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. Getting ready to move to a new state during 2021, multiplied by COVID-19 and pandemic-related concerns, is a completely separate thing. Even with the assistance of a moving company in Houston, not only will the move itself take several days and call for complicated logistics, but it will also require you to take extra precautions to keep yourself, your loved ones, and anyone helping in the move safe.

For sure, it may be a lot to deal with. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take in advance to make the move to Houston less stressful than it might be otherwise.

3 Ways to Smooth the Process of a State-to-State Move

Though the process will never be totally stress-free, these three steps may help bring down your anxiety.

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

Moving always necessitates updating your permanent address. Critical documents, websites, and service providers will all need to be notified. Managing these steps ahead of time may allow you to check this item off your agenda and focus more fully on your new residence when you get there.

If you relocate between states, however, you have the added responsibility of getting a new driver's license in addition. As with the change of address regulations, most states have a set amount of time by which you need to exchange your old license for a new one, so make sure that you verify with your new state's DMV website to understand the time period in which getting a new license will be required.

Various states call for an in-person visit to the DMV, others allow you to accomplish the whole process online. Taking care of this chore pre-move may ease the transition and free up important settling-in time in your new state of residence—especially during a pandemic, when threats of virus spread complicate even the most basic tasks.

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

On one hand, an interstate move is like a road trip and a move all grouped into one. Not only are you packing up all your earthly possessions for the move, but you are in addition arranging to spend at likely a day or two road-tripping to reach your new place.

Before you arrive at the final chores of packing up, always be sure to take time out to pack suitcases for yourself (and, if applicable, for your loved ones) which will include 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 do not forget about your furry family members! Double check that they have several days' worth of supplies available also.

Tip 3: Choose an experienced interstate moving company in Houston.

All moving companies have specialties. While a few are professionals at local moves, others have created systems and structures to support interstate and cross-country moves. When interviewing potential moving companies in Houston, always be sure to ask direct questions concerning their skills and areas of expertise. Be sure to check out consumer reviews, call friends and contacts and take their suggestions into consideration.

While it can be tempting just to pick the cheapest estimate you find after a fast Google search, we've all been around long enough to know that the cheapest quote is not always the wisest choice in the long run. If you're facing the pressure of a state-to-state move, especially over the ongoing pandemic, you will appreciate knowing you're in great hands every step of the way.

We Can Help

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


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