Checklist for Starting a New Job in a New State
Starting a new job is exciting. Moving to another state is exciting too but can also be daunting. I hope you find this checklist useful for when you find yourself in this situation.
This is written under the assumption that you're flying to your new place and packing light
- Find a place to live
- Crash a friend's, AirBnb, or Corporate Housing while you search. This should take about a week to do. (Pick the best place after you've seen 37% of the places you want to visit, it's the [most optimal choice] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimal_stopping)
- Get copies of your medical records
- Visit your doctor, dentist, and anyone else who you've seen in the past and get physical or digital records. The records will be useful for your new health care providers.
- Cancel utilities/services/memberships you won't be using
- Request for mail forwarding with USPS
- If you're expecting any mail at your old address, you can get it forwarded to your new address
- Change the billing address with your banks
- Change the mailing address with the IRS with a Form 8822
- Ensures you receive all correspondence and tax refunds as soon as possible
- Register to vote
- Some States let you do it online or when you apply for a driver license
- Get a driver license or an Enhanced Driver License
- The latter can be used as proof of citizenship and act as a limited passport
- Sign up for utilities
- Includes: phone, internet, gas, water, electricity
- Check with the place you're staying, your employer, and any organizations you belong to if they have deals
- Establish Legal Residency (Legal Domicile) in your new state allows you to:
- Avoid paying income taxes for 2 states
- California has income taxes, Washington doesn't, so you won't be subject to income taxes
- Qualify for in-state tuition for universities
- Power to vote for the local and state government
- Buy used when you can
- You can find great pieces of furniture for the fraction of the retail price on the used market
- If you live near a university or large workplaces, check if they have garage sales
- Buying used is not only a good economically, but also good for the environment
- Plan your commute during the hours you will be commuting. Google Maps and CityMapper are some tools you can use.
- Sign up for your employer's 401(k) and Health Savings Account
- If your employee has 401(k) matching, this is basically free money
- Checkout the perks/discounts your employer offers
- Find new health care providers
- Sign up for a gym/fitness club
- Participate in your companie's Employee Stock Purchase Plan
- Contribute to your individual retirement account (Set contributions to occur on an automated schedule)
- Explore your new place!
- Hikes, classes, food scene, and new hobbies!
Thanks to Sam and Bill for some advice