San Antonio Moving Blog - Tips, Tricks, and Insider Info
September 11, 2018

10 Handy Recommendations for Moving to a New State

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Moving BoxesThere's a substantial difference in between moving locally and relocating to a new state. You and your belongings aren't just making a brief jaunt from one home to another, you're making a complex trek that can take a few days and needs a great deal of logistics. During this time, it can be all too easy to let something important slip through the cracks or mismanage your personal objectives of the move to San Antonio. We've seen a lot of interstate moves and would like to offer a couple words of professional advice concerning how to ensure that you, your things, as well as your life arrive undamaged without unneeded hassle to your new residence.

1) Research Your New Residence In advance

Above all, recognize where you are moving. Researching your new house is more than just performing a tour of the property before purchasing or signing a rental contract. We suggest you intermix online investigation with a mini-vacation spent driving around your new neighborhood and city, learning the lay of the land in San Antonio and the community companies you might want to contact. Moms and dads will likely be interested in the caliber of the school districts, and pet owners will need to explore necessary pet licenses, if any. You will also want dimensions of your new residence's doorways to ensure your furnishings will fit through.

2) Pick the best Interstate Moving Service

Every interstate, state-to-state, and cross-country moving service is distinct. While many professional moving services can provide you with the essentials you will need to get items from one location to another, don't merely select the first one that shows up within your local Google search. Look into pricing, services, and timing to identify a moving company who is able to provide the moving experience to San Antonio you want most within your moving budget. Remember to assess their online reputation with other individuals who have relocated using the provider to be sure you're getting a highly rated mover recognized for their customer satisfaction.

3) Make a Strategic Packing Strategy

Packing for an interstate move may well entail similar standard tasks, but it seems completely different than a local residential move. Because there's no multiple jaunts or returning for overlooked things, and because you will want everything squared away promptly inside the new house, create a extensive strategic packing plan. Pare down your things by giving items away, donating items to charity, eBay sales or perhaps a yard sale if you have far more items than you want to take and also, commence packing early. Mark each box clearly, and let your movers know in the event that you would like your rooms loaded in any certain order for easy quick unpacking.

4) Organize Your Own Travel and Accommodations

Even though your long distance moving service to San Antonio will take care of moving all of the inanimate things, you, together with any pets and houseplants, will likely need to proceed in your vehicle. In all probability, you'll find yourself going on a long road trip. Ensure that you schedule your cross-country road trip rigorously incorporating regular rest breaks, where you want to eat, and where you are going to stay. Book your accommodations far ahead of time and take into consideration any additional people, pets, or plants which will be going with you.

5) Transfer Your Driver's License

Although you will not likely get into trouble instantly for possessing a driver's license linked to your old home address, it's best if you get a new driver's license furnished by your new state of residence and exhibiting your new place of residence. The good news is, it's increasingly easy to transfer a presently valid license to a new state. Some states can accommodate this request fully online, which can be super handy.

6) Utilities and Mail Forwarding

An interstate move means that mail delivered to the improper home address will be remarkably difficult and perhaps also costly to get forwarded to you. Make sure to officially switch your street address with the postal service and arrange for temporary mail forwarding so your letters and packages catch up with you properly.

Along the same lines, make sure you do the total switch of utilities. Make sure to have the utilities from your previous residence shut off or shifted to a landlord or new owner. At the new house, make sure that the utilities are on and in your name prior to when you arrive. Preferably, it is usually beneficial to have another person like your realtor pop in and ensure the fridge is operating. This will allow you to get and stow groceries immediately after arrival.

7) Pack a Moving Bag for Yourself

Don't forget, you could reach your end point prior to the moving truck along with your belongings. This means you will need to live out of luggage for a little while, so your travel luggage really should be adequately packed. Ensure that you have a variety of changes of attire, toiletries, medicines, all your vital financial information, and battery chargers for your personal devices packed. Ideally, put all of the items to one side before you pack the rest of your personal belongings into boxes to ensure that nothing significant is forgotten.

Your moving bag really should be part overnight-bag and part emergency bag, and it will surely enable you to prepare to stay in-transit for as long as your excursion and truck arrival takes. Each person moving with you and each pet will typically have their own moving bag to make sure that everybody is properly prepared for a lengthy journey and a couple of days in a mostly unfilled house.

Moving - Packing8) Pack Your Vehicle for a Road Trip

While you start preparing to depart, one of the final steps is to prepare your vehicle for the lengthy trip ahead. Write down a list of the things you will need along the route including a navigation tool and charging infrastructure to ensure you do not get lost along with a full check-up of your car to avoid unwanted maintenance incidents. You'll need to make certain that you and anybody moving along with you are able to make it comfortably in the car even if there are long stretches with no restaurants or places to stay. Pack a good amount of water bottles and road snack foods and think about including a few sleeping bags to make sure you can sleep in the new house before your beds arrive.

9) Look at Your Budget

No matter how watchful you have been up to this point, it is all too easy to go over budget over the move itself. Your road trip schedule should include pre-booked hotel accommodations along with a basic understanding of where you will likely be stopping to eat and take restroom breaks along the way. Be aware of your financial allowance and keep track of the amount you spend while travelling. In the event that cash is tight, think about packing sandwiches in a cooler and getting your meals from grocery stores or little small-town watering holes. If you are making your moving road trip into a vacation with doing sightseeing along the way, make sure not to spend more than you meant to.

10) Keep in touch with Your Movers

Finally, during an interstate move to San Antonio, make sure to keep in touch with your movers. While most cross-country moves are uneventful and smooth-sailing, sometimes things go awry and logistics will have to be taken care of. Maybe your moving truck gets a flat, or possibly you are the one with the flat. You want to maintain frequent contact with your movers to synchronize the arrival of your items and they could even be able to help you out of a road-trip problem should an unexpected disaster occur. Be positive that you trade contact numbers with your driver and discuss delivery plans prior to leaving the origin area.

Moving among states is a huge undertaking and one you should accept with all seriousness. When your things are in the hands of professional movers with your own travel is diligently prepared, your move can feel a lot more like an enjoyable road-trip holiday than a massive logistical aggravation. Let us assist you to have a smooth and stress-free interstate move to San Antonio.

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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