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

Ten Useful Tips for Moving to a New State

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Moving BoxesYou will find a substantial difference between moving locally and moving to a new state. You and your belongings aren't just making a simple jaunt from one place to another, you're making an intricate journey that can take a couple of days and requires a great deal of statigic planning. During this time period, it can be all too easy to permit something crucial slide between the cracks or mismanage your own objectives of the move to Wichita Falls. We have seen a considerable amount of interstate moves and would like to offer a handful of words of professional advice concerning how to make certain you, your belongings, and also your life arrive undamaged without unnecessary trouble to your new home.

1) Research Your New Residence Beforehand

Above all, know where you are heading. Exploring your new residence is more than just doing a tour of the property prior to buying or signing a rental contract. We suggest you intermix internet investigation with a mini-vacation spent driving about your new neighborhood and city, getting to know the lay of the land in Wichita Falls and the local companies you might want to contact. Parents will likely be curious about the caliber of the school districts, and pet owners will need to explore mandatory pet licenses, if any. Additionally, you will want dimensions of your new home's doorways to ensure your furniture will fit through.

2) Choose the Best Interstate Moving Service

Each and every interstate, state-to-state, and cross-country moving service is distinct. While many professional moving services can supply you with the basics you need to get things from a location to another, don't merely choose the first one that shows up in your local Google search. Explore pricing, services, and timing to identify a moving company who is going to deliver the moving experience to Wichita Falls you expect most within your moving budget. Make sure you assess their online reputation with others who've moved using the company to make certain you are hiring a highly rated mover known for their customer service.

3) Make a Strategic Packing Plan

Packing for an interstate move may involve the same basic tasks, but it seems completely different than a local residential move. Because there's no multiple jaunts or returning for forgotten about things, and due to the fact you may need everything squared away promptly in the new destination, create a complete strategic packing plan. Pare down your things with giving things away, offering items to charitable organizations, eBay sales or even a yard sale in case you have more belongings than you want to take and in addition, begin packing early. Label every single box clearly, and let your movers know in the event that you'd like your rooms loaded in a particular order for straightforward rapid unpacking.

4) Arrange Your Own Transportation and Accommodations

While your long distance moving service to Wichita Falls will handle moving all of your inanimate possessions, you, along with any animals and houseplants, will need to make your way within your vehicle. In all probability, you will find yourself going on a lengthy road trip. Be sure to plan your cross-country journey carefully including frequent rest breaks, where you want to eat, and where you'll stay. Reserve your lodgings in advance and take into account any additional family members, pets, or plants that will be going with you.

5) Switch Your Driver's License

Although you will not likely get in trouble instantaneously for having a driver's license attached to your old home address, it's a good idea if you aquire a new driver's license provided by your new state of residence and exhibiting your new place of residence. Thankfully, it's incredibly easy to move a currently valid license to a new state. A few states are able to accommodate this request entirely online, which is extremely hassle-free.

6) Utilities and Mail Forwarding

An interstate move signifies that mail shipped to the improper street address will likely be exceptionally difficult and perhaps even expensive to have forwarded to you. Make sure you officially switch your address with the post office and also arrange for temporary mail forwarding so your letters and packages catch up with you correctly.

Following the same lines, make sure you complete the total transfer of utilities. Be sure to have the utilities of your previous house disconnected or transferred to a property manager or new owner. At the new property, ensure that the utilities are on and in your name before you arrive. If possible, it is usually helpful to have another person like your real estate professional pop in and make sure the refrigerator is operating. This allows you to buy and stow knick knacks soon after arrival.

7) Pack a Moving Suitcase for Yourself

Keep in mind, you may reach your end point prior to the moving truck with your possessions. This suggests you'll need to live out of suitcases for a short while, so your travel luggage should be very well packed. Ensure that you have a variety of changes of clothing, toiletries, medicines, all your required financial information, and chargers for your personal devices packed. Preferably, place all these items to one side when you pack the remainder of your personal belongings into cartons to ensure that nothing crucial is left behind.

Your moving bag really should be part overnight-bag and part emergency bag, and it will assist you to prepare to stay in-transit for as long as your road trip and truck arrival may take. Each individual moving with you and each pet will typically have their own moving travelling bag to ensure that everybody is appropriately equipped for a long quest and a couple of days within a mostly bare residence.

Moving - Packing8) Pack Your Automobile for a Road Trip

While you get ready to depart, one of the final steps should be to ready your car for the long journey in front of you. Create a list of everything you'll need along the way including a navigation tool and charging infrastructure to make sure you don't end up being lost and a whole check-up of your automobile to avoid unnecessary maintenance issues. You will also want to make certain that you and everyone moving along with you will be able to get by comfortably in the vehicle even if there are long stretches without eating places or places to stay. Bring lots 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 arrive.

9) Examine Your Budget

Regardless of how watchful you've been up to this stage, it is all too easy to go over budget during the move itself. Your road trip plan should include pre-booked hotel accommodations along with a general comprehension of the place 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 on the road. In case money is tight, think about packing snacks in a cooler and purchasing your food from supermarkets or little small-town cafes. Should you be making your moving excursion into a family vacation with engaging in sightseeing as you go along, just be sure not to spend more than you intended to.

10) Stay in Contact with Your Movers

Last but not least, throughout an interstate move to Wichita Falls, ensure that you stay in contact with your movers. While the majority of cross-country moves are uneventful and smooth-sailing, occasionally things go awry and scheduling details will have to be taken care of. Perhaps your moving truck gets a flat, or perhaps you're the one with the flat. You ought to maintain continuous 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 disaster should a surprise catastrophe take place. Be positive that you exchange contact numbers with your driver and discuss delivery plans prior to leaving the origin location.

Moving among states is a large venture and one you need to accept with all seriousness. Once your items are in the hands of professional movers with your own method of travel is diligently prepared, your move will feel much more like a fun road-trip holiday than a massive logistical headache. Let us assist you to have a smooth and enjoyable interstate move to Wichita Falls.

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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