. It does, however, fall short when it comes to housing affordability with a median home value $916,000. Nonetheless, most residents in this upper-crust community own their homes.

     

    Living here comes at a premium, but to those that have fallen for its charms, Princeton is unparalleled.

     

    Edison Township

    Population: 102,000

    Median Home Value: $386,000

     

    Situated in Middlesex County, Edison is a township that’s consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the Garden State. And yes, it’s named after Thomas Edison.

     

    With several major businesses and companies in the area, including Johnson & Johnson and John F. Kennedy Medical Center, the city enjoys a low unemployment rate. Public education is excellent, with several topnotch schools such as J.P. Stevens High School, Middlesex County Academy, Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Menlo Park Elementary School, and Jon Adams Middle School.

     

    As a somewhat secluded suburb, it has its pros and cons. People who enjoy quiet suburban living love it here. If you don’t have a vehicle, however, it can be challenging to get around. Activities are limited, but if you have access to a car, you’re a short drive from a variety of attractions and things to do. Considered safe and serene, with high diversity and a low cost of living, Edison is a great place to live for both growing families and single professionals.

     

    SOUTH NEW JERSEY

    Cherry Hill Township

    Population: 71,000

    Median Home Value: $268,500

     

    As a suburb of Philadelphia, Cherry Hill Township offers another great suburban vibe for people looking to get away from urban life. With moderate political views overall, growing families, young professionals, and retirees make this Camden County suburb their home.

     

    Cherry Hill sees mild winters and long, hot summers. It can be affected by tropical storms coming from the Atlantic. As a corporate and employment hub, the area is home to TD Bank’s headquarters and the Melitta USA coffee roasting plant. Many residents commute to work elsewhere, though.

     

    Highly ranked public schools here include Cherry Hill School East, Joseph D. Sharp Elementary School, Rosa International Middle School, Richard Stockton Elementary School, and A. Russell Elementary School. If you like parks (over 50 of them!), restaurants and coffee shops, this is your kind of place. Known as a safe town, crime and incidents of racism are low.

     

    Family-friendly and affordable with a relaxing environment, Cherry Hill Township offers a small-town feel while being only 10 miles away from Philly.

     

    Collingswood

    Population: 14,000

    Median Home Value: $246,000

     

    With the motto “it’s where you want to be,” Collingswood deserves serious consideration. As a borough of Camden County, this South Jersey town is only 15 minutes away from Center City. With an urban feel, younger professionals are especially attracted to this top place to live in New Jersey.

     

    Leaning more liberal, most residents (with 44% under the age of 35) are homeowners. The suburb is still inexpensive, especially compared to neighboring towns. Business growth and job opportunities are decent, but most people commute for work. The borough is served by US Route 130 and US Route 30.

     

    Public schools are above average. These include Zane North Elementary School and Collingswood High School. Many residents consider the best things about Collingswood to be its various restaurants, loving community, booming downtown, excellent public education, and proximity to Philadelphia. Favorite local spots include the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, Grooveground Coffee Bar, Zeppoli, Hearthside, and Devil’s Creek Brewery.

     

    If you’re in search of a lively and safe community, Collingswood is worth checking out.

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    HOW TO MOVE TO NEW JERSEY

    The following is an interstate moving checklist to make your New Jersey relocation less stressful and much more manageable.

     

    2-3 MONTHS BEFORE MOVING

    • Plan early: Every move has its challenges. Give yourself and your movers ample time to safely and adequately box, transport, store, and unpack your entire household. If possible, allow for 8-12 weeks to prepare before your moving day.
    • Explore your new area: Get a feel for your new town or city. If possible, schedule a visit. Research jobs, schools, banks, community organizations, churches, medical specialists, etc.
    • Research movers: Compare movers, read online reviews, ask for recommendations, and check Better Business Bureau (BBB) ratings. DR Moving & Storage is a fully licensed, insured, and bonded moving company that caters to the NYC metro area, including New Jersey.
    • Obtain moving quotes: Request written estimates. Schedule walkthroughs with a handful of certified moving specialists to weigh your options.
    • Hire a reputable moving company: If you want a smooth moving experience, with little to no drama, it pays to hire quality moving specialists. Call us today to plan your upcoming move.
    • Review insurance coverage: Inquire about your moving company’s coverage. Also, look into your homeowner’s or renters insurance policy. Ask your insurer about additional coverage options.
    • Set aside time for moving day: Request a few days off or make sure you have enough time free to focus on the actual move.
    • Change your address: This can be done on the USPS website or at your local post office by filling out a change-of-address form. Don’t forget!

    ONE MONTH BEFORE MOVING

    • Begin the purging process: Start by purging and downsizing each room. Make piles or label items that you want to throw out or keep. This step will save space and keep your new place from getting cluttered. If you decide not to hire a packer, make sure to give yourself ample time to sort through and properly pack everything, especially for more fragile or valuable items.
    • Donate, sell, discard: Donate to a charity organization, sell online (Craigslist, Amazon, eBay, Facebook, etc.), throw a garage sale, or discard/recycle anything worn or disused.
    • Start to pack: Once you’ve purged every space in your apartment or house, get your hands on some quality packing materials: sturdy cardboard boxes, tape, utility knives, and packing materials (bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and packing paper). Start with one or two boxes. Finish one room at a time and try not to mix items from other spaces.
    • Pack certain items first: Begin with belongings that you won’t need until you’ve moved into your new home, like stuff in your attic, basement, garage or storage shed. Place heavier items at the bottom. Make sure to adequately tape and label every box.
    • Prepare pets: Schedule a vet visit. Ask how you can ensure your furry friend enjoys a smooth relocation. Note: it’s mandatory in New Jersey to obtain an annual license for every dog older than seven months.
    • Set up a new bank account: Close any credit union, bank, and other financial accounts that you won’t need after moving. Research institutions in your new area and set up accounts.
    • Transfer medical and school records: Contact your current and future physicians and schools (for yourself or children) to ensure a smooth transition.
    • Don’t forget to tell people: It’s easy to overlook something so simple during this hectic time, but don’t be that person. Notify friends, family, and co-workers of your upcoming move. You can either call, email, or meet in person. Make sure to provide your new address.

    TWO WEEKS BEFORE MOVING

    • Gather valuables: Collect any jewelry, electronics, and essential paperwork. Place these important items in a separate box or bag. Keep these items close during relocation.
    • Inventory items: Film or photograph your possessions. Make a note of the condition and any pre-existing damage. You can also create an inventory list that contains the exact location of every item and its details. This inventory will help if there are any issues during your move.
    • Use up food: Refrain from doing too much grocery shopping and take care of any leftover food in your pantry, refrigerator, freezer, and cabinets.
    • Clean appliances: Unplug, empty, and clean your major appliances like ovens, refrigerators, and freezers. Some machines use gas, so hire a professional to disconnect the lines correctly.
    • Continue to pack: Procrastination is not your friend. Keep up with wrapping and boxing. If you don’t have the time or desire, you can always hire a pro packer to help.
    • Take care of loose ends: This includes confirmation of address change, services/subscriptions cancellation, and ensuring enough insurance coverage.
    • Get cash: In case of emergency or unexpected expenses, it’s handy to have some money. You can also tip your movers for a job well done.

    ONE WEEK BEFORE MOVING

    • Properly dispose of hazardous materials: This includes flammable or caustic items like paint, gasoline, motor oil, chemicals, and aerosol cans.
    • See if there’s anything else you can donate: At this point, you may have some additional items you can discard. Schedule a pickup or drop off at a charity of your choice.
    • Hire cleaning company: Whether you own your home or rent, it’s always a good idea to enlist the pros for a thorough cleaning. It will go a long way when presenting it to prospective buyers or making sure you get your deposit back in full.
    • Confirm with your movers: Ensure that everyone’s on the same page. Go over arrival time and other important details. Also, make sure to swap phone numbers for easy communication.
    • Pack a first night box: When you have free time, place everything you’ll need for the first 24 hours or so in a box. Include toiletries, clothes, snacks, meds, etc. Place in your vehicle to ensure it’s always with you.
    • Celebrate: This is the last time in your old place. Invite friends and family to one last party or BBQ to have a proper sendoff and celebrate this new chapter!

    HOW TO MOVE TO NEW JERSEY

    The following is an interstate moving checklist to make your New Jersey relocation less stressful and much more manageable.

     

    2-3 MONTHS BEFORE MOVING

    • Plan early: Every move has its challenges. Give yourself and your movers ample time to safely and adequately box, transport, store, and unpack your entire household. If possible, allow for 8-12 weeks to prepare before your moving day.
    • Explore your new area: Get a feel for your new town or city. If possible, schedule a visit. Research jobs, schools, banks, community organizations, churches, medical specialists, etc.
    • Research movers: Compare movers, read online reviews, ask for recommendations, and check Better Business Bureau (BBB) ratings. DR Moving & Storage is a fully licensed, insured, and bonded moving company that caters to the NYC metro area, including New Jersey.
    • Obtain moving quotes: Request written estimates. Schedule walkthroughs with a handful of certified moving specialists to weigh your options.
    • Hire a reputable moving company: If you want a smooth moving experience, with little to no drama, it pays to hire quality moving specialists. Call us today to plan your upcoming move.
    • Review insurance coverage: Inquire about your moving company’s coverage. Also, look into your homeowner’s or renters insurance policy. Ask your insurer about additional coverage options.
    • Set aside time for moving day: Request a few days off or make sure you have enough time free to focus on the actual move.
    • Change your address: This can be done on the USPS website or at your local post office by filling out a change-of-address form. Don’t forget!

    ONE MONTH BEFORE MOVING

    • Begin the purging process: Start by purging and downsizing each room. Make piles or label items that you want to throw out or keep. This step will save space and keep your new place from getting cluttered. If you decide not to hire a packer, make sure to give yourself ample time to sort through and properly pack everything, especially for more fragile or valuable items.
    • Donate, sell, discard: Donate to a charity organization, sell online (Craigslist, Amazon, eBay, Facebook, etc.), throw a garage sale, or discard/recycle anything worn or disused.
    • Start to pack: Once you’ve purged every space in your apartment or house, get your hands on some quality packing materials: sturdy cardboard boxes, tape, utility knives, and packing materials (bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and packing paper). Start with one or two boxes. Finish one room at a time and try not to mix items from other spaces.
    • Pack certain items first: Begin with belongings that you won’t need until you’ve moved into your new home, like stuff in your attic, basement, garage or storage shed. Place heavier items at the bottom. Make sure to adequately tape and label every box.
    • Prepare pets: Schedule a vet visit. Ask how you can ensure your furry friend enjoys a smooth relocation. Note: it’s mandatory in New Jersey to obtain an annual license for every dog older than seven months.
    • Set up a new bank account: Close any credit union, bank, and other financial accounts that you won’t need after moving. Research institutions in your new area and set up accounts.
    • Transfer medical and school records: Contact your current and future physicians and schools (for yourself or children) to ensure a smooth transition.
    • Don’t forget to tell people: It’s easy to overlook something so simple during this hectic time, but don’t be that person. Notify friends, family, and co-workers of your upcoming move. You can either call, email, or meet in person. Make sure to provide your new address.

    TWO WEEKS BEFORE MOVING

    • Gather valuables: Collect any jewelry, electronics, and essential paperwork. Place these important items in a separate box or bag. Keep these items close during relocation.
    • Inventory items: Film or photograph your possessions. Make a note of the condition and any pre-existing damage. You can also create an inventory list that contains the exact location of every item and its details. This inventory will help if there are any issues during your move.
    • Use up food: Refrain from doing too much grocery shopping and take care of any leftover food in your pantry, refrigerator, freezer, and cabinets.
    • Clean appliances: Unplug, empty, and clean your major appliances like ovens, refrigerators, and freezers. Some machines use gas, so hire a professional to disconnect the lines correctly.
    • Continue to pack: Procrastination is not your friend. Keep up with wrapping and boxing. If you don’t have the time or desire, you can always hire a pro packer to help.
    • Take care of loose ends: This includes confirmation of address change, services/subscriptions cancellation, and ensuring enough insurance coverage.
    • Get cash: In case of emergency or unexpected expenses, it’s handy to have some money. You can also tip your movers for a job well done.

    ONE WEEK BEFORE MOVING

    • Properly dispose of hazardous materials: This includes flammable or caustic items like paint, gasoline, motor oil, chemicals, and aerosol cans.
    • See if there’s anything else you can donate: At this point, you may have some additional items you can discard. Schedule a pickup or drop off at a charity of your choice.
    • Hire cleaning company: Whether you own your home or rent, it’s always a good idea to enlist the pros for a thorough cleaning. It will go a long way when presenting it to prospective buyers or making sure you get your deposit back in full.
    • Confirm with your movers: Ensure that everyone’s on the same page. Go over arrival time and other important details. Also, make sure to swap phone numbers for easy communication.
    • Pack a first night box: When you have free time, place everything you’ll need for the first 24 hours or so in a box. Include toiletries, clothes, snacks, meds, etc. Place in your vehicle to ensure it’s always with you.
    • Celebrate: This is the last time in your old place. Invite friends and family to one last party or BBQ to have a proper sendoff and celebrate this new chapter!

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