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 a big deal, but when your new house is in a new state, there are lots of different points to find out along with the normal "Where's the dry cleaners?" dilemma. Whilst your interstate move to Wichita Falls may well be just 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 city and expended some time online becoming familiar with the new area, evaluated schools, and determined the nearest bistro. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Wichita Falls--the planning and details that are so easily lost among the stress of the piles of boxes.

Determine Your Spending Plan

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

Determine your budget for the move before starting. You can save money by doing your own packing and driving, and getting labor to load and unload the moving trucks. A lot of movers offer a list of services and you can select which of them you prefer. This is a great approach to take if you are confident boxing a lot of things, but want help with such things as electronics and collectibles.

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

Plan Your Packing

It really is like eating an elephant, take it one bite-or box-at the time. Start off purging whenever you find out you might be moving to Wichita Falls. In case you haven't 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 is a great deal less complicated to be savage with the purge when 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 tropical climate, leave the polar fleece jacket and winter boots with your next door neighbor. They will be useful any time you visit and be entirely worthless in place where 65 degrees is viewed as a chilly snap. Pack up your out of season clothes 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 are 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 hauling automobiles, boats, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it has to go on the truck unless of course you are driving it. When animals are in the household, often it is sensible 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 know you're moving. Also, coordinate with the movers regarding the time allotted for travel, particularly if you are going by airplane. If your sofa and television are a full week behind, you'll need a hotel in the interim, and the earlier you prepare those plans the better, particularly 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 existing utilities are shifting or shutting down the day following your move. If you're in a freezing local climate on either end, try to ask your real estate agent to check for broken water lines at the new residence in Wichita Falls--that is not really a welcome home for anyone.
  • Verify the mail is stopped and forwarded, and that you've done the change of home address documents for bank accounts, medical care, and insurance plan information. It is possible to change 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 when you have moved and choose one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of essential papers, keep them in a file folder along with you over the interstate move itself. This consists of prescriptions, immunization information for the kids and pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and whatever you might need to get your hands on 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 in 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 car, 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 a few things that movers will not be allowed to transport. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleansers, paint and paint thinner, finger nail polish (really) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • spoilable food
  • houseplants--states have rules about adding new varieties in an effort to avoid new infestations and also fungi. There's 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, fine jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies are not responsible for valuable items similar to this. 

Establish Domicile

What this means is letting the new state know you'll be coming. You will need to start paying taxes in your new state as soon as the ink dries on your new home loan. Let your accountant know you'll be moving--some states don't 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 laws you will need to know. After you have moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and car tags--check to see what the grace period is for new residents. For most states you can enroll to vote at the DMV; again, check the state webpage to figure out 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, concentrate on the important stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.