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, however when your new house is in a new state, there are lots of new items to understand combined with the normal "Where is the dry cleaners?" query. Whilst your interstate move to Little Rock could be only a few miles, as a new resident there are lots of things that vary from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet at hand when you're arranging your life moving forward.

If you have purchased a new home no doubt you've been to the town and spent a bit of time on the internet 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 stress 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. Check 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 yet another very good resource for top notch moving companies in Little Rock.

Figure out your budget for the move before you get started. You can save money by doing your own boxing and driving, and hiring labor to load and unload the trucks. The majority of movers provide a menu of services and you can pick and choose which ones you prefer. This is a terrific way to go if you are comfortable packing a lot of things, but want help with things such as electronics and antiques.

Trustworthy companies are not going to supply you with a quote without understanding precisely what you're moving and how far. That being said, schedule an in-home visit and tell the estimator everything that you are planning on moving. Make sure to get a written estimate, examine it carefully 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 as soon as you know you're moving to Little Rock. If you have not used the item or worn it in 6 months, donate it, pass it on, or throw it away. In the event your movers are boxing for you, it can be a great deal less difficult to be savage with the purge when you ask yourself if an item is worth paying another person to wrap and pack it.

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

Moving with PetsTransporting the Transportation

Should you be relocating across the country and flying your family members, make sure you let the movers know they will be transporting 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 sensible for a couple of you to drive with the animals. Speak to your vet and check with airlines concerning pet policies as soon as you find out you are moving. In addition, coordinate with the movers regarding the time allocated for travel, particularly if you are travelling by plane. In the event 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 before you shut the door for the very last time is a flurry of activity, be sure you check these items off your list. 

  • Confirm current utilities are transferring or turning off the day following your move. If you're 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 on the internet 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 when you have moved and select one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of important documents, keep them inside a file folder along with you over the interstate move itself. Including prescriptions, immunization documents for the kids and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and whatever you may want to get your hands on in a hurry.
  • 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 sound judgment dictates should never go on a moving van. For anybody who is concerned about driving with a full gas can for the lawn 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 allowed to transport. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleaners, paint and paint thinner, nail polish (honestly) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • perishable food items
  • houseplants--states have restrictions about adding new species in an effort to avoid 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 area plant life.
  • Cash, jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies will not be responsible for valuables like this. 

Establish Domicile

What this means is 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 home loan. Let your accountant know you're moving--some states might not have state income taxes! Each state has their unique tax rates, regulations, and various distinctive rules. Check your new state's website for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, along with other arcane legal issues you will need to know. After getting moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and car tags--check to see what the grace period is for new residents. In most states you are able to enroll to vote at the DMV; again, look at 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, concentrate on the vital stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.