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September 21, 2018

Interstate Moving to Dallas--Keeping Your Sanity Within the Lines

Moving - Planning a Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Moving to a new residence is huge, but when your new home is in a new state, there are a number different items to learn along with the usual "Where is the dry cleaners?" query. Even though your interstate move to Dallas might be only a few miles, as a new resident there are plenty of things that vary from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet on hand when you're arranging your life moving forward.

For those who have bought a new house no doubt you've traveled to the location and expended a while on the internet understanding the new neighborhood, checked out schools, and determined the nearest coffee shop. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Dallas--the logistics and specifics that are so easily lost within the angst of the piles of cartons.

Identify Your Spending Plan

Moving is expensive. In the event your move is corporate and it is not on your own dollar, skip in front of the class. Should you be paying the bill, be aware that all moving companies are not created equal and shop around before you decide the best way to take care of a move and which mover to work with. Ask around for recommendations, but confirm the company you choose is part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number is going to be on their website and moving trucks). The Better Business Bureau is yet another great source of quality moving companies in Dallas.

Determine your budget for the move before starting. You can save money by doing your own packing and driving, and hiring labor to load and unload the trucks. The majority of movers provide a variety of services and you may select those that you prefer. This is an excellent strategy to use for anybody who is comfortable packing the main things, but would like help with such things as electronics and antiques.

Reputable companies won't provide you with a price quote without understanding everything that you will be moving and how far. Therefore, schedule an in-home visit and discuss with the estimator precisely what you're planning on moving. Be sure to obtain a written quote, examine it thoroughly and ask questions if there are numbers or details that are confusing.

Prepare Your Packing

It's like eating an elephant, take it a single bite-or box-at the time. Start off purging whenever you recognize you're moving to Dallas. If you haven't made use of the item or put it on in six months, donate it, pass it on, or throw it away. If the movers are packing for you, it's a lot less difficult to be ruthless with the purge whenever you determine that a specific thing is worth having to pay someone else to wrap and pack it.

Be mindful of your new life--if you will be moving from Minnesota to a tropical climate, leave the polar fleece and winter boots with your buddy. They may be convenient any time you visit and be entirely pointless in place where 65 degrees is considered a cold snap. Pack your out of season clothing and toys to begin with, and work your way up to the essentials. A short time ahead of the move itself, pack a duffel bag with the essentials for the day or two you'll be in transit.

Moving with PetsMoving the Transportation

Should you be relocating across the country and traveling by air with 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's got to go on the moving van unless of course you are driving it. When animals are part of the family, often it is sensible for a couple of you to drive with the animals. Speak to your veterinarian and check with airlines concerning pet policies as soon as you realize you are moving. In addition, synchronize with the movers regarding the time allotted for travel, especially if you are going by plane. If your furniture and TV are a week behind, you might need a hotel in the interim, and the sooner you come up with those strategies the better, especially with animals involved.

M-Day Minus Fourteen and Counting

The last few days before you close the door for the very last time is often a flurry of actions, be sure you mark these tasks off your list. 

  • Confirm current utilities are shifting or shutting down the day immediately after your move. If you're in a cold climate on either end, request your realtor to be on the lookout for broken water lines at the new house in Dallas--that's not really a welcome home for anybody.
  • Ensure the mail is halted and forwarded, and that you have completed the change of address paperwork for bank accounts, healthcare, and insurance plan information. You can update your address on the web and get a new PO box, but bear in mind that the Post Office assigns you a box and it's typically on the bottom row. It is best to go in after you have moved and select one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of essential papers, put them within a file folder at hand over the interstate move itself. Including prescriptions, immunization information for the children and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and whatever you might need to get hold of in a rush.
  • Schedule the cable/internet person for as quickly as possible. Don't worry if their appointment coincides along with the movers; they are used to doing work around boxes. It is an occupational hazard for promising to show up at any time inside a five-hour window. 


There are some things that common sense dictates should not go on a moving truck. If you are nervous about driving with a full gas can for the lawn mower inside the car, think about packing a moving truck with lawn tools, fertilizer, and bleach and starting off cross country to Dallas. So, in case you require a reminder, here are some items that movers aren't permitted to move. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleaning products, paint and paint thinner, nail polish (really) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • perishable food items
  • houseplants--states have regulations about introducing new species in an attempt to steer clear of new pests and also fungi. There's no border patrol checking your car or trucks to take your caladiums, but you don't want to be the person who introduced the aphids which killed off any nearby vegetation.
  • Cash, expensive jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies will not be liable for valuables similar to this. 

Establish Domicile

Meaning letting the new state know you're coming. You should commence paying taxes in your new state the moment the ink dries on your new home loan. Let your accountant know you're moving--some states do not have state income taxes! Each individual state has their particular tax rates, regulations, and various unique rules. Check your new state's website for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, and other arcane laws you will need to know. After you have moved you will need new drivers’ licenses and automobile tags--check to determine what the grace time is for new occupants. In most states you are able to enroll to vote at the DMV; again, check the state website to determine the deadline for signing up to be a good citizen.

And, now that you have this interstate move to Dallas well in hand, focus on the important stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
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