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 numerous different items to understand along with the normal "Where's the dry cleaners?" query. Whilst your interstate move to Dallas might be just a couple of miles, as a new resident you will discover numerous things that vary from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet at hand when you're organizing your life going forward.

If you have purchased a new house no doubt you've been to the town and spent some time on the web understanding the new community, checked out schools, and identified the closest cafe. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Dallas--the planning and specifics that are so rapidly lost within the stress of the stacks of cartons.

Establish Your Budget

Moving is expensive. If 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 mover to hire. Ask 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 yet another great resource for quality 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 can pick and choose those that you prefer. This is a great strategy to use if you're comfortable packing a lot of things, but want assistance with things such as electronics and antiques.

Professional companies are not going to provide you with a quote with no knowledge of exactly what you will be moving and how far. So, schedule an in-home survey and tell the estimator precisely what you are planning on moving. Be sure to get a written quote, look it over closely and ask questions in case there are figures or specifics that are confusing.

Prepare Your Packing

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

Consider your new life--if you will be moving from Minnesota to a exotic climate, leave the polar fleece and snow boots with your next door neighbor. They may be useful 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're in transit.

Moving with PetsTransporting the Transportation

For anybody who is moving across the country and traveling by air with your family, make sure you let the movers know they will be hauling motor vehicles, watercraft, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it has to go on the truck except if you're driving it. Whenever pets are members of the family, it sometimes is sensible for a couple of you to drive with the family pets. Confer with your vet and check with airlines about pet policies when you first know you are moving. In addition, synchronize with the movers regarding the time allocated for transportation, especially if you are travelling by plane. In the event your sofa and TV are a full week behind, you'll 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 last time can be a flurry of activity, make sure you check these things off your list. 

  • Confirm existing 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 real estate agent to be on the lookout for burst plumbing 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 documents for bank accounts, healthcare, and insurance plan information. It is possible to modify your home address on the internet 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 decide on one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of essential papers, hold them inside a file folder with you over the interstate move itself. This consists of prescriptions, immunization information for the kids and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and anything 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 in a five-hour window. 

DO NOT LOAD THAT ON THE TRUCK!!!

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 mower in the car, contemplate packing a moving van with lawn tools, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and taking off cross country to Dallas. So, if you happen to require a reminder, here are a few things that movers are not allowed to move. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleaning products, paint and paint thinner, nail polish (really) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • spoilable foodstuffs
  • houseplants--states have rules about adding new species in order to avoid 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 begin paying taxes in your new state once the ink dries on your new mortgage. Let your accountant know you're moving--some states might not have state income taxes! Every state has their own tax rates, regulations, and assorted one of a kind laws. Check your new state's internet site for details on licensing pets, teenage drivers, along with other arcane laws you will need to know. After getting moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and car tags--check to determine what the grace time frame is for new locals. In many states it is possible to 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 well in hand, concentrate on the vital stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.