Interstate Moving to Oklahoma City--Keeping Your Sanity Within the Lines

Moving - Planning a Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
 
Moving to a new house is a massive undertaking, however when your new home is in a new state, there are a number different items to learn combined with the usual "Where is the dry cleaners?" query. Although your interstate move to Oklahoma City might 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 nearby when you are coordinating your life moving forward.

If you've bought a new home no doubt you've been to the location and expended a bit of time on the internet understanding the new neighborhood, checked out schools, and figured out the closest cafe. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Oklahoma City--the planning and details that are so easily lost within the tension of the piles of boxes.

Identify Your Budget

Moving is not cheap. In the event your move is corporate and it's not on your dime, skip ahead of the class. Should you be paying the expenses, remember that all moving companies are not created equal and research your options before deciding how to manage a move and which mover to hire. Check around for referrals, but confirm the company you choose is a member 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 source of quality moving companies in Oklahoma City.

Figure out your budget for the move before you get started. It can save you money by doing your own packing and driving, and getting labor to load and unload the trucks. A lot of movers offer a variety of services so you can decide those that you want. This is an excellent way to go if you're comfortable packing up a lot of things, but need help with things such as electronics and antique items.

Professional companies won't give you a price quote without knowing everything that you are moving and how far. Therefore, schedule an in-home appointment and tell the estimator precisely what you are planning on moving. Make sure to obtain a written quote, look it over closely and ask questions in case there are amounts or specifics that are puzzling.

Arrange Your Packing

It really is like eating an elephant, take it a single bite-or box-at the time. Start purging once you learn you might be moving to Oklahoma City. In the event that you have not made use of the item or put it on in half a year, donate it, pass it on, or dispose of it. In the event your movers are packing up for you, it's a lot easier to be ruthless with the purge when you determine that something is worth compensating another individual to wrap and pack it.

Be mindful of your new life--if you will be moving from Minnesota to a warm climate, leave the polar fleece and winter boots with your buddy. They'll be useful whenever you visit and be completely useless in place where 65 degrees is viewed as a cold snap. Pack your out of season apparel and toys first, and work your way up to the essentials. A short time ahead of the move itself, pack a duffel bag with the essentials for the day or two you're in transit.

Moving with PetsMoving the Transportation

If you are relocating across the country and traveling by air with your family members, make sure you let the movers know they will be moving motor vehicles, boats, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it has to go on the moving van unless you're driving it. Whenever pets are in the household, sometimes it makes sense for a couple of you to drive with the animals. Consult your veterinarian and check with airlines concerning pet policies when you first find out you will be moving. In addition, coordinate with the movers on the time allocated for transportation, particularly if you are going by airplane. In the event your sofa and TV are a week behind, you may need a hotel in the interim, and the sooner you put together those solutions the better, specifically with animals involved.

M-Day Minus 14 and Counting

The last few days just before you close the door for the final time is often a flurry of actions, you need to check these tasks off your list. 

  • Confirm current utilities are transferring or shutting down the day immediately after your move. In case you're in a cold climate on either end, request your realtor to check for broken pipes at the new house in Oklahoma City--that's not a welcome home for anybody.
  • Confirm the mail is stopped and forwarded, and that you've done the change of address paperwork for bank accounts, health care, and insurance plan information. You can modify your home address on the internet and get a new PO box, but remember that the Post Office designates you a box and it is usually on the bottom row. It is best to go in after you have moved and pick one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of valuable paperwork, hold them within a file folder at hand over the interstate move itself. This consists of prescriptions, immunization documents for the children and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and anything you may be required to get your hands on in a rush.
  • Schedule the cable/internet person for as quickly as feasible. Don't worry if their visit coincides along with the movers; they're familiar with doing work around boxes. It's an occupational hazard for promising to appear anytime inside a five-hour window. 

NEVER PLACE THAT ON THE MOVING VAN!!!

There are certain things that sound judgment dictates should never go on a moving van. If you are nervous about driving with a full gas can for the garden tractor in the vehicle, ponder packing a moving van with lawn equipment, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and taking off cross country to Oklahoma City. So, if you happen to require a reminder, below are a few items that movers aren't permitted to transport. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleansers, paint and paint thinner, nail polish (honestly) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • perishable food items
  • houseplants--states have rules about introducing new types in an attempt to prevent new infestations as well as fungi. There isn't any border patrol verifying your car or trucks to confiscate your caladiums, but you do not wish to be the person who introduced the aphids which wiped out any nearby plants.
  • Cash, expensive jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies are not answerable for valuables such as this. 

Set up Domicile

What this means is letting the new state know you're coming. You will need to begin paying taxes in your new state the moment the ink dries on your new mortgage. Let your accountant know you're moving--some states don't have state income taxes! Each individual state has their particular tax rates, regulations, and diverse unique laws. Check your new state's website for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, and other arcane laws you will need to comprehend. After getting moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and automobile tags--check to determine what the grace time frame is for new locals. In most states you can sign up to vote at the DMV; again, look at the state webpage to figure out the deadline for signing up to be a good citizen.

And, now that you've got this interstate move to Oklahoma City well in hand, focus on the important stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.