Guide to Moving From New Jersey to Pennsylvania

Planning a move to Pennsylvania from New Jersey? Welcome to the Keystone State! Transtar Moving is here to ensure your relocation to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is smooth. We offer a wide range of moving services for residential customers and businesses in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Continue reading for our guide to moving from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. 


Dedicate some time before your move to researching and planning so your transition to life in Pennsylvania is a breeze. Here are a few tasks to start.

Learn About the Area

While Pennsylvania and New Jersey are next-door neighbors, even the closest states have differences. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the part of Pennsylvania you’re moving to. 

The Commonwealth is geographically diverse. You have two large cities on either coast — Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. But not far outside either city, you’ll find the rugged Allegheny Mountains and the sprawling Dutch Country farmland. The part of Pennsylvania you’re moving to will impact factors like the type of neighborhood you live in, access to public transportation and parking availability. 

While learning about the area, look into laws that differ between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Notably, you’ll have to pump your gas from now on. Research other local laws regarding driving, taxes, pets, firearms and insurance. 

Decide What to Bring With You

Now that you know about the part of Pennsylvania you’re moving to, begin building your packing list. Give yourself a few months to make your list, so you know it covers everything. 

To start, make a checklist of everything you’ll bring to Pennsylvania. It will help to visit the new home beforehand so that you know what you’ll have room to bring. 

As you get closer to your moving day, start packing the items you use less often into moving boxes. Meanwhile, discard any items you won’t need at your new home. Thinning out your belongings will make the move easier and reduce clutter at your new residence. 

As you pack, leave yourself at least one bag with clothing and toiletries you can use until you’re settled in. 

Determine the Moving Logistics

As you create your packing list, determine how you’ll move everything from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. Moving takes a lot of work — you’ll likely need a larger vehicle and an extra set of hands to help you out. 

While you can try to move to a new state by yourself or with friends, you’ll be better off hiring a moving company. To choose the right company, check out their services, rates and customer reviews so you know you’re working with a business you can trust. 

Handle Official Business 

Before heading out of town, make sure everyone who needs to know you’re moving is aware. Here’s a quick checklist of organizations you’ll want to contact about your change of address:

  • Banks 
  • Credit card companies
  • Insurance providers
  • Utility companies 
  • Internet providers
  • Subscription services 
  • Magazine publishers 
  • The postal service 


When moving day comes around, do what you need to keep a level head and make it to Pennsylvania in one piece. There’s a lot of work to do, which can sometimes become stressful. Packing and loading up too fast can cause you to forget things, break precious items or injure yourself. Hiring professional movers like Transtar is the best way to reduce stress on moving day. 

Our moving experts handle everything from packing to unloading while you drive your vehicle to your new home. Hire us for residential and commercial services like:

  • Packing 
  • Storage 
  • Transportation 
  • Unloading 
  • Unpacking and furniture setup 


The tough part is over — you’re all settled in your new Pennsylvania home. Now it’s time to handle a few items that will make your presence in Pennsylvania feel a bit more official. Reach out to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to update your driver’s license and registration to reflect your new home. Then, register to vote in your new municipality. If you’re staying with the same employer, update them with your new home address for tax purposes. 


Transtar Moving is ready to deliver your belongings from New Jersey to Pennsylvania on your schedule. We’re a family-owned moving company with roots in South Jersey and the Delaware Valley. We have the experience, equipment and personnel needed to move all of your belongings to your new home on time and make sure they arrive safely. To get started, please request a quote online today!

Guide to Moving From New Jersey to Pennsylvania

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