Reputable moving companies always offer free estimates (cost is based on weight, so hold that garage sale before making an appointment).
If you have had a good experience with a moving company long distance before, see if they have a branch in this new hometown. Also worth checking comments and get some other estimates before hiring a company.
If you have pets, they will have to stay somewhere safe while you move. Get luxury dog boarding for your furry friend until they can come to their new home.
Tune up your car or get a full service; be sure to tell them that you are moving out of state and perform a full check of road safety including tire pressure and wear evaluation and wiper replacement (if necessary).
Check your emergency car kit (you have one, right?) And make sure you have the correct replacement oil weight and windshield cleaner and flares and jumper cables. And replace the spare tire if more than 6 to 10 years old or has been stored in conditions of extreme heat.
Update health insurance if you have a PPO; most companies have affiliated providers in other states, but you must apply and qualify for a good price.
Don’t forget your basic private kitchen equipment, utensils, medicines, etc. Also, pack valuables such as passports, additional checks, tax records and other essential documents if perhaps some of your belongings go missing during the move.
Even if you have a new job to start the second you arrive, plan time for breaks. It is difficult to start working when you’re dead tired. For the same reason, the road fatigue really takes a toll. Do not sleep in truck stops, the side of the road, or parking lots. Even if money is tight, spring for a cheap motel, or at least a campsite, and get a good night’s sleep. Worth making reservations if you’re traveling in isolated regions.