When you move from state to state, there are many things to keep in mind other than your furniture and belongings.

Different sports have different requirements and legalities that you will need to follow, and there are some essential things to remember when moving across state lines for any sport.

In this article, we will talk about how to move across state lines for sportsmen, focusing on some essential tips that every sportsman should know before they begin their journey.

Hire Professionals

There are moving companies out there that specialize in long-distance moves. Long-distance moves are their bread and butter.

If you hire them, they will come to your home, pack up all of your stuff (be sure to leave anything that is not 100% irreplaceable—you can always replace a lamp), then transport it to your new location.

This is an excellent option if you do not want to pack yourself and are not interested in living out of boxes while you get everything situated. A professional long-distance moving company typically handles any complications that arise along the way (damage, etc.), so there is little stress involved.

Again, make sure you compare costs between companies because prices can vary widely depending on your move’s length and the number of stops. Remember to check for references and meet up with each of these movers face-to-face before finalizing anything.

Fill Out Paperwork In Advance

There are some documents you will need to make sure are in order before you start moving. So, if you know that your new job requires a driver’s license from your state of residence and a license from your new state of residence, call each state ahead of time to see how long it will take to get those sorted out.

If possible, schedule an appointment for when you move—that way, there is less chance that anyone will be rushing around or missing any paperwork or deadlines. Check with your doctor: If you have any medical issues (especially chronic ones), find out what will happen to them under your new health insurance plan.

Have A Support System

Perhaps one of the most important things an athlete can do to ensure a smooth transition is enlist help from family, friends and neighbors. While many professional athletes are able to afford movers and shipping services, moving across state lines is not something you should take lightly.

If you have kids, having a friend or family member willing to help with childcare during your move could be invaluable. And if your significant other is not looking forward to making a long-distance relationship work (and there are lots of reasons why they might not be), ask them how they feel about long-distance marriage or a relationship before you make any final decisions.

Do Not Rush The Process

Rushing into moving may cause you to overlook important details. If you do not plan, your move can become more stressful than it needs to be. Rushing can also mean skipping steps that could save you time and money in the long run.

Double-check your moving company as soon as possible – take time to check references and make sure they are licensed and insured. Also, once you get an estimate, do not sign a contract until they come back with that price on paper! Let them know you will hold them to their word if they lie about pricing later in your relationship.

Transfer Professional Licenses

Lastly, if you are moving with your spouse, it is important to consider them as well. Before you choose to move across state lines, you will want to check whether your spouse’s current professional license can be transferred to your new home.

Not all states have reciprocal agreements in place when it comes to transferring professional licenses. So, if they are an architect in Illinois and decide to move your business to Florida, they may not be able to take their license with them—even if both states have similar requirements and licensure procedures.

Before making a move like that, spend some time researching state-to-state reciprocity (or lack thereof) related to their profession. An hour or two of research could save you time and money.