Moving to a New State in 2021: 3 Tips to Smooth the Process
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
In reality, it's a lot to deal with. Luckily, there are several actions you can take beforehand to make your move to Oklahoma City less painful than it may be otherwise.
3 Tips to Smooth the Process of a State-to-State Move
Though the task will never be totally seamless, these three steps might help bring down your tension.
Tip 1: If possible, complete your paperwork in advance.
Moving always requires updating your permanent address. Critical documents, websites, and service providers will all need to be notified. Managing these steps in advance will permit you to check this item off your agenda and focus more entirely on your new house when you arrive.
If you move to a new state, however, you have the extra chore of procuring a new driver's license in addition. As with the change of address regulations, many states have a set time period by which you need to exchange your old license for a new one, so be certain that you verify with your new state's DMV website to fully grasp the time frame in which getting a new license will be a requirement.
Some states require an in-person visit to the DMV, others allow you to accomplish the complete process online. Accomplishing this step before yourmove can lessen the transition and free up important settling-in time in your new state of residence—especially during a pandemic, when concerns of virus transmission complicate even the simplest chores.
Tip 2: Pack with both short-term and long-term trips in mind.
On one hand, a state-to-state move is like a road trip and a move all together into one. Not only are you packing up all your earthly possessions for the move, but you're additionally arranging to spend at least a day or two road-tripping to reach your new place.
Before you get to the final stages of packing up, always be certain to take a moment to pack suitcases for yourself (and, if applicable, for your loved ones) that will incorporate everything you will require for the next few days in route:
- Face masks and hand sanitizer
- Changes of clothes
- ID's and documentation
Additionally don't forget about your pets! Make sure they have several days' worth of supplies available also.
Tip 3: Pick an experienced interstate moving company in Oklahoma City.
All moving companies have specialties. While a few are professionals at local moves, others have put together systems and structures to support interstate and cross-country moves. If interviewing potential moving companies in Oklahoma City, always be sure to ask direct questions concerning their skills and areas of expertise. Be sure to read consumer reviews, question friends and contacts and take their advice into consideration.
While it is tempting just to choose the most affordable quote you find after a fast Google search, we have all been around long enough to know that the cheapest offer isn't always the wisest choice in the end. If you're facing the pressure of a state-to-state move, especially over the ongoing pandemic, you'll want to know you are in great hands the whole time.
We Can Help
At A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Oklahoma City, we specialize in residential, commercial, and corporate moving solutions. We do the heavy lifting, so you do not have to. With no-contact services now available, we are here to help you move safely and effectively, no matter where or when.
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