Interstate Moving to San Antonio--Keeping Your Sanity Within the Lines

Moving - Planning a Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Moving to a new residence is huge, however when your new home is in a new state, there are a number different items to learn along with the typical "Where is the dry cleaners?" question. Although your interstate move to San Antonio might be just a few miles, as a new resident there are lots of things that will be different from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet on hand when you're arranging your life moving forward.

For those who have bought a new house no doubt you've traveled to the location and expended a while on the internet getting to know the new neighborhood, checked out schools, and determined the nearest coffee shop. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to San Antonio--the statigic planning and specifics that are so easily lost within the angst of the piles of cartons.

Identify Your Spending Plan

Moving is expensive. In the event your move is corporate and it is not on your own dollar, skip in front of the class. Should you be paying the expenses, be aware that all moving companies are not created equal and shop around prior to deciding the best way to take care of a move and which mover to work with. Ask around for recommendations, but confirm the company you choose is part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number is going to be on their website and moving trucks). The Better Business Bureau is another great source of outstanding moving companies in San Antonio.

Determine your budget for the move before starting. It can save you money by doing your own packing and driving, and hiring labor to load and unload the moving trucks. Most movers provide a variety of services and you can pick and choose those that you prefer. This is an excellent strategy to use for anybody who is comfortable boxing the main things, but would like help with things like electronics and collectibles.

Reputable companies will not provide you with a price quote without understanding everything that you will be moving and how far. Therefore, schedule an in-home appointment and discuss with the estimator precisely what you're planning on moving. Be sure to obtain a written quote, examine it thoroughly and ask questions should there be figures or details which are confusing.

Plan Your Packing

It is like eating an elephant, take it a single bite-or box-at the time. Start off purging whenever you find out you are moving to San Antonio. In the event that you have not made use of the item or put it on in six months, donate it, pass it on, or throw it away. If the movers are packing for you, it is a lot easier to be ruthless with the purge whenever you determine that a specific thing is worth having to pay someone else 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 and winter boots with your buddy. They may be convenient any time you visit and be entirely pointless in place where 65 degrees is regarded as a cold snap. Pack your out of season clothes and toys to begin with, and work your way up to the essentials. A short time ahead of the move itself, pack a duffel bag with the essentials for the day or two you'll be in transit.

Moving with PetsTransporting the Transportation

Should you be relocating across the country and traveling by air with your family, make sure you let the movers know they're going to be hauling automobiles, boats, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it's got to go on the moving van unless of course you are driving it. Whenever animals are part of the family, often it is smart for a couple of you to drive with the pets. Speak to your veterinarian and check with airlines concerning pet policies as soon as you realize you're moving. In addition, synchronize with the movers regarding the time allotted for travel, especially if you are going by plane. In the event your furniture and TV are a week behind, you might need a hotel in the interim, and the sooner you come up with those plans the better, especially with family pets involved.

M-Day Minus Fourteen and Counting

The last few days just before you close the door for the very last time is often a flurry of activity, be sure you mark these tasks off your list. 

  • Confirm existing utilities are shifting or shutting down the day immediately after your move. If you are in a cold climate on either end, request your real estate agent to be on the lookout for broken water lines at the new home in San Antonio--that's not really a welcome home for anybody.
  • Ensure the mail is halted and forwarded, and that you have completed the change of address documents for bank accounts, health care, and insurance plan information. You are able to update your address on the web and get a new PO box, but remember that the Post Office assigns you a box and it's typically on the bottom row. It is best to go in after you have moved and decide on one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of essential papers, put them within a file folder at hand over the interstate move itself. Including prescriptions, immunization records for the children and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and whatever you might need to get hold of in a hurry.
  • Schedule the cable/internet person for as quickly as possible. Don't worry if their appointment coincides along with the movers; they are used to operating around boxes. It is an occupational hazard for promising to show up anytime in a five-hour window. 


There are some things that sound judgment dictates should not go on a moving truck. If you're nervous about driving with a full gas can for the lawn mower inside the car, contemplate packing a moving truck with lawn tools, fertilizer, and bleach and starting off cross country to San Antonio. So, in the event you require a reminder, here are a few items that movers are not permitted to move. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleaning products, paint and paint thinner, nail polish (really) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • perishable food items
  • houseplants--states have regulations about introducing new species in an attempt to steer clear of new pests and also fungi. There's no border patrol checking your car or trucks to take your caladiums, but you don't want to be the individual who brought in the aphids which killed off any nearby plants and flowers.
  • Cash, fine jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies won't be responsible for valuables similar to this. 

Establish Domicile

Meaning letting the new state know you're coming. You should commence paying taxes in your new state the moment the ink dries on your new mortgage. Let your accountant know you are moving--some states don't have state income taxes! Each individual state has their particular tax rates, regulations, and assorted distinctive rules. Check your new state's website for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, and other arcane legal aspects you will need to understand. After you have moved you will need new drivers’ licenses and automobile tags--check to see what the grace period is for new residents. In many states you are able to enroll to vote at the DMV; again, look at the state website to determine the deadline for signing up to be a good citizen.

And, now that you have this interstate move to San Antonio well in hand, focus on the important stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.