By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Relocating to a new house is huge, however if your new house is in a new state, there are lots of different points to learn together with the normal "Where's the dry cleaners?" query. Whilst your interstate move to El Paso
might be just a few miles, as a new resident you will discover numerous items that differ from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet at hand as you are coordinating your life going forward.
If you have bought a new home no doubt you've visited the city and expended a while on the web understanding the new neighborhood, evaluated schools, and determined the closest coffee shop. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to El Paso--the logistics and particulars which are so quickly lost within the tension of the piles of cartons.
Establish Your Budget
Moving is expensive. In the event your move is corporate and it is not on your dime, skip in front of the class. If you are footing the costs, bear in mind that all moving companies are not created equal and do your homework before you decide how to handle a move and which mover to engage. Check around for recommendations, but verify the company you choose is part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number is going to be on their website and vans). The Better Business Bureau is yet another good source of top notch moving companies in El Paso.
Determine your budget for the move before beginning. You can save money by doing your own packing up and driving, and using labor to load and unload the moving trucks. Most movers provide a list of services so you can decide which of them you prefer. This is a terrific strategy to use if you are comfortable packing some things, but would like help with such things as electronics and antiques.
Professional companies won't supply you with a quote without knowing precisely what you are moving and how far. Therefore, schedule an in-home survey and tell the estimator everything that you're intending on moving. Make sure to get a written quote, look it over closely and ask questions if there are numbers or specifics which might be bewildering.
Plan Your Packing
It really is like eating an elephant, take it one bite-or box-at the time. Start off purging once you realize you might be moving to El Paso. In the event that you have not used it or put it on in half a year, donate it, pass it on, or dispose of it. If the movers are packing for you, it's a good deal less complicated to be ruthless with the purge when you ask yourself if an item is worth having to pay someone else to wrap and pack it.
Consider your new life--if you are moving from Minnesota to a warm climate, leave the polar fleece and snow boots with your neighbor. They will come in handy when you visit and be utterly unnecessary in place where 65 degrees is viewed as a chilly snap. Prepare your out of season clothing and toys first, and work your way up to the necessities. A few days prior to the move itself, pack a duffel bag with the necessities for the day or two you'll be in transit.
Transporting the Transportation
Should you be moving across the country and flying your family, you need to let the movers know they're going to be moving vehicles, watercraft, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it's got to go on the truck except if you are driving it. Whenever animals are members of your family, often it is smart for a couple of you to drive with the family pets. Confer with your vet and check with airlines about pet policies once you know you're moving. Also, synchronize with the movers on the time allocated for transportation, particularly if you are going by . 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 put together those solutions the better, particularly with pets involved.
M-Day Minus 14 and Counting
The previous couple of days before you actually shut the door for the very last time can be a flurry of actions, make sure you check these things off your checklist.
- Confirm present utilities are transferring or turning off the day following your move. If you're in a freezing local climate on either end, ask your realtor to check for burst pipes at the new residence in El Paso--that is not a welcome home for anybody.
- Verify the mail is halted and forwarded, and that you have completed the change of address forms for bank accounts, healthcare, and insurance information. You are able to modify your address on the web and get a new PO box, but don't forget that the Post Office designates you a box and it's commonly on the bottom row. It's best to go in once you've moved and pick one yourself.
- Make hard copies of valuable documents, keep them in a file folder at hand over the interstate move itself. Including prescriptions, immunization information for the children and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and whatever you may want to get hold of in a hurry.
- Schedule the cable/internet person for as quickly as possible. Don't fret if their appointment coincides with the movers; they are accustomed to working around boxes. It is an occupational hazard for promising to show up anytime in a five-hour window.
DON'T PLACE THAT ON THE MOVING VAN!!!
There are certain things that common sense dictates should not go on a moving truck. For anybody who is concerned about driving with a full gas can for the lawn mower in the vehicle, contemplate packing a moving truck with lawn equipment, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and taking off cross country to El Paso. So, in case you need a reminder, below are a few things that movers are not permitted to move.
- ANY chemicals--household cleansers, paint and paint thinner, finger nail polish (actually) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
- spoilable foodstuffs
- houseplants--states have restrictions about introducing new varieties in order to steer clear of new unwanted pests and fungi. There's no border patrol checking your automobile or trucks to take your caladiums, but you ought not be the person who shipped in the aphids that killed off any nearby plants.
- Cash, jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies will not be answerable for assets similar to this.
What this means is letting the new state know you'll be arriving. You should begin paying taxes in your new state as soon as the ink dries on your new home loan. Let your accountant know you'll be moving--some states might not have state income taxes! Every state has their particular tax rates, regulations, and assorted unique regulations. Check your new state's website for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, and various arcane laws you'll want to understand. Once you've moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and automobile tags--check to see what the grace time frame is for new locals. In most states you can enroll to vote at the DMV; again, check the state website to ascertain the timeline for signing up to be a good citizen.
And, now that you've got this interstate move to El Paso under control, think about the important stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.