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September 21, 2018

Interstate Moving to Austin--Keeping Your Sanity Within the Lines

Moving - Planning a Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Moving to a new home is a massive undertaking, however when your new home is in a new state, there are a number different items to learn combined with the typical "Where is the dry cleaners?" question. Although your interstate move to Austin might be just a couple of miles, as a new resident there are plenty of things that will be different from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet on hand when you're coordinating your life moving forward.

If you have bought a new home you've probably visited the location and expended a bit of time on the internet getting to know the new community, analyzed schools, and figured out the closest coffee shop. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Austin--the planning and particulars which are so quickly lost within the tension of the piles of boxes.

Identify Your Budget

Moving is not cheap. In case your move is corporate and it's not on your dime, skip ahead of the class. Should you be paying the bill, remember that all moving companies are not created equal and research your options before deciding the way to manage a move and which company to hire. Ask around for referrals, but confirm the company you select is a member of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number should be on their website and vans). The Better Business Bureau also is a excellent source of quality moving companies in Austin.

Figure out your budget for the move before you get started. It can save you money by doing your own packing and driving, and hiring labor to load and unload the trucks. A lot of movers provide a variety of services so you can decide those that you want. This is an excellent approach to take if you are comfortable packing up some things, but need help with things such as electronics and antique items.

Professional companies won't give you a price quote with no knowledge of everything that you're moving and how far. Therefore, schedule an in-home visit and tell the estimator precisely what you're planning on moving. Make sure to obtain a written quote, look it over closely and ask questions in case there are amounts or specifics that are puzzling.

Arrange Your Packing

It really is like eating an elephant, take it a single bite-or box-at the time. Start purging as soon as you learn you might be moving to Austin. In the event that you haven't made use of the item or put it on in half a year, donate it, pass it on, or dispose of it. In the event your movers are packing up for you, it is a lot easier to be savage with the purge when you determine that something is worth compensating another individual to wrap and pack it.

Be mindful of your new life--if you will be moving from Minnesota to a warm climate, leave the polar fleece and winter boots with your buddy. They will be useful whenever you visit and be completely useless in place where 65 degrees is viewed as a cold snap. Prepare your out of season apparel and toys initially, and work your way up to the essentials. A short time ahead of the move itself, pack up a duffel bag with the essentials for the day or two you're in transit.

Moving with PetsTransporting the Transportation

Should you be relocating across the country and traveling by air with your family members, make sure you let the movers know they'll be moving motor vehicles, boats, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it has to go on the moving van unless of course you're driving it. Whenever pets are in the family, sometimes it makes sense for a couple of you to drive with the pets. Consult your veterinarian and check with airlines concerning pet policies when you first find out you will be moving. In addition, coordinate with the movers relating to the time allocated for transportation, particularly if you are going by . In the event your couch and TV are a week behind, you'll need a hotel in the interim, and the sooner you put together those solutions the better, specifically with family pets involved.

M-Day Minus 14 and Counting

The last few days before you close the door for the final time is often a flurry of actions, you need to check these tasks off your list. 

  • Confirm existing utilities are transferring or shutting down the day immediately after your move. In case you're in a cold climate on either end, request your realtor to take a look for broken plumbing at the new home in Austin--that's not really a welcome home for anybody.
  • Confirm the mail is stopped and forwarded, and that you've done the change of address paperwork for bank accounts, healthcare, and insurance information. You are able to modify your home address on the internet and get a new PO box, but bear in mind that the Post Office designates you a box and it is usually on the bottom row. It is best to go in after you have moved and pick one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of valuable paperwork, hold them within a file folder at hand over the interstate move itself. This consists of prescriptions, immunization documents for the children and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and whatever you may be required to get hold of in a rush.
  • Schedule the cable/internet person for as quickly as feasible. Don't worry if their visit coincides with the movers; they're familiar with operating around boxes. It's an occupational hazard for promising to appear at any time in a five-hour window. 


There are certain things that sound judgment dictates should never go on a moving van. If you're nervous about driving with a full gas can for the garden tractor in the car, ponder packing a moving van with lawn equipment, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and heading out cross country to Austin. So, if you happen to need a reminder, below are a few things that movers are not permitted to transport. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleaners, paint and paint thinner, nail polish (honestly) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • perishable food
  • houseplants--states have rules about introducing new types in an attempt to prevent new infestations and fungi. There isn't any border patrol verifying your car or trucks to confiscate your caladiums, but you don't want to be the individual who brought in the aphids which wiped out any nearby plants.
  • Cash, fine jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies are not answerable for valuables like this. 

Set up Domicile

What this means is letting the new state know you are coming. You'll need to begin paying taxes in your new state the moment the ink dries on your new home loan. Let your accountant know you are moving--some states don't have state income taxes! Each individual state has their particular tax rates, regulations, and diverse unique regulations. Check your new state's website for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, and other arcane laws you will need to comprehend. After getting moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and automobile tags--check to determine what the grace time frame is for new locals. In many states you can register to vote at the DMV; again, look at the state webpage to determine the deadline for signing up to be a good citizen.

And, now that you've got this interstate move to Austin well in hand, concentrate on the critical stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.

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