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 house is a massive undertaking, however if your new home is in a new state, there are lots of different items to understand combined with the normal "Where's the dry cleaners?" question. Whilst your interstate move to Dallas might be just a couple of miles, as a new resident you will discover numerous things that will be different from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet at hand when you're arranging your life going forward.

If you've purchased a new house no doubt you've been to the city and spent a while on the web understanding the new community, evaluated schools, and identified the closest cafe. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Dallas--the planning and specifics which are so rapidly lost within the angst of the stacks of cartons.

Determine Your Budget

Moving is costly. In case your move is corporate and it is not on your dime, skip in front of the class. If you're footing the costs, bear in mind that all moving companies are not created equal and shop around before deciding how to take care of a move and which company to engage. Check around for recommendations, but confirm the company you decide on is part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number will be on their website and moving trucks). The Better Business Bureau is another very good resource for outstanding moving companies in Dallas.

Figure out your budget for the move before beginning. You'll save money by doing your own packing up and driving, and getting labor to load and unload the moving van. A lot of movers have a variety of services and you may select those that you prefer. This is an excellent strategy to use if you're comfortable boxing some things, but would like assistance with things such as electronics and collectibles.

Professional companies are not going to give you a quote without knowing precisely what you will be moving and how far. Therefore, schedule an in-home survey and tell the estimator precisely what you're planning on moving. Make sure to get a written quote, look it over closely and ask questions in case there are numbers or specifics that are confusing.

Plan Your Packing

It is like eating an elephant, take it a single bite-or box-at the time. Start purging once you know you're moving to Dallas. If you haven't used it or put it on in half a year, donate it, sell it, or throw it away. If your movers are packing up for you, it can be a lot easier to be ruthless with the purge when you determine that something is worth compensating someone else to wrap and pack it.

Be mindful of your new life--if you will be moving from Minnesota to a exotic climate, leave the polar fleece coat and snow boots with your neighbor. They may come in handy when you visit and be utterly useless in place where 65 degrees is viewed as a chilly snap. Prepare your out of season clothing and toys to begin with, and work your way to the essentials. 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

For anybody who is moving across the country and traveling by air with your family, ensure you let the movers know they'll be transporting motor vehicles, watercraft, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it has to go on the moving truck except if you're driving it. Whenever pets are part of the family, sometimes it is smart for a couple of you to drive with the family pets. Talk to your vet and check with airlines about pet policies when you first know you're moving. In addition, synchronize with the movers regarding the time allocated for transport, especially if you are travelling by plane. If your couch and TV are a full week behind, you may need a place to stay in the interim, and the earlier you make those strategies the better, particularly with family pets involved.

M-Day Minus Fourteen and Counting

The previous couple of days before you actually close the door for the final time can be a flurry of actions, make sure you check these things off your list. 

  • Confirm current utilities are shifting or turning off the day immediately after your move. If you are in a freezing local climate on either end, try to ask your realtor to be on the lookout for burst pipes at the new residence in Dallas--that's not much of a welcome home for anyone.
  • Verify the mail is stopped and forwarded, and that you have done the change of home address paperwork for bank accounts, health care, and insurance information. It is possible to change your home address online and get a new PO box, but don't forget that the Post Office assigns you a box and it is commonly on the bottom row. It's better to go in after you have moved and select one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of important papers, hold them in a file folder along with you over the interstate move itself. This consists of prescriptions, immunization records for the kids and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and whatever you may be required to get your hands on in a hurry.
  • Schedule the cable/internet guy for as quickly as feasible. Don't fret if their visit coincides together with the movers; they're accustomed to working around boxes. It is an occupational hazard for promising to show up anytime inside a five-hour window. 


There are certain things that wisdom dictates should never go on a moving truck. For anybody who is concerned about driving with a full gas can for the lawn mower in the car, contemplate packing a moving van with lawn tools, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and heading out cross country to Dallas. So, if you happen to need a reminder, here are some items that movers are not allowed to move. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleaning products, paint and paint thinner, nail polish (actually) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • spoilable foodstuffs
  • houseplants--states have rules about adding new species in order to steer clear of new pests and fungi. There is no border patrol verifying your car or trucks to take your caladiums, but you do not wish to be the one who shipped in the aphids that killed off the neighborhood plant life.
  • Cash, precious jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies won't be answerable for assets similar to this. 

Establish Domicile

Meaning letting the new state know you're coming. You will need to start paying taxes in your new state as soon as the ink dries on your new mortgage. Let your accountant know you're moving--some states might not have state income taxes! Each state has their particular tax rates, regulations, and assorted one of a kind regulations. Check your new state's internet site for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, along with other arcane laws you'll need to understand. After getting moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and vehicle tags--check to see what the grace time frame is for new locals. In most states you can register to vote at the DMV; again, read the state webpage to ascertain the timeline for signing up to be a good citizen.

And, now that you have this interstate move to Dallas under control, focus on the vital stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.