Interstate Moving to Austin--Keeping Your Peace of mind Between the Lines

Moving - Planning a Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Relocating to a new residence is huge, but when your new house is in a new state, there are lots of new things to understand together with the typical "Where's the dry cleaners?" question. Whilst your interstate move to Austin might be only a few miles, as a new resident there are lots of items that differ from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet nearby when you are arranging your life going forward.

If you've bought a new house no doubt you've visited the city and put in a bit of time on the web understanding the new area, checked out schools, and figured out the nearest coffee shop. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Austin--the logistics and specifics which are so easily lost amongst the angst of the stacks of cartons.

Identify Your Budget

Moving is costly. In the event your move is corporate and it's not on your own dollar, skip ahead of the class. If you are paying the expenses, be aware that all moving companies are not created equal and shop around prior to deciding the best way to handle a move and which moving company to engage. Ask around for referrals, but verify the company you select is part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number will be on their website and moving trucks). The Better Business Bureau is another great resource for top notch moving companies in Austin.

Establish your budget for the move before beginning. It can save you money by doing your own packing and driving, and hiring labor to load and unload the trucks. Most movers provide a variety of services so you can decide those that you prefer. This is an excellent approach to take if you're comfortable packing the main things, but need help with things like electronics and antique items.

Professional companies won't provide you with a price quote without knowing exactly what you are moving and how far. So, schedule an in-home visit and discuss with the estimator everything that you're intending on moving. You should definitely obtain a written quote, examine it closely and ask questions if there are numbers or specifics which are difficult to understand.

Arrange Your Packing

It's like eating an elephant, take it a single bite-or box-at the time. Start off purging once you find out you are moving to Austin. In case you've not used it or worn it in half a year, donate it, pass it on, or trash it. In the event your movers are boxing for you, it is a great deal less difficult to be ruthless with the purge whenever you ask yourself if something is worth paying another individual to wrap and pack it.

Consider your new life--if you are moving from Minnesota to a tropical climate, leave the polar fleece jacket and winter boots with your next door neighbor. They will be convenient when you visit and be entirely unnecessary in place where 65 degrees is regarded as a chilly snap. Pack up your out of season clothing and toys first, and work your way to the necessities. A couple of days before the move itself, pack up a duffel bag with the essentials for the day or two you'll be in transit.

Moving with PetsMoving the Transportation

If you are 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, watercraft, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it has to go on the truck unless of course you are driving it. Anytime animals are members of the household, often it makes sense for a couple of you to drive with the pets. Consult your vet and check with airlines about pet policies when you first find out you're moving. Additionally, coordinate with the movers on the time allocated for transport, especially if you are travelling by plane. In the event your furniture and television are a week behind, you'll need a place to stay in the interim, and the earlier you make those plans the better, particularly with animals involved.

M-Day Minus 14 and Counting

The previous couple of days before you shut the door for the last time can be a flurry of activity, you need to check these things off your list. 

  • Confirm existing utilities are shifting or shutting down the day after your move. If you're in a freezing climate on either end, request your real estate agent to check for burst pipes at the new home in Austin--that's not really a welcome home for anyone.
  • Ensure the mail is halted and forwarded, and that you have completed the change of address paperwork for bank accounts, health care, and insurance information. You are able to change your home address online and get a new PO box, but don't forget that the Post Office designates you a box and it's commonly on the bottom row. It is best to go in after you have moved and pick one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of essential documents, keep them inside a file folder along with you over the interstate move itself. This includes prescriptions, immunization documents for the children and pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and whatever you may want to get your hands on in a rush.
  • Schedule the cable/internet person for as quickly as feasible. Don't fret if their visit coincides along with the movers; they're accustomed to functioning around boxes. It is an occupational hazard for promising to show up whenever within a five-hour window. 


There are some things that wisdom dictates should never go on a moving van. If you're concerned about driving with a full gas can for the lawn mower inside the car, think about packing a moving truck with lawn tools, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and starting off cross country to Austin. So, if you happen to have to have a reminder, here are a few items which movers will not be allowed to transport. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleaning products, paint and paint thinner, nail polish (honestly) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • spoilable food
  • houseplants--states have rules about adding new species in an effort to avoid new unwanted pests as well as fungi. There is no border patrol checking your car or trucks to confiscate your caladiums, but you ought not be the individual who brought in the aphids which killed off the area plants and flowers.
  • Cash, precious jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies won't be answerable for assets like this. 

Set up Domicile

This means letting the new state know you're coming. You'll need to begin paying taxes in your new state the moment the ink dries on your new mortgage loan. Let your accountant know you are moving--some states do not have state income taxes! Each individual state has their unique tax rates, regulations, and various unique laws. Check your new state's internet site for details on licensing pets, teenage drivers, along with other arcane legal issues you'll want to know. Once you've moved you will need new drivers’ licenses and automobile tags--check to determine what the grace period is for new residents. In many states you can register to vote at the DMV; again, check 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 under control, think about the important stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.