By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Moving to a new house is a big deal, but when your new home is in a new state, there are numerous different items to learn combined with the typical "Where's the dry cleaners?" dilemma. Although your interstate move to Colorado Springs
may well be only a few miles, as a new resident you will discover numerous things that differ from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet at hand when you're organizing your life going forward.
If you have bought a new house you've probably traveled to the town and put in some time on the web understanding the new neighborhood, checked out schools, and figured out the closest coffee shop. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Colorado Springs--the planning and particulars that are so rapidly lost amongst the angst of the piles of cartons.
Determine Your Budget
Moving is expensive. In case your move is corporate and it's not on your dime, skip in front of the class. Should you be footing the expenses, be aware that all moving companies are not created equal and research your options before deciding the way to take care of a move and which moving company to work with. Ask around for recommendations, but verify the company you select is a member of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number will be on their website and moving trucks). The Better Business Bureau is yet another very good resource for top notch moving companies in Colorado Springs.
Figure out your budget for the move before starting. You can save money by doing your own packing and driving, and using labor to load and unload the moving van. The majority of movers have a variety of services and you can pick and choose those that you prefer. This is a great approach to take for anybody who is confident boxing a lot of things, but want assistance with such things as electronics and antique items.
Reputable companies are not going to supply you with a price quote with no knowledge of exactly what you're moving and how far. That being said, schedule an in-home survey and tell the estimator precisely what you're planning on moving. Make sure to obtain a written quote, examine it thoroughly and ask questions should there be amounts or particulars which are puzzling.
Plan Your Packing
It's like eating an elephant, take it one bite-or box-at the time. Begin purging as soon as you learn you are moving to Colorado Springs. In the event that you haven't used it or worn it in six months’ time, donate it, pass it on, or dispose of it. If the movers are boxing for you, it is a lot easier to be ruthless with the purge when you determine that something is worth compensating some other person to wrap and pack it.
Be mindful of your new life--if you are moving from Minnesota to a tropical climate, leave the polar fleece coat and snow boots with your buddy. They may be convenient any time you visit and be absolutely worthless in place where 65 degrees is considered a chilly snap. Prepare your out of season clothing and toys first, and work your way to the necessities. A few days before the move itself, pack a duffel bag with the essentials for the day or two you'll be in transit.
Transporting the Transportation
Should you be moving across the country and traveling by air with your family members, you need to let the movers know they will be transporting vehicles, watercraft, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it's got to go on the truck except if you're driving it. When pets are members of your family, sometimes it makes sense for a couple of you to drive with the animals. Talk to your veterinarian and check with airlines regarding pet policies when you first know you're moving. In addition, coordinate with the movers relating to the time allotted for travel, especially if you are going by airplane. If your furniture and television are a full week behind, you may need a place to stay in the interim, and the earlier you put together those strategies the better, specifically with animals involved.
M-Day Minus 14 and Counting
The last few days just before you shut the door for the final 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. If you're in a freezing local climate on either end, ask your real estate agent to check for burst pipes at the new residence in Colorado Springs--that's not a welcome home for anyone.
- Ensure the mail is stopped and forwarded, and that you have done the change of home address documents for bank accounts, medical care, and insurance plans information. You can modify your address online and get a new PO box, but don't forget that the Post Office designates you a box and it's commonly on the bottom row. It is best to go in when you have moved and choose one yourself.
- Make hard copies of essential documents, hold them within a file folder with you over the interstate move itself. Including prescriptions, immunization documents for the children and pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and whatever you might need to get hold of 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 are familiar with functioning around boxes. It's an occupational hazard for promising to appear whenever in a five-hour window.
DON'T PUT THAT ON THE TRUCK!!!
There are some things that sound judgment dictates shouldn't go on a moving van. 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 taking off cross country to Colorado Springs. So, if you happen to have to have a reminder, below are a few items that movers aren't capable to move.
- ANY chemicals--household cleaners, paint and paint thinner, finger nail polish (honestly) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
- spoilable food
- houseplants--states have restrictions about introducing new species in an effort to steer clear of new unwanted pests and fungi. There isn't any border patrol verifying your car or trucks to take your caladiums, but you ought not be the individual who brought in the aphids that killed off the neighborhood vegetation.
- Cash, fine jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies will not be liable for valuable items like this.
Meaning letting the new state know you are coming. You should commence paying taxes in your new state once the ink dries on your new home loan. Let your accountant know you'll be moving--some states do not have state income taxes! Each individual state has their own tax rates, regulations, and various one of a kind laws. Check your new state's website for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, and other arcane legal issues you will need to understand. After you have moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and vehicle tags--check to find out what the grace period is for new residents. In most states you are able to sign up to vote at the DMV; again, look at the state webpage to determine the deadline for signing up to be a good citizen.
And, now that you have this interstate move to Colorado Springs figured out, think about the vital stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.