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 stressful even under perfect conditions. Getting ready to move to a new state in 2021, complicated by COVID-19 and pandemic-related troubles, is a entire new thing. Even with the aid of a moving company in Austin, not only will the move itself span several days and require precise logistics, but it will also require you to take extra precautions to keep yourself, your loved ones, and anyone assisting in the move safe.
 

Honestly, it is a lot to handle. Luckily, there are a number of steps you can take beforehand to make the move to Austin less anxious than it could be otherwise.

3 Tips to Ease the Process of a State-to-State Move

Though the task may never be totally stress-free, these three steps can help lessen your anxiety.

Tip 1: If possible, handle your paperwork beforehand.

Moving always necessitates updating your permanent address. Critical documents, websites, and service providers will all need to be updated. Taking care of these tasks beforehand will allow you to check this task off your schedule and concentrate more fully on your new house when you get there.

If you relocate from state-to-state, however, you have the added responsibility of procuring a new driver's license too. Similar to the change of address policies, the majority of states have a set amount of time by which you must exchange your old license for a new one, so be sure that you confirm with your new state's DMV website to fully grasp the time period in which getting a new license will be required.

Some states require an in-person visit to the DMV, others let you to accomplish the whole process online. Managing this task pre-move will help with the transition and free up important settling-in time in your new state of residence—especially during a pandemic, when threats of virus transmission complicate even the simplest tasks.

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

In one way, an interstate move is similar to a road trip and a move all together into one. Not only are you packing up all your earthly possessions for the move, but you're in addition getting ready to spend at likely a day or two road-tripping to reach your new town.

Before you arrive at the last stages of packing up, always be sure to take a few minutes to pack suitcases for yourself (and, if applicable, for your loved ones) that will incorporate everything you will want for the next few days on the road:

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

Also do not forget about your furry friends! Make sure they have several days' worth of supplies packed up as well.

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

All moving companies have specialties. While a few are great for local moves, others have built systems and structures to support interstate and cross-country moves. When vetting possible moving companies in Austin, always be certain to ask careful questions about their abilities and areas of expertise. Be sure to read consumer reviews, call friends and contacts and take their knowledge into consideration.

While it's tempting just to choose the least expensive estimate you find after a fast Google search, we've all been around long enough to recognize that the cheapest offer is not always the wisest choice after all. If you're facing the anxiety of an interstate move, especially over the ongoing pandemic, you will appreciate knowing you're in good hands every step of the way.

We Can Help

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're here to help you move safely and effectively, no matter where or when.

 

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