Interstate Moving to Denver--Keeping Your Sanity Between the Lines

Moving - Planning a Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Moving to a new residence is a big deal, however if your new residence is in a new state, there are lots of different things to find out along with the usual "Where is the dry cleaners?" dilemma. Even though your interstate move to Denver may well be just a couple of miles, as a new resident there are lots of things that vary from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet at hand when you are coordinating your life going forward.

If you have bought a new house no doubt you've been to the city and spent a bit of time online understanding the new community, analyzed schools, and figured out the closest bistro. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Denver--the planning and specifics which are so quickly lost within the angst of the piles of boxes.

Identify Your Spending Plan

Moving is not cheap. In case your move is corporate and it is not on your own dime, skip ahead of the class. If you are footing the expenses, don't forget that all moving companies are not created equal and do your homework before you decide the best way to take care of a move and which moving company to hire. Ask around for recommendations, but verify the company you decide on is part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number is going to be on their website and vans). The Better Business Bureau is another excellent resource for outstanding moving companies in Denver.

Determine your budget for the move before beginning. You can save money by doing your own packing up and driving, and using labor to load and unload the moving van. Most movers have a variety of services and you may pick and choose those that you need. This is an excellent strategy to use for anybody who is confident boxing some things, but want help with things like electronics and collectibles.

Reputable companies will not supply you with a price without knowing exactly what you will be moving and how far. That being said, schedule an in-home survey and tell the estimator exactly what you're planning on moving. Make sure to obtain a written quote, read it closely and ask questions in case there are amounts or specifics 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 find out you're moving to Denver. If you've not used the item or worn it in 6 months, donate it, sell it, or dispose of it. If the movers are boxing for you, it is a good deal less complicated to be savage with the purge if you ask yourself if something is worth paying another person to wrap and pack it.

Be mindful of your new life--if you're moving from Minnesota to a tropical climate, leave the polar fleece coat and winter boots with your next door neighbor. They'll be useful when you visit and be entirely pointless in place where 65 degrees is viewed as a cold snap. Prepare your out of season apparel and toys to begin with, and work your way to the necessities. A short time ahead of the move itself, pack up a duffel bag with the necessities for the day or two you are in transit.

Moving with PetsHauling the Transportation

If you're relocating across the country and flying your family members, make sure you let the movers know they're going to 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. Anytime animals are members of your family, often it is smart for a couple of you to drive with the animals. Consult your veterinarian and check with airlines about pet policies when you first find out you're moving. Additionally, coordinate with the movers relating to the time allocated for transport, particularly if you're going by plane. If your furniture and TV are a full week behind, you may need a hotel in the interim, and the earlier you prepare those strategies the better, specifically with animals involved.

M-Day Minus Fourteen and Counting

The last few days before you close the door for the last time is often a flurry of activities, you need to mark these things off your checklist. 

  • Confirm present utilities are shifting or turning off the day after your move. In case you're in a freezing climate on either end, try to ask your real estate agent to be on the lookout for burst water lines at the new house in Denver--that's not much of a welcome home for anyone.
  • Confirm the mail is halted and forwarded, and that you have done the change of home address paperwork for bank accounts, medical care, and insurance plans information. You can modify your home address on the web and get a new PO box, but be aware that the Post Office assigns you a box and it's commonly on the bottom row. It's best to go in after you have moved and choose one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of important paperwork, hold them in a file folder with you during the interstate move itself. This consists of prescriptions, immunization records for the kids and pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and everything else you may want to obtain in a rush.
  • Schedule the cable/internet person for as soon as possible. Don't be concerned if their appointment coincides along with the movers; they're familiar with working around boxes. It's an occupational hazard for promising to show up whenever within a five-hour window. 


There are certain things that sound judgment dictates should not go on a moving truck. If you're concerned about driving with a full gas can for the mower in the car, ponder loading a moving truck with lawn tools, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and taking off cross country to Denver. So, in case you need a reminder, here are some things that movers will not be allowed to move. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleansers, paint and paint thinner, finger nail polish (really) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • perishable food
  • houseplants--states have rules about introducing new varieties in an attempt to avoid new pests and fungi. There isn't any border patrol examining your car or trucks to confiscate your caladiums, but you ought not be the individual who shipped in the aphids which killed off the area vegetation.
  • Cash, expensive jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies won't be answerable for assets like this. 

Establish Domicile

Meaning letting the new state know you are arriving. You'll need to commence paying taxes in your new state as soon as the ink dries on your new mortgage. Let your accountant know you're moving--some states might not have state income taxes! Every state has their own tax rates, regulations, and assorted one of a kind regulations. Check your new state's internet site for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, as well as other arcane legalities you'll need to understand. After getting moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and car tags--check to determine what the grace period is for new residents. In many states you can sign up to vote at the DMV; again, look at the state website to determine the deadline for signing up to be a good citizen.

And, now that you have this interstate move to Denver under control, concentrate on the vital stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.