Interstate Moving to Wichita Falls--Keeping Your Sanity Between the Lines

Moving - Planning a Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Relocating to a new residence is huge, however when your new home is in a new state, there are numerous different things to find out along with the normal "Where's the dry cleaners?" dilemma. Whilst your interstate move to Wichita Falls may well be only a few miles, as a new resident you will discover numerous things that vary from your previous home--so have this cheat sheet handy when you are arranging your life going forward.

If you've bought a new house you may have visited the town and expended some time on the internet becoming familiar with the new area, checked out schools, and determined the nearest bistro. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Wichita Falls--the planning and particulars that are so quickly lost among the angst of the piles of boxes.

Determine Your Spending Plan

Moving is costly. In case your move is corporate and it is not on your dollar, skip ahead of the class. If you're footing the expenses, remember that all moving companies aren't the same and do your homework before deciding the best way to handle a move and which company to work with. Ask around for recommendations, but verify the company you choose is a member of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number is going to be on their website and moving trucks). The Better Business Bureau also is a good resource for quality moving companies in Wichita Falls.

Figure out your budget for the move before starting. It can save you money by doing your own packing up and driving, and hiring labor to load and unload the moving trucks. A lot of movers provide a menu of services and you can pick and choose which of them you prefer. This is an excellent way to go if you're confident boxing some things, but would like help with things like electronics and antiques.

Professional companies won't give you a price quote without understanding precisely what you will be moving and how far. Therefore, schedule an in-home appointment and discuss with the estimator precisely what you are planning on moving. Be sure to obtain a written estimate, read it carefully and ask questions should there be figures or details which are difficult to understand.

Prepare Your Packing

It really is like eating an elephant, take it one bite-or box-at the time. Start off purging whenever you recognize you might be moving to Wichita Falls. In case you have not used the item or put it on in half a year, donate it, sell it, or trash it. In the event your movers are packing for you, it's a great deal less complicated to be savage with the purge whenever you ask yourself if a specific thing is worth paying some other person to wrap and pack it.

Take into account your new life--if you're moving from Minnesota to a exotic climate, leave the polar fleece jacket and winter boots with your neighbor. They will be useful if you visit and be entirely worthless in place where 65 degrees is viewed as a chilly snap. Pack up your out of season clothing and toys to begin with, and work your way to the necessities. A short time prior to the move itself, prepare a duffel bag with the necessities for the day or two you're in transit.

Moving with PetsTransporting the Transportation

If you're relocating across the country and flying your family, make sure you let the movers know they're going to be transporting vehicles, boats, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it has to go on the truck unless you're driving it. When animals are in the family, often it is smart for a couple of you to drive with the pets. Speak to your veterinarian and check with airlines regarding pet policies as soon as you find out you're moving. Additionally, coordinate with the movers regarding the time allotted for travel, particularly if you're going by airplane. In the event your sofa and television are a full week behind, you'll need a hotel in the interim, and the earlier you come up with those strategies the better, especially with pets involved.

M-Day Minus Fourteen and Counting

The last few days just before you close the door for the final time can be a flurry of activities, you need to mark these tasks off your list. 

  • Confirm current utilities are shifting or shutting down the day after your move. If you're in a freezing local climate on either end, try to ask your realtor to take a look for broken water lines at the new residence in Wichita Falls--that is not a welcome home for anyone.
  • Verify the mail is stopped and forwarded, and that you have done the change of home address documents for bank accounts, medical care, and insurance plan information. It is possible to modify your home address on the web and get a new PO box, but be aware that the Post Office designates you a box and it is typically on the bottom row. It's better to go in once you've moved and choose one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of important documents, keep them in a file folder with you over the interstate move itself. This consists of prescriptions, immunization records for the kids and pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and anything you may want to get hold of quickly.
  • Schedule the cable/internet person for as quickly as possible. Don't fret if their appointment coincides with the movers; they're used to functioning around boxes. It is an occupational hazard for promising to show up whenever inside a five-hour window. 


There are certain things that wisdom dictates should never go on a moving van. For anybody who is nervous about driving with a full gas can for the garden tractor in the vehicle, contemplate loading a moving van with lawn tools, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and taking off cross country to Wichita Falls. So, in the event you have to have a reminder, here are some things that movers will not be permitted to transport. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleansers, paint and paint thinner, finger nail polish (actually) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • spoilable food
  • houseplants--states have rules about adding new kinds in order to avoid new infestations and also fungi. There is no border patrol checking your car or trucks to take your caladiums, but you ought not be the person who introduced the aphids that killed off the area plant life.
  • Cash, expensive jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies are not responsible for valuables similar to this. 

Establish Domicile

This means letting the new state know you'll be coming. You'll need to begin paying taxes in your new state once the ink dries on your new home loan. Let your accountant know you'll be moving--some states do not have state income taxes! Every state has their unique tax rates, regulations, and assorted one of a kind regulations. Check your new state's website for facts on licensing pets, teenage drivers, and various arcane legal aspects you will need to know. Once you've moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and vehicle tags--check to determine what the grace time is for new occupants. For most states it is possible to enroll to vote at the DMV; again, look at 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 Wichita Falls well in hand, focus on the critical stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.