Interstate Moving to Atlanta--Keeping Your Sanity Within the Lines

Moving - Planning a Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Relocating to a new residence is huge, however if your new residence is in a new state, there are numerous new things to understand together with the normal "Where's the dry cleaners?" question. Although your interstate move to Atlanta may well be just a few miles, as a new resident there are lots of things that vary from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet handy when you are organizing your life moving forward.

For those who have bought a new house no doubt you've been to the town and expended some time online understanding the new community, checked out schools, and identified the nearest cafe. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Atlanta--the planning and particulars which can be so rapidly lost among the stress of the piles of cartons.

Identify Your Spending Plan

Moving is costly. In case your move is corporate and it's not on your own dollar, skip ahead of the class. Should you be footing the expenses, remember that all moving companies aren't the same and research your options before you decide how to take care of a move and which mover to work with. Ask around for recommendations, but confirm the company you choose is part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number should be on their website and trucks). The Better Business Bureau also is a excellent resource for outstanding moving companies in Atlanta.

Determine your budget for the move before you get started. You can save money by doing your own boxing and driving, and getting labor to load and unload the trucks. A lot of movers have a menu of services and you can select those that you prefer. This is a terrific approach to take for anybody who is comfortable packing up a lot of things, but want assistance with things like electronics and antiques.

Professional companies won't give you a quote without understanding everything that you're moving and how far. So, schedule an in-home survey and discuss with the estimator everything that you are planning on moving. Make sure to obtain a written quote, read it closely and ask questions should there be numbers or details which are confusing.

Arrange Your Packing

It's like eating an elephant, take it a single bite-or box-at the time. Begin purging once you recognize you might be moving to Atlanta. In the event that you've not made use of it or worn it in 6 months, donate it, sell it, or throw it away. In the event your movers are packing up for you, it can be a good deal less difficult to be ruthless with the purge when you determine that a specific thing is worth paying someone else to wrap and pack it.

Take into account your new life--if you are moving from Minnesota to a exotic climate, leave the polar fleece jacket and snow boots with your buddy. They'll be convenient if you visit and be entirely worthless in place where 65 degrees is viewed as a chilly snap. Prepare your out of season apparel and toys first, and work your way to the necessities. A few days before the move itself, pack up a duffel bag with the essentials for the day or two you are in transit.

Moving with PetsMoving the Transportation

If you're moving across the country and flying your family, you need to let the movers know they're going to be transporting motor vehicles, boats, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it has to go on the moving truck except if you are driving it. Anytime animals are part of your family, sometimes it is smart for a couple of you to drive with the family pets. Consult your vet and check with airlines concerning pet policies once you realize you're moving. Also, coordinate with the movers on the time allocated for travel, particularly if you're going by air. In the event your furniture and television are a week behind, you'll need a place to stay in the interim, and the sooner you prepare those solutions the better, specifically with animals involved.

M-Day Minus Fourteen and Counting

The previous couple of days before you actually close the door for the last time is often a flurry of actions, be sure you check these tasks off your list. 

  • Confirm current utilities are shifting or turning off the day after your move. In case you're in a cold local climate on either end, request your real estate professional to take a look for burst plumbing at the new house in Atlanta--that is not much of a welcome home for anybody.
  • Ensure the mail is stopped and forwarded, and that you've done the change of address documents for bank accounts, health care, and insurance information. You are able to update your home address online and get a new PO box, but be aware that the Post Office assigns you a box and it is commonly on the bottom row. It's best to go in after you have moved and pick one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of important documents, keep them within a file folder at hand during the interstate move itself. This consists of prescriptions, immunization records for the children and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and everything else you might need to get hold of in a rush.
  • Schedule the cable/internet guy for as quickly as possible. Don't be concerned if their appointment coincides with the movers; they're used to doing work around boxes. It's an occupational hazard for promising to appear anytime within a five-hour window. 


There are certain things that sound judgment dictates shouldn't go on a moving van. If you are nervous about driving with a full gas can for the garden tractor inside the car, contemplate packing a moving truck with lawn equipment, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and taking off cross country to Atlanta. So, in case you have to have a reminder, here are a few things that movers are not permitted to move. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleaners, paint and paint thinner, finger nail polish (actually) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • perishable food
  • houseplants--states have polices about introducing new varieties in an effort to avoid new infestations and also fungi. There is no border patrol checking your car or trucks to confiscate your caladiums, but you ought not be the person who shipped in the aphids which killed off the area plants.
  • Cash, fine jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies are not answerable for assets like this. 

Establish Domicile

This means letting the new state know you're arriving. You'll need to commence paying taxes in your new state the moment the ink dries on your new mortgage loan. Let your accountant know you're moving--some states might not have state income taxes! Every state has their unique tax rates, regulations, and assorted unique regulations. Check your new state's website for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, as well as other arcane legal aspects you'll need to understand. After getting moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and automobile tags--check to find out what the grace period is for new residents. For most states you are able to enroll to vote at the DMV; again, check the state website to figure out the timeline for signing up to be a good citizen.

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