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 hectic even under perfect circumstances. Getting ready to move to a new state during 2021, multiplied by COVID-19 and pandemic-related concerns, is a completely separate thing. Even with the help of a moving company in Wichita Falls, not only will the move itself span a number of days and call for exact logistics, but it will additionally require you to take added safeguards to keep yourself, your family, 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 Wichita Falls less painful than it may be otherwise.

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

Though the process might never be entirely simple, these three steps may help reduce your anxiety.

Tip 1: If possible, complete your paperwork in advance.

Moving always means updating your permanent address. Critical documents, websites, and service providers will all need to be notified. Managing these tasks in advance will permit you to check this chore off your list and focus more entirely on your new house when you arrive.

When you relocate from state-to-state, however, you have the additional task of getting a new driver's license in addition. Similar to the change of address policies, the majority of states have a required amount of time by which you must exchange your old license for a new one, so be certain that you confirm with your new state's DMV website to fully grasp the time frame in which getting a new license will be a requirement.

Many states mandate an in-person visit to the DMV, others let you to take care of the complete process online. Accomplishing this chore before yourmove may ease the transition and free up valuable settling-in time in your new state of residence—especially during a pandemic, when concerns of virus transmission complicate even the simplest matters.

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

In one sense, an interstate move is similar to a road trip and a move all grouped into one. Not only are you packing up all your earthly possessions for transport, but you're in addition arranging to spend at likely a day or two road-tripping to reach your new place.

Before you reach the very last chores of packing up, always make sure to take time out to pack suitcases for yourself (and, if applicable, for your family members) which will include everything you will require for the next few days in route:

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

And don't forget about your furry friends! Be certain they have a few days' worth of supplies available as well.

Tip 3: Select an experienced interstate moving company in Wichita Falls.

All moving companies have specialties. While many are great for local relocations, others have created systems and structures to support interstate and cross-country moves. If vetting potential moving companies in Wichita Falls, always make sure to ask careful questions about their abilities and areas of expertise. Make sure to check out consumer reviews, call friends and contacts and take their advice into consideration.

While it can be tempting just to choose the most affordable quote you get after a fast Google search, we've all been around long enough to recognize that the cheapest estimate isn't always the greatest choice in the end. If you're facing the stress of an interstate move, especially over the ongoing pandemic, you'll appreciate knowing you're in great hands the whole time.

We Can Help

At A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Wichita Falls, we specialize in residential, commercial, and corporate moving solutions. We manage the heavy lifting, so you do not have to. With no-contact services now available, we're here to help you move safely and effectively, no matter where or when.


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