By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Moving to a new home is a big deal, however when your new home is in a new state, there are lots of new things to learn together with the typical "Where's the dry cleaners?" question. Even though your interstate move to Denver
could be just a couple of miles, as a new resident there are lots of items that will be different from your previous home--so have this cheat sheet handy when you are coordinating your life moving forward.
For those who have purchased a new home you may have traveled to the town and expended a bit of time on the web understanding the new area, checked out schools, and determined the nearest cafe. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Denver--the statigic planning and particulars which are so easily lost among the tension of the piles of boxes.
Determine Your Spending Plan
Moving is expensive. If your move is corporate and it is not on your dime, skip ahead of the class. Should you be footing the bill, bear in mind that all moving companies are not created equal and do your homework prior to deciding the way to handle a move and which mover to engage. Ask around for recommendations, but confirm the company you choose is part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number will be on their website and trucks). The Better Business Bureau is another good source of quality moving companies in Denver.
Establish your budget for the move before beginning. It can save you money by doing your own boxing and driving, and hiring labor to load and unload the moving van. Most movers provide a list of services and you may decide which of them you want. This is a great way to go if you are comfortable boxing a lot of things, but want assistance with things like electronics and antiques.
Trustworthy companies will not give you a quote with no knowledge of precisely what you are moving and how far. That being said, schedule an in-home visit and discuss with the estimator precisely what you're intending on moving. Be sure to get a written quote, look it over closely and ask questions if there are numbers or details which might be difficult to understand.
Prepare Your Packing
It is like eating an elephant, take it a single bite-or box-at the time. Start purging whenever you realize you're moving to Denver. If you've not used it or put it on in half a year, donate it, sell it, or trash it. In the event your movers are packing up for you, it's a lot less difficult to be savage with the purge when you consider if a specific thing is worth compensating another individual to wrap and pack it.
Take into account your new life--if you will be moving from Minnesota to a tropical climate, leave the polar fleece jacket and snow boots with your neighbor. They will come in handy any time you visit and be absolutely pointless in place where 65 degrees is regarded as a cold snap. Pack your out of season clothes and toys to begin with, and work your way to the necessities. A short time prior to the move itself, pack up a duffel bag with the essentials for the day or two you're in transit.
Moving the Transportation
For anybody who is moving across the country and traveling by air with your family, you need to let the movers know they will be hauling automobiles, boats, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it's got to go on the truck unless of course you will be driving it. Whenever pets are members of the household, sometimes it is smart for a couple of you to drive with the animals. Talk to your veterinarian and check with airlines about pet policies as soon as you realize you will be moving. Also, coordinate with the movers regarding the time allotted for transport, particularly if you are going by plane. In the event your sofa and TV are a week behind, you might need a hotel in the interim, and the earlier you put together those plans the better, specifically with family pets involved.
M-Day Minus 14 and Counting
The last few days just before you close the door for the very last time is a flurry of actions, be sure you check these items off your checklist.
- Confirm current utilities are transferring or shutting down the day after your move. In case you're in a cold climate on either end, try to ask your realtor to check for broken pipes at the new house in Denver--that's not really a welcome home for anyone.
- Ensure the mail is stopped and forwarded, and that you have done the change of home address paperwork for bank accounts, healthcare, and insurance plans information. It is possible to update your home address on the internet and get a new PO box, but be aware that the Post Office designates you a box and it is commonly on the bottom row. It is best to go in after you have moved and decide on one yourself.
- Make hard copies of important documents, keep them in a file folder at hand during the interstate move itself. This consists of prescriptions, immunization documents for the kids and pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and anything you might need to get your hands on in a rush.
- Schedule the cable/internet person for as soon as possible. Don't worry if their visit coincides together with the movers; they are accustomed to doing work around boxes. It's an occupational hazard for promising to appear whenever within a five-hour window.
NEVER LOAD THAT ON THE MOVING TRUCK!!!
There are some things that common sense dictates should not go on a moving van. If you're concerned about driving with a full gas can for the lawn mower inside the car, ponder packing a moving van with lawn tools, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and starting off cross country to Denver. So, if you happen to have to have a reminder, here are a few items which movers are not allowed to transport.
- ANY chemicals--household cleaning products, paint and paint thinner, finger nail polish (really) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
- perishable food items
- houseplants--states have polices about introducing new species in order to steer clear of new pest infestations as well as fungi. There is no border patrol examining your car or trucks to take your caladiums, but you do not wish to be the one who shipped in the aphids that wiped out the area plants.
- Cash, fine jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies will not be liable for assets like this.
This means letting the new state know you're coming. You will need to begin paying taxes in your new state once the ink dries on your new mortgage. Let your accountant know you are moving--some states don't have state income taxes! Each individual state has their particular tax rates, regulations, and assorted distinctive regulations. Check your new state's website for facts on licensing pets, teenage drivers, as well as other arcane legal issues you'll want to know. After you have moved you will need new drivers’ licenses and vehicle tags--check to find out what the grace period is for new residents. In most states it is possible to register to vote at the DMV; again, read the state website to figure out the timeline for signing up to be a good citizen.
And, now that you have this interstate move to Denver under control, concentrate on the important stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.