Austin Moving Blog - Tips, Tricks, and Insider Info
September 11, 2018

Ten Helpful Tips for Moving to a New State

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Moving BoxesThere's a huge difference in between moving locally and moving to a new state. You and your possessions are not just making a short jaunt from one house to another, you will be making a complicated journey which may take a few days and requires plenty of logistics. During this time period, it is really all too easy to permit something crucial slide through the cracks or mismanage your personal requirements of the move to Austin. We've seen plenty of interstate moves and would like to present you with a handful of words of expert advice regarding how to make certain you, your belongings, and your life arrive intact without unwarranted hassle to your new residence.

1) Take A Look At New Residence Ahead of Time

To start with, recognize where you are moving. Exploring your new home is more than simply doing a tour of the home prior to buying or signing a rental agreement. We suggest you incorporate internet investigation with a mini-vacation spent traveling about your new neighborhood and city, learning the lay of the land in Austin and the area products and services you might like to contact. Parents will probably be interested in the quality of the school districts, and pet owners will need to explore necessary pet licenses, if any. You will additionally need sizes of your new residence's doorways to make certain your furnishings will make it through.

2) Pick the best Interstate Moving Service

Each interstate, state-to-state, and cross-country moving service is distinct. While most professional moving services can offer you the fundamentals you will need to get things from a place to another, do not merely pick the first one that shows up in your local internet search. Look into costs, services, and timing to identify a moving company who can supply the moving experience to Austin you expect most within your moving budget. Don't forget to check their online reputation with others who've relocated using the service to make sure you're working with a highly rated mover recognized for their customer satisfaction.

3) Develop a Strategic Packing Plan

Packing for an interstate move may well include the same fundamental tasks, however it seems totally different than a local residential move. Due to there being no multiple jaunts or going back for forgotten about belongings, and because you'll need everything squared away quickly in the new house, make a comprehensive strategic packing plan. Pare down your belongings by giving items away, offering items to charity, eBay sales or perhaps a yard sale in case you have far more items than you wish to take and in addition, commence packing early. Tag every single box clearly, and notify your movers in the event that you'd like your rooms loaded in a specific order for easy speedy unpacking.

4) Organize Your Own Travel and Accommodations

While your long distance moving service to Austin will handle moving all of the inanimate items, you, along with any pets and houseplants, will have to make your way in your motor vehicle. In all likelihood, you'll find yourself going on a long road trip. Be sure to plan your cross-country road trip diligently including frequent rest breaks, where you want to eat, and where you will stay. Reserve your accommodations well ahead of time and take into consideration any additional family members, pets, or plants that'll be traveling with you.

5) Transfer Your Driver's License

While you won't get in trouble instantly for possessing a license associated with your old street address, it's a good idea if you get a new driver's license supplied by your new state of residence and displaying your new street address. Thankfully, it is increasingly easy to switch a presently valid license to a new state. Several states can accommodate this request totally online, which happens to be super hassle-free.

6) Utilities and Mail Forwarding

An interstate move signifies that mail sent to the incorrect home address will likely be exceptionally challenging and perhaps even costly to have forwarded to you. Make sure to officially change your address with the post office and set up for short-term mail forwarding so your letters and packages catch up with you successfully.

Following the same lines, don't forget to carry out the total transfer of utilities. Ensure that you have the utilities of your previous home disconnected or transferred to a landlord or new owner. At the new house, be sure that the utilities are on and in your name before you arrive. Preferably, it's also helpful to have somebody such as your realtor pop in and ensure the fridge is operating. This allows you to buy and stow knick knacks immediately following arrival.

7) Pack a Moving Suitcase for Yourself

Keep in mind, you might reach your house before the moving truck with all your possessions. This suggests you'll have to live out of suitcases for a little while, so your suitcase really should be very well packed. Make certain you have several changes of apparel, toiletries, medications, all your required financial information, and battery chargers for your personal devices packed. Ideally, place all of these items to one side before you pack the remainder of your personal things into boxes to ensure that nothing vital is overlooked.

Your moving bag should be part overnight-bag and part emergency bag, and it will surely enable you to prepare to live in-transit for as long as your journey and truck arrival might take. Every person moving with you and each family pet should also have their own moving travelling bag to make sure that everyone is properly equipped for a lengthy adventure and a few days within a largely empty house.

Moving - Packing8) Pack Your Vehicle for a Road Trip

While you get ready to leave, one of the last steps is usually to ready your automobile for the long trip ahead. Create a list of everything you will need along the route including a navigation tool and charging infrastructure to make sure you avoid getting lost plus a whole check-up of your automobile to prevent unwanted maintenance incidents. You will also need to make certain that you and everyone moving with you will be able to make it comfortably in the vehicle even if there are long stretches without places to eat or hotels. Pack a good amount of water bottles and road snack foods and consider including a couple sleeping bags to ensure that you can sleep in the new residence ahead of when your beds get there.

9) Check Your Budget

No matter how watchful you've been up to this point, it's all too easy to go over budget over the move itself. Your road trip plan needs to include pre-booked hotel rooms and a standard comprehension of where you will likely be stopping to eat and take restroom breaks as you go along. Bear in mind your budget and keep track of how much you spend while travelling. If funds are limited, think about packing snacks in a cooler and purchasing meals from food markets or little small-town cafes. If you're making your moving road trip into a vacation by doing sightseeing en route, make absolutely certain not to spend more than you intended to.

10) Keep in touch with Your Movers

Finally, during an interstate move to Austin, make sure to stay in contact with your movers. While almost all cross-country moves are uneventful and smooth-sailing, occasionally things go awry and logistics will have to be managed. Perhaps your moving truck gets a flat, or perhaps you are the one with the flat. You ought to maintain constant contact with your movers to synchronize the arrival of your items and they could even have the ability to help you out of a road-trip catastrophe should an unusual catastrophe occur. Be sure that you exchange contact numbers with your driver and talk about delivery plans prior to leaving the origin location.

Moving from state to state is a massive undertaking and one you need to undertake with all seriousness. Once your belongings are in the hands of professional movers with your own method of travel is diligently prepared, your move will feel a lot more like a fun road-trip getaway than a massive logistical headache. Let us help you have a smooth and enjoyable interstate move to Austin.

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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