Moving to a New State in 2021: 3 Tips to Smooth the Process

Moving to a new houseBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving is stressful even under ideal conditions. Preparing to move to a new state during 2021, multiplied by COVID-19 and pandemic-related issues, is a completely new level. Even with the aid of a moving company in San Antonio, not only will the move itself take several days and call for precise logistics, but it will additionally require you to take additional precautions to keep yourself, your loved ones, and anyone helping in the move safe.
 

Honestly, it may be a lot to process. Luckily, there are several actions you can take in advance to make your move to San Antonio less painful than it might be otherwise.

3 Suggestions to Ease the Process of a State-to-State Move

Though the process might never be completely stress-free, these three steps can help reduce your anxiety.

Tip 1: If possible, handle your paperwork beforehand.

Moving always necessitates updating your permanent address. Critical documents, websites, and service providers will all need to be updated. Taking care of these steps ahead of time will allow you to check this item off your agenda and focus more entirely on your new residence when you arrive.

When you move from state-to-state, however, you have the extra chore of getting a new driver's license too. As with the change of address rules, many states have a set amount of time by which you must exchange your old license for a new one, so be sure that you confirm with your new state's DMV website to understand the time frame in which getting a new license will be a requirement.

Many states require an in-person visit to the DMV, others allow you to accomplish the complete process online. Managing this task before yourmove may lessen the transition and free up important settling-in time in your new state of residence—especially during a pandemic, when threats of virus transmission complicate even the most basic matters.

Tip 2: Pack with both short-term and long-term trips in mind.

In one way, an interstate move is similar to a road trip and a move all together into one. Not only are you packing up all your worldly things for the move, but you're in addition arranging to spend at least a day or two road-tripping to get to your new place.

Before you reach the final chores of packing up, always make sure to take a moment to pack suitcases for yourself (and, if applicable, for your family members) which will have everything you will require for the next few days on the road:

  • Face masks and hand sanitizer
  • Changes of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • ID's and documentation
  • Cash

Additionally do not forget about your furry friends! Be sure they have several days' worth of supplies packed up in addition.

Tip 3: Choose an experienced interstate moving company in San Antonio.

All moving companies have specialties. While many are great for local relocations, others have put together systems and structures to support interstate and cross-country moves. When interviewing possible moving companies in San Antonio, always make sure to ask careful questions regarding their skills and areas of expertise. Be sure to read consumer reviews, question friends and contacts and take their advice into consideration.

While it is tempting just to select the cheapest offer you find after a quick Google search, we've all been around long enough to know that the most affordable offer isn't always the best selection after all. If you are faced with the stress of an interstate move, particularly during an ongoing pandemic, you'll appreciate knowing you're in good hands the whole time.

We Can Help

At A-1 Freeman Moving Group in San Antonio, we offer residential, commercial, and corporate moving solutions. We do the heavy lifting, so you don't have to. With no-contact services now available, we're here to help you move safely and effectively, no matter where or when.

 

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