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February 08, 2021

Moving to a New State in 2021: 3 Tips to Smooth the Process

Moving to a new houseBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving is anxious even under ideal conditions. Preparing to move to a new state during 2021, multiplied by COVID-19 and pandemic-related issues, is a whole new level. Even with the aid of a moving company in Austin, not only will the move itself take several days and demand complicated logistics, but it will additionally require you to take additional precautions to keep yourself, your loved ones, and anyone helping in the move safe.

For sure, it is a lot to deal with. Luckily, there are some steps you can take beforehand to make your move to Austin less painful than it could be otherwise.

Three Suggestions to Smooth the Process of a State-to-State Move

Though the move may never be totally stress-free, the following three steps might help lessen your stress levels.

Tip 1: When possible, do your paperwork beforehand.

Moving always means changing your permanent address. Critical documents, websites, and service providers will all need to be updated. Managing these steps beforehand will permit you to check this item off your schedule and concentrate more fully on your new house when you get there.

When you move between states, however, you have the additional task of procuring a new driver's license too. As with the change of address rules, the majority of states have a required time period by which you should exchange your old license for a new one, so be certain that you verify with your new state's DMV website to understand the amount of time in which getting a new license will be needed.

Various states require an in-person visit to the DMV, others allow you to accomplish the whole process online. Accomplishing this task before yourmove will help with the transition and free up important settling-in time in your new place of residence—especially during the pandemic, when threats of virus spread complicate even the easiest chores.

Tip 2: Pack with both short-term and long-term trips in mind.

On one hand, an interstate move is similar to a road trip and a move all bundled into one. Not only are you packing up all your earthly possessions for transport, but you're in addition preparing to spend at least a day or two road-tripping to get to your new place.

Before you arrive at the last chores of packing up, always make sure to take time out to pack suitcases for yourself (and, if applicable, for your loved ones) which will incorporate everything you'll need for the next couple of days in route:

  • Face masks and hand sanitizer
  • Changes of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • ID's and documentation
  • Cash

And do not forget about your furry family members! Be certain they have several days' worth of supplies available in addition.

Tip 3: Select an experienced interstate moving company in Austin.

All moving companies have specialties. While some are experts in local relocations, others have put together systems and structures to support interstate and cross-country moves. When talking to possible moving companies in Austin, always be sure to ask careful questions regarding their abilities and areas of expertise. Make sure to check out consumer reviews, question friends and contacts and take their knowledge into consideration.

While it's tempting just to select the cheapest offer you get after a quick Google search, we've all been around long enough to know that the cheapest estimate is not always the greatest selection in the end. If you are facing the pressure of an interstate move, particularly during the ongoing pandemic, you'll want to know you are in capable hands the whole time.

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At A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Austin, we offer residential, commercial, and corporate moving solutions. We do the heavy lifting, so you don't have to. With no-contact services currently available, we are here to help you move safely and effectively, no matter where or when.


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