Interstate Moving to Houston--Keeping Your Peace of mind Between the Lines

Moving - Planning a Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Relocating to a new house is a massive undertaking, however when your new residence is in a new state, there are lots of different things to find out along with the normal "Where's the dry cleaners?" query. Although your interstate move to Houston might be just a few miles, as a new resident there are plenty of items that differ from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet nearby when you're coordinating your life going forward.

If you have bought a new home you may have traveled to the city and spent a while online becoming familiar with the new neighborhood, evaluated schools, and identified the nearest coffee shop. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Houston--the logistics and details which can be so easily lost within the tension of the stacks of boxes.

Identify Your Budget

Moving is expensive. In case your move is corporate and it's not on your own dollar, skip in front of the class. Should you be paying the bill, don't forget that all moving companies are not created equal and do your homework prior to deciding the way to handle a move and which moving company to engage. Check around for recommendations, but confirm the company you decide on is part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number should be on their website and trucks). The Better Business Bureau is yet another very good source of top notch moving companies in Houston.

Establish your budget for the move before you get started. You'll save money by doing your own packing and driving, and hiring labor to load and unload the trucks. The majority of movers offer a menu of services and you can select those that you prefer. This is an excellent approach to take if you're comfortable packing some things, but want assistance with such things as electronics and collectibles.

Professional companies will not give you a price quote without understanding exactly what you are moving and how far. Therefore, schedule an in-home visit and discuss with the estimator precisely what you're intending on moving. Make sure to obtain a written quote, read it carefully and ask questions if there are amounts or details that are confusing.

Prepare Your Packing

It really is like eating an elephant, take it one bite-or box-at the time. Start purging whenever you learn you might be moving to Houston. If you have not made use of the item or worn it in six months, donate it, pass it on, 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 ask yourself if an item is worth paying another person to wrap and pack it.

Be mindful of your new life--if you are moving from Minnesota to a exotic climate, leave the polar fleece jacket and winter boots with your buddy. They will come in handy whenever you visit and be absolutely unnecessary in place where 65 degrees is regarded as a chilly snap. Pack up your out of season apparel and toys first, and work your way to the necessities. A few days ahead of the move itself, pack up a duffel bag with the necessities for the day or two you are in transit.

Moving with PetsMoving the Transportation

If you are moving across the country and traveling by air with your family members, you need to let the movers know they'll be transporting automobiles, boats, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it has to go on the moving truck unless of course you are driving it. Anytime animals are members of the family, often it is practical for a couple of you to drive with the animals. Confer with your vet and check with airlines concerning pet policies once you realize you are moving. In addition, coordinate with the movers relating to the time allocated for transportation, especially if you're going by plane. If the couch and TV are a week behind, you may need a place to stay in the interim, and the earlier you put together those solutions the better, specifically with pets involved.

M-Day Minus Fourteen and Counting

The last few days before you shut the door for the very last time can be a flurry of activity, ensure you check these items off your list. 

  • Confirm current utilities are transferring or turning off the day after your move. If you are in a freezing local climate on either end, try to ask your realtor to be on the lookout for burst water lines at the new home in Houston--that's not really a welcome home for anybody.
  • Ensure the mail is halted and forwarded, and that you've done the change of address forms for bank accounts, medical care, and insurance plan information. It is possible to modify your home address on the web and get a new PO box, but remember that the Post Office designates you a box and it's generally on the bottom row. It's best to go in once you've moved and decide on one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of important paperwork, hold them inside a file folder with you during the interstate move itself. This consists of prescriptions, immunization documents for the kids and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and anything you might need to obtain in a hurry.
  • Schedule the cable/internet guy for as soon as feasible. Don't fret if their appointment coincides with the movers; they're used to operating around boxes. It is an occupational hazard for promising to show up anytime in a five-hour window. 


There are certain things that wisdom dictates should never go on a moving truck. If you're concerned about driving with a full gas can for the garden tractor in the car, ponder packing a moving van with lawn tools, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and heading out cross country to Houston. So, in the event you have to have a reminder, here are some items which movers are not allowed to transport. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleaning products, paint and paint thinner, nail polish (actually) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • perishable food
  • houseplants--states have restrictions about adding new species in an effort to steer clear of new infestations as well as fungi. There is no border patrol reviewing your car or trucks to take your caladiums, but you don't want to be the individual who brought in the aphids that killed off the area plant life.
  • Cash, jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies are not answerable for valuables like this. 

Set up Domicile

This means letting the new state know you're arriving. You'll need to commence paying taxes in your new state as soon as the ink dries on your new mortgage loan. Let your accountant know you're moving--some states don't have state income taxes! Each state has their unique tax rates, regulations, and various unique rules. Check your new state's internet site for details on licensing pets, teenage drivers, as well as other arcane laws you'll want to know. After getting moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and vehicle tags--check to determine what the grace time frame is for new locals. In most states you are able to enroll to vote at the DMV; again, look at the state webpage to ascertain the timeline for signing up to be a good citizen.

And, now that you've got this interstate move to Houston under control, think about the important stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.