Atlanta Moving Blog - Tips, Tricks, and Insider Info
September 11, 2018

Ten Useful Tips for Moving to a New State

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Moving BoxesYou will find a tremendous distinction between moving locally and moving to a new state. You and your possessions aren't only making a brief jaunt from one home to another, you will be making a complicated journey that can take a couple of days and requires plenty of planning. During this time period, it is really all too easy to allow something essential fall through the cracks or mismanage your own expectations of the move to Atlanta. We've seen plenty of interstate moves and would like to provide a few words of professional advice regarding how to make sure that you, your things, as well as your life arrive in one piece without unwarranted inconvenience to your new house.

1) Research Your New Residence Upfront

Above all, know where you are moving. Exploring your new house is more than simply performing a tour of the property before buying or signing a rental contract. We suggest you combine internet investigation with a mini-vacation spent driving around your new community and city, becoming acquainted with the lay of the land in Atlanta and the hometown products and services you may want to call on. Moms and dads will probably be interested in the caliber of the school districts, and pet owners will need to explore required pet licenses, if applicable. You will also need sizes of your new residence's doors to make sure your furnishings will fit through.

2) Pick the best Interstate Moving Service

Each and every interstate, state-to-state, and cross-country moving service is different. While many professional moving services can provide you with the fundamentals you need to get items from a place to another, do not merely pick the first one that shows up within your local internet search. Look into costs, services, and timing to identify a moving company who can supply the moving experience to Atlanta you expect most within your moving budget. Remember to verify their online reputation with other people who've moved with the provider to be sure you are working with a highly rated mover known for their customer service.

3) Develop a Strategic Packing Strategy

Packing for an interstate move may include the same fundamental tasks, nevertheless it seems very different than a local residential move. Because there's no multiple trips or going back for forgotten things, and because you will want everything squared away promptly in the new house, make a extensive strategic packing plan. Pare down your belongings by giving things away, offering items to your choice of charities, eBay sales or even a yard sale if you have far more possessions than you want to take and in addition, commence packing early. Mark every single box clearly, and tell your movers in the event that you would like your rooms packed in a specific order for straightforward rapid unpacking.

4) Organize Your Own Travel and Accommodations

While your long distance moving service to Atlanta will handle moving all of your inanimate items, you, together with any pets and indoor plants, will have to make your way within your vehicle. In all probability, you will find yourself taking a long road trip. Be sure to arrange your cross-country excursion meticulously incorporating frequent rest breaks, where you would like to eat, and where you are going to stay. Book your accommodations in advance and consider any other people, pets, or plants which will be traveling with you.

5) Switch Your Driver's License

Whilst you will not likely get in trouble instantaneously for possessing a driver's license connected to your old street address, it's a good idea if you get a new driver's license provided by your new state of residence and exhibiting your new home address. The good news is, it's increasingly simple to move a currently valid license to a new state. Some states are able to accommodate this request entirely online, which happens to be very convenient.

6) Utilities and Mail Forwarding

An interstate move suggests that mail sent to the wrong street address is going to be exceptionally difficult and maybe also expensive to have forwarded to you. Ensure that you officially change your home address with the postal service as well as arrange for temporary mail forwarding so your letters and packages catch up with you efficiently.

Along the same lines, make sure you carry out the full switch of utilities. Ensure that you have the utilities of your previous residence disconnected or shifted to a landlord or new owner. At the new residence, make sure that the utilities are on and in your name prior to when you arrive. Preferably, it is also good to have another person such as your realtor pop in and make certain the refrigerator is running. This allows you to get and stow groceries soon after arrival.

7) Pack a Moving Bag for Yourself

Don't forget, you could arrive at your destination prior to the moving truck with your belongings. This means you are going to need to live out of luggage for a short time, so your luggage ought to be very well packed. Make certain you have several changes of apparel, toiletries, medications, all your necessary financial information, and battery chargers for your personal gadgets packed. Ideally, place all of these things separate before you pack the rest of your personal items into boxes to ensure that nothing vital is left behind.

Your moving bag really should be part overnight-bag and part emergency bag, and it'll help you be prepared to stay in-transit for as long as your excursion and truck arrival takes. Each person moving along with you and each pet will typically have their own moving travelling bag to ensure that everybody is properly equipped for a extended journey and a couple of days within a mostly empty residence.

Moving - Packing8) Pack Your Vehicle for a Journey

As you get ready to leave, one of the last steps is usually to prepare your vehicle for the long journey in front of you. Make a list of everything you'll need as you go along including a navigation device and charging infrastructure to ensure you don't get lost and a full check-up of your automobile to circumvent unneeded maintenance mishaps. You'll need to make sure that you and everyone moving along with you are able to survive comfortably inside the car regardless of whether there are long stretches with no eating places or hotels. Pack lots of water bottles and road snack foods and think about including a few sleeping bags to ensure that you can sleep in the new house before your beds get there.

9) Look at Your Budget

Regardless of how careful you have been up to this point, it is all too easy to go over budget during the move itself. Your road trip plan should include pre-booked rooms in hotels plus a standard understanding of the place where you will be stopping to eat and take restroom breaks as you go along. Bear in mind your financial allowance and keep an eye on the amount you spend while travelling. In the event that funds are constrained, consider packing snacks in a cooler and buying your meals from grocery stores or little small-town cafes. Should you be making your moving excursion into a holiday getaway with doing sightseeing as you go along, make absolutely certain not to spend more than you intended to.

10) Keep in touch with Your Movers

Last but not least, throughout an interstate move to Atlanta, ensure that you stay in contact with your movers. While most cross-country moves are uneventful and smooth-sailing, sometimes things go awry and scheduling details will need to be taken care of. Maybe your moving truck gets a flat, or perhaps you're the one with the flat. You need to maintain constant contact with your movers to synchronize the arrival of your items and they might even have the ability to help you out of a road-trip disaster should an unusual disaster arise. Be certain that you trade contact numbers with your driver and talk about delivery plans prior to leaving the origin location.

Relocating among states is a huge mission and one you need to accept with all seriousness. When your things are in the hands of professional movers as well as your own method of travel is diligently prepared, your move will feel a lot more like an exciting road-trip holiday than a massive logistical aggravation. Let us enable you to have a smooth and enjoyable interstate move to Atlanta.

The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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