Interstate Moving to Little Rock--Keeping Your Peace of mind Between the Lines

Moving - Planning a Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Relocating to a new home is a massive undertaking, but when your new home is in a new state, there are numerous new items to understand along with the normal "Where is the dry cleaners?" question. Whilst your interstate move to Little Rock 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 at hand when you are arranging your life moving forward.

If you've purchased a new home you've probably visited the town and put in a bit of time online becoming familiar with the new area, evaluated schools, and determined the closest coffee shop. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Little Rock--the logistics and specifics which can be so rapidly lost within the angst of the piles of cartons.

Identify Your Spending Plan

Moving is not cheap. If your move is corporate and it is not on your dime, skip ahead of the class. Should you be footing the bill, bear in mind that all moving companies are not created equal and shop around before you decide the best way to manage a move and which moving company to engage. Ask around for referrals, but verify the company you choose is a member 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 very good resource for top notch moving companies in Little Rock.

Determine your budget for the move before you get started. It can save you money by doing your own boxing and driving, and getting labor to load and unload the moving trucks. Most movers offer a menu of services and you can pick and choose which ones you prefer. This is a terrific way to go if you're comfortable boxing a lot of things, but would like help with things such as electronics and antiques.

Reputable companies are not going to supply you with a price without understanding precisely what you are moving and how far. That being said, schedule an in-home appointment and tell the estimator exactly what you are planning on moving. Make sure to get a written estimate, examine it closely and ask questions should there be numbers or details which might be confusing.

Arrange Your Packing

It really is like eating an elephant, take it a single bite-or box-at the time. Start off purging once you know you're moving to Little Rock. In the event that you have not used the item or worn it in 6 months, donate it, pass it on, or throw it away. If your movers are packing for you, it can be a great deal less difficult to be savage with the purge when you consider if something is worth paying some other person to wrap and pack it.

Be mindful of your new life--if you're moving from Minnesota to a tropical climate, leave the polar fleece jacket and snow boots with your neighbor. They will be convenient any time you visit and be entirely useless in place where 65 degrees is viewed as a cold snap. Pack your out of season clothes and toys first, and work your way up to the necessities. A few days before the move itself, pack a duffel bag with the necessities for the day or two you're in transit.

Moving with PetsTransporting the Transportation

If you are relocating across the country and flying your family members, make sure you let the movers know they will be hauling motor vehicles, watercraft, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it's got to go on the truck except if you are driving it. When animals are in your family, sometimes it is smart for a couple of you to drive with the animals. Speak to your vet and check with airlines concerning pet policies once you find out you're moving. In addition, coordinate with the movers regarding the time allocated for travel, particularly if you are travelling by plane. If your sofa and TV are a week behind, you'll need a place to stay in the interim, and the sooner you put together those solutions the better, especially with animals involved.

M-Day Minus Fourteen and Counting

The previous couple of days just before you shut the door for the very last time is a flurry of actions, ensure you check these items off your list. 

  • Confirm current utilities are transferring or turning off the day after your move. If you are in a cold local climate on either end, try to ask your real estate professional to be on the lookout for burst pipes at the new home in Little Rock--that's not really a welcome home for anyone.
  • Ensure the mail is halted and forwarded, and that you have done the change of address documents for bank accounts, healthcare, and insurance information. It is possible to update your home address online and get a new PO box, but don't forget that the Post Office assigns you a box and it's usually on the bottom row. It is best to go in once you've moved and select one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of important documents, keep them in a file folder with you over the interstate move itself. This includes prescriptions, immunization documents for the kids and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and whatever you might need to get your hands on in a rush.
  • Schedule the cable/internet person for as quickly as feasible. Don't fret if their appointment coincides together with the movers; they're familiar with working around boxes. It's an occupational hazard for promising to appear at any time in a five-hour window. 


There are certain things that common sense dictates should never go on a moving van. For anybody who is concerned about driving with a full gas can for the mower in the vehicle, think about packing a moving van with lawn tools, fertilizer, and bleach and heading out cross country to Little Rock. So, if you happen to have to have a reminder, below are a few items which movers will not be permitted to transport. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleaners, paint and paint thinner, nail polish (honestly) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • perishable food
  • houseplants--states have restrictions about adding new species in order to steer clear of new unwanted pests as well as fungi. There isn't any border patrol verifying 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 the neighborhood plant life.
  • Cash, jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies will not be responsible for valuable items like this. 

Establish Domicile

This means letting the new state know you'll be coming. You will need to commence paying taxes in your new state once the ink dries on your new mortgage. Let your accountant know you're moving--some states might not have state income taxes! Every state has their unique tax rates, regulations, and various distinctive rules. Check your new state's website for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, and various arcane legal issues you'll need to understand. After getting moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and car tags--check to see what the grace time is for new occupants. In most states you are able to enroll to vote at the DMV; again, check the state webpage to ascertain the timeline for signing up to be a good citizen.

And, now that you have this interstate move to Little Rock figured out, focus on the vital stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.