Moving is always a time-consuming process, no matter the destination. Sometimes, it can be downright stressful. And if you’re relocating to another state, you have a lot to plan for.
If you’re moving to Texas, you might even be in for a little bit of a culture shock – we do things a little differently down here! But don’t worry – with a little planning, you won’t have trouble adjusting.
In fact, if you’re moving to the Austin, Killeen, or Ft. Hood area, I think you’ll find that moving to Texas is far more rewarding than you could have imagined.
So, in order to make your move and transition as smooth as possible, here’s a super helpful moving to a new state checklist!
Do it Yourself!
Before you actually begin moving, you need to answer one major question: will you be doing all the moving, or will you leave that to someone else?
While it may be tempting to hire a moving company to handle the heavy lifting, moving yourself can be much better for your finances and stress levels in the long run.
Instead of trusting someone else with your belongings, performing a DIY move gives you all the control over your move.
Most likely, you will still need a moving truck to transport all your stuff. So, all you have to do is get quotes from several moving truck rental companies that also have locations near your destination for truck return. The sooner you can reserve your own rental truck, the better your chances of it being ready by your moving date.
And if you do need the assistance, just ask the moving truck company if they have or know of a service to send a few movers out to help with the loading or unloading.
Moving to a New State Checklist
Because moving to a new state involves many different steps and phases, I’ve broken the checklist down into three sections. While this might not cover everything you might run into, following all of these steps will surely make each of your unique challenges easier to handle!
Before Moving to Texas
- Go through all your miscellaneous items and decide what you can sell or do without. Consider donating all your old clothes and excess furniture to a thrift store.
- Call your cell phone provider to be sure they offer coverage in the Killeen, Ft. Hood, and Austin area. Odds are you won’t have any issues, but if you do, research the best providers in your new area.
- Set up an appointment with your cable TV and internet provider for your day of arrival or shortly afterward so you can set up your service as soon as possible!
- Use a cost of living calculator to show you how far your salary will go in your new region. Consider housing costs, food, utilities, gas prices, and other miscellaneous expenses.
- Clean all laundry in advance, and have your any rugs or curtains cleaned professionally.
- Call ahead to schools and doctors’ offices in your new area and find out exactly what paperwork and info your family will need to transition smoothly.
- Identify where the nearest hospitals, pharmacies, supermarkets, barbers, etc. are relative to your new home.
- Notify your health and car insurance companies of your change of address, and be sure your coverage crosses state lines.
- Make sure you have plenty of boxes – you can never have too many!
- Buy a small toolbox and a first aid kit to keep out during the move – you never know when they might be needed.
- Use suitcases to pack clothes and linens.
- Put all heavy items at the bottom of boxes, with lighter items on top.
- Pack dishes sideways, never flat. Wrap them up individually with old newspaper or foam sleeves.
- Label boxes by room, but never by item. Listing any expensive items on the box is a definite no-no.
- No half-empty boxes! Use towels or packing paper to fill empty space.
- Use your awesome Tetris skills to pack your moving truck as efficiently as possible. You don’t want to leave anything behind and have to pay costly shipping expenses!
After Moving to Texas
- File an official change of address. You can do that here.
- Update your credit cards, online shopping, and other bills with your new address.
- Go to the DMV to apply for:
- A new driver’s license.
- A new ID (if you don’t drive).
- A new registration.
- New license plates.
- A new vehicle title.
- Register to vote by contacting the Elections Division of the Secretary of State (after you get your driver’s license).
- Forget about state income taxes – Texas doesn’t have any. In fact, Texas is one of the best states in the nation for small businesses and entrepreneurs!
Figuring Out Your New Area
Once you’re settled in the Austin, Killeen, or Ft. Hood area, you’ll want to start exploring.
But first, take a few deep breaths and relax. You’ve just gone through a big change, and you deserve a rest!
When you’re ready, research your local sports teams, art scene, music venues, and restaurants. Texas (especially the Austin area!) has huge cultural variety to experience. And don’t feel like you have to try everything at once – start planning ahead, and explore a little bit at a time.
If you’re reading this after you’ve reached your new home, congratulations! Successfully relocating to another state is a great accomplishment, and moving to Texas is the beginning of a whole new adventure for you and your family.
But if you’re at the beginning of your journey or at any other point in your life, you may still be uncertain about the moving process. If you have any questions about moving to Texas, or about real estate in the Killeen, Ft. Hood, or Austin area, you can always seek out a real estate agent like me! I’d be more than happy to help address any concerns you might have – so contact me today!