By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Moving is stressful even under perfect conditions. Preparing to move to a new state during 2021, multiplied by COVID-19 and pandemic-related issues, is a completely different level. Even with the assistance of a moving company in Dallas
, not only will the move itself consume several days and require complicated logistics, but it will additionally require you to take added safeguards to keep yourself, your loved ones, and anyone helping in the move safe.
Honestly, it may be a lot to figure out. Luckily, there are several actions you can take in advance to make your move to Dallas less painful than it might be otherwise.
3 Tips to Ease the Process of a State-to-State Move
Though the task might never be completely stress-free, these three steps can help reduce your anxiety.
Tip 1: If possible, handle your paperwork in advance.
Moving always necessitates updating your permanent address. Vital documents, websites, and service providers will all need to be notified. Taking care of these steps beforehand will allow you to check this item off your schedule and focus more entirely on your new house when you get there.
When you move from state-to-state, however, you have the extra chore of getting a new driver's license too. As with the change of address rules, many states have a set amount of time by which you must exchange your old license for a new one, so make sure that you confirm with your new state's DMV website to understand the amount of time in which getting a new license will be a requirement.
Many states mandate an in-person visit to the DMV, others allow you to accomplish the whole process online. Taking care of this task before yourmove can ease the transition and free up important settling-in time in your new state of residence—especially during a pandemic, when threats of virus transmission complicate even the most basic tasks.
Tip 2: Pack with both short-term and long-term trips in mind.
In one way, an interstate move is similar to a road trip and a move all grouped into one. Not only are you packing up all your worldly things for transport, but you're in addition arranging to spend at least a day or two road-tripping to get to your new place.
Before you arrive at the final chores of packing up, always make sure to take a moment to pack suitcases for yourself (and, if applicable, for your family members) which will have everything you will want for the next couple of days on the road:
- Face masks and hand sanitizer
- Changes of clothes
- ID's and documentation
Also do not forget about your furry friends! Be sure they have several days' worth of supplies ready to go also.
All moving companies have specialties. While many are great for local relocations, others have put together systems and structures to support interstate and cross-country moves. When interviewing potential moving companies in Dallas, always make sure to ask thoughtful questions regarding their skills and areas of expertise. Be sure to read consumer reviews, question friends and contacts and take their advice into consideration.
While it is tempting just to select the cheapest offer you find after a quick Google search, we've all been around long enough to know that the most affordable offer isn't always the wisest selection after all. If you are faced with the anxiety of an interstate move, particularly during an ongoing pandemic, you'll appreciate knowing you are in good hands every step of the way.
We Can Help
At A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Dallas, we offer residential, commercial, and corporate moving solutions. We do the heavy lifting, so you don't 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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