By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Relocating to a new home is a massive undertaking, but when your new residence is in a new state, there are lots of new points to find out together with the typical "Where is the dry cleaners?" question. Whilst your interstate move to San Antonio
might be just a couple of miles, as a new resident you will discover numerous things that vary from your previous home--so have this cheat sheet at hand as you are arranging your life going forward.
If you have bought a new house you've probably visited the town and spent a while online getting to know the new community, evaluated schools, and figured out the nearest coffee shop. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to San Antonio--the logistics and specifics which are so rapidly lost among the stress of the stacks of cartons.
Establish Your Budget
Moving is not cheap. If your move is corporate and it is not on your own dollar, skip in front of the class. Should you be footing the expenses, don't forget that all moving companies are not created equal and shop around prior to deciding the best way to handle a move and which company to work with. Check around for recommendations, but confirm the company you select is part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number is going to be on their website and trucks). The Better Business Bureau is another great resource for top notch moving companies in San Antonio.
Determine your budget for the move before you get started. It can save you money by doing your own packing and driving, and using labor to load and unload the moving van. Most movers have a list of services so you can pick and choose which ones you prefer. This is an excellent way to go if you are comfortable packing up the main things, but want help with things such as electronics and antiques.
Reputable companies are not going to provide you with a price quote without understanding everything that you are moving and how far. So, schedule an in-home visit and discuss with the estimator precisely what you are planning on moving. Be sure to get a written quote, read it thoroughly and ask questions should there be figures or particulars which might be bewildering.
Prepare Your Packing
It is like eating an elephant, take it a single bite-or box-at the time. Start purging as soon as you find out you might be moving to San Antonio. In case you have not used the item or put it on in six months’ time, donate it, sell it, or dispose of it. In the event your movers are boxing for you, it can be a lot less complicated to be savage with the purge if you determine that an item is worth compensating some other person 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 jacket and snow boots with your buddy. They may come in handy whenever you visit and be completely unnecessary in place where 65 degrees is considered a chilly snap. Pack up your out of season clothes and toys to begin with, and work your way to the essentials. A couple of days prior to the move itself, pack up a duffel bag with the necessities for the day or two you're in transit.
Transporting the Transportation
If you are moving across the country and traveling by air with your family members, ensure you let the movers know they're going to be moving motor vehicles, watercraft, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it has to go on the moving van except if you will be driving it. Whenever animals are members of your family, sometimes it is sensible for a couple of you to drive with the family pets. Confer with your veterinarian and check with airlines regarding pet policies once you realize you are moving. Also, synchronize with the movers on the time allocated for transport, particularly if you are travelling by air. If the furniture and television are a week behind, you might need a hotel in the interim, and the earlier you put together those plans the better, specifically with family pets involved.
M-Day Minus 14 and Counting
The last few days before you close the door for the very last time can be a flurry of activities, ensure you mark these tasks off your list.
- Confirm present utilities are transferring or shutting down the day immediately after your move. If you are in a freezing climate on either end, ask your real estate agent to be on the lookout for burst pipes at the new residence in San Antonio--that is not really a welcome home for anyone.
- Confirm the mail is halted and forwarded, and that you've done the change of address forms for bank accounts, medical care, and insurance information. You are able to change your address on the web 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 best to go in when you have moved and choose one yourself.
- Make hard copies of valuable papers, keep them in a file folder at hand during the interstate move itself. Including prescriptions, immunization documents for the kids and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and everything else you may want to get hold of in a rush.
- Schedule the cable/internet person for as soon as possible. Don't fret if their visit coincides with the movers; they're used to doing work around boxes. It's an occupational hazard for promising to appear whenever inside a five-hour window.
DO NOT LOAD THAT ON THE TRUCK!!!
There are some things that wisdom dictates shouldn't go on a moving truck. If you're concerned about driving with a full gas can for the mower in the vehicle, ponder packing a moving truck with lawn equipment, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and heading out cross country to San Antonio. So, if you happen to need a reminder, here are some items that movers are not permitted to move.
- ANY chemicals--household cleaners, paint and paint thinner, finger nail polish (really) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
- spoilable food items
- houseplants--states have regulations about adding new species in an attempt to prevent new infestations as well as fungi. There is no border patrol reviewing your car or trucks to take your caladiums, but you do not wish to be the one who shipped in the aphids that wiped out any nearby plants.
- Cash, jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies are not responsible for assets similar to this.
What this means is letting the new state know you are coming. You will need to 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 might not have state income taxes! Every state has their own tax rates, regulations, and various distinctive rules. Check your new state's internet site for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, as well as other arcane legal aspects you'll need to understand. After you have moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and car tags--check to see what the grace time frame is for new locals. In many states you are able to enroll to vote at the DMV; again, look at the state website to figure out the timeline for signing up to be a good citizen.
And, now that you have this interstate move to San Antonio under control, concentrate on the critical stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.