By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Relocating to a new residence is a big deal, but when your new residence is in a new state, there are a number different items to find out together with the typical "Where is the dry cleaners?" question. Whilst your interstate move to Little Rock
could be only a few miles, as a new resident there are lots of items that differ from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet at hand as you are coordinating your life going forward.
If you've purchased a new home no doubt you've been to the location and put in a while online getting to know the new community, evaluated schools, and figured out the nearest cafe. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Little Rock--the planning and particulars which can be so easily lost among the stress of the piles of cartons.
Establish Your Budget
Moving is costly. In case your move is corporate and it's not on your dollar, skip ahead of the class. If you're paying the costs, be aware that all moving companies aren't created equal and do your homework before deciding the way to take care of a move and which moving company to hire. Ask for referrals, but confirm the company you choose is part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number will be on their website and moving trucks). The Better Business Bureau also is a great resource for quality moving companies in Little Rock.
Figure out your budget for the move before you get started. You'll save money by doing your own boxing and driving, and hiring labor to load and unload the moving van. Most movers offer a menu of services so you can select which of them you want. This is a great approach to take if you are comfortable packing a lot of things, but want assistance with such things as electronics and collectibles.
Reputable companies are not going to give you a quote with no knowledge of precisely what you are moving and how far. That being said, schedule an in-home appointment and discuss with the estimator precisely what you're intending on moving. Make sure to get a written quote, read it closely and ask questions in case there are figures or specifics which might be bewildering.
Plan Your Packing
It is like eating an elephant, take it one bite-or box-at the time. Begin purging as soon as you know you're moving to Little Rock. In the event that you've not made use of the item or worn it in six months, donate it, sell it, or throw it away. If your movers are packing up for you, it can be a great deal easier to be ruthless with the purge if you determine that a specific thing is worth compensating another individual to wrap and pack it.
Be mindful of your new life--if you are moving from Minnesota to a exotic climate, leave the polar fleece jacket and snow boots with your neighbor. They'll be useful when you visit and be absolutely pointless in place where 65 degrees is regarded as a chilly snap. Pack your out of season clothes and toys to begin with, and work your way up to the necessities. A short time prior to the move itself, pack up a duffel bag with the necessities for the day or two you'll be in transit.
Transporting the Transportation
For anybody who is moving across the country and flying your family, make sure you let the movers know they will be moving automobiles, watercraft, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it's got to go on the moving truck unless of course you're driving it. When pets are part of the household, sometimes it makes sense for a couple of you to drive with the pets. Talk to your vet and check with airlines about pet policies once you know you will be moving. Also, synchronize with the movers relating to the time allotted for travel, particularly if you are going by airplane. If your furniture and TV are a full week behind, you may need a place to stay in the interim, and the earlier you make those plans the better, especially 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 actions, be sure you check these things off your list.
- Confirm current utilities are shifting or turning off the day after your move. If you are in a cold local climate on either end, ask your real estate agent to be on the lookout for broken pipes at the new residence in Little Rock--that is not much of a welcome home for anyone.
- Ensure the mail is halted and forwarded, and that you've done the change of home address forms for bank accounts, healthcare, and insurance information. You can modify your home address online and get a new PO box, but be aware that the Post Office assigns you a box and it's generally on the bottom row. It's better to go in after you have moved and select one yourself.
- Make hard copies of valuable papers, keep them within a file folder along with you over the interstate move itself. Including prescriptions, immunization records for the kids and pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and everything else you may be required to get your hands on quickly.
- Schedule the cable/internet guy for as soon as feasible. Don't be concerned if their visit coincides along with the movers; they're accustomed to working around boxes. It's an occupational hazard for promising to appear anytime inside a five-hour window.
NEVER PLACE THAT ON THE MOVING TRUCK!!!
There are certain things that wisdom dictates shouldn't go on a moving truck. If you are concerned about driving with a full gas can for the garden tractor in the vehicle, contemplate packing a moving van with lawn equipment, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and heading out cross country to Little Rock. So, if you happen to require a reminder, here are a few items that movers are not allowed to move.
- ANY chemicals--household cleansers, paint and paint thinner, finger nail polish (really) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
- perishable food items
- houseplants--states have restrictions about adding new varieties in an attempt to prevent new infestations and also fungi. There is no border patrol checking your automobile or trucks to take your caladiums, but you don't want to be the individual who shipped in the aphids which killed off the neighborhood plants and flowers.
- Cash, fine jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies will not be liable for valuables like this.
Meaning letting the new state know you're coming. You'll need to begin paying taxes in your new state the moment the ink dries on your new mortgage. Let your accountant know you're moving--some states do not have state income taxes! Every state has their particular tax rates, regulations, and diverse one of a kind laws. Check your new state's internet site for details on licensing pets, teenage drivers, and various arcane legal issues you will need to comprehend. After getting moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and automobile tags--check to find out what the grace period is for new residents. In many states it is possible to register to vote at the DMV; again, look at the state webpage to determine the timeline for signing up to be a good citizen.
And, now that you have this interstate move to Little Rock figured out, think about the important stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.