Moving to a New State in 2021: 3 Tips to Smooth the Process

Moving to a new houseBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving is anxious even under ideal conditions. Preparing to move to a new state during 2021, multiplied by COVID-19 and pandemic-related issues, is a whole different level. Even with the assistance of a moving company in Oklahoma City, not only will the move itself take several days and demand precise logistics, but it will additionally require you to take added precautions to keep yourself, your loved ones, and anyone assisting in the move safe.

For sure, it is a lot to deal with. Luckily, there are some steps you can take ahead of time to make your move to Oklahoma City less painful than it could be otherwise.

Three Tips to Smooth the Process of a State-to-State Move

Though the move may never be totally seamless, the following three steps may help reduce your anxiety.

Tip 1: When possible, do your paperwork in advance.

Moving always requires changing your permanent address. Vital documents, websites, and service providers will all need to be updated. Handling these steps beforehand will permit you to check this item off your agenda and concentrate more fully on your new house when you get there.

When you move to a new state, however, you have the additional chore of procuring a new driver's license in addition. As with the change of address rules, many states have a required time period by which you need to exchange your old license for a new one, so be certain that you check with your new state's DMV website to understand the amount of time in which getting a new license will be needed.

Various states require an in-person visit to the DMV, others allow you to take care of the whole process online. Accomplishing this chore before yourmove will help with the transition and free up important settling-in time in your new place of residence—especially during the pandemic, when threats of virus spread complicate even the easiest chores.

Tip 2: Pack with both short-term and long-term trips in mind.

In one sense, an interstate move is similar to a road trip and a move all bundled into one. Not only are you packing up all your earthly possessions for transport, but you're in addition getting ready to spend at least a day or two road-tripping to get to your new place.

Before you reach the last chores of packing up, always be certain to take time out to pack suitcases for yourself (and, if applicable, for your family members) which will incorporate everything you'll need for the next couple of days in route:

  • Face masks and hand sanitizer
  • Changes of clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • ID's and documentation
  • Cash

And don't forget about your furry family members! Be sure they have several days' worth of supplies available in addition.

Tip 3: Choose an experienced interstate moving company in Oklahoma City.

All moving companies have specialties. While a few are great for local relocations, others have put together systems and structures to support interstate and cross-country moves. When talking to possible moving companies in Oklahoma City, always be sure to ask thoughtful questions regarding their abilities and areas of expertise. Make sure to check out consumer reviews, question friends and contacts and take their knowledge into consideration.

While it's tempting just to pick the cheapest offer you get after a quick Google search, we've all been around long enough to know that the least expensive estimate is not always the greatest selection in the end. If you are facing the pressure of an interstate move, particularly during the ongoing pandemic, you'll want to know you are in capable hands every step of the way.

We Can Help

At A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Oklahoma City, we offer residential, commercial, and corporate moving solutions. We do the heavy lifting, so you don't have to. With no-contact services currently available, we are here to help you move safely and effectively, no matter where or when.


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