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

Moving - Planning a Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Relocating to a new house is huge, however if your new house is in a new state, there are lots of different things to understand together with the normal "Where's the dry cleaners?" query. Whilst your interstate move to Killeen might be only a few miles, as a new resident you will discover numerous items that differ from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet at hand as you are coordinating your life going forward.

If you've bought a new home you've probably visited the city and expended a while on the web getting to know the new community, checked out schools, and figured out the closest coffee shop. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Killeen--the logistics and particulars that are so easily lost within the tension of the piles of cartons.

Determine Your Budget

Moving is expensive. If your move is corporate and it is not on your dime, skip in front of the class. If you are footing the costs, bear in mind that all moving companies are not created equal and do your homework prior to deciding how to manage a move and which mover to hire. Check around for referrals, but verify the company you choose is part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number is going to be on their website and trucks). The Better Business Bureau is yet another good source of top notch moving companies in Killeen.

Determine your budget for the move before you get started. It can save you money by doing your own packing and driving, and using labor to load and unload the moving trucks. The majority of movers offer a menu of services so you can decide which of them you prefer. This is a terrific strategy to use if you are comfortable packing a lot of things, but would like help with such things as electronics and antiques.

Professional companies will not supply you with a quote without knowing exactly what you are moving and how far. Therefore, schedule an in-home survey and tell the estimator exactly 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 specifics which are bewildering.

Prepare Your Packing

It really is like eating an elephant, take it one bite-or box-at the time. Start off purging once you realize you might be moving to Killeen. If you have not used it or put it on in half a year, donate it, pass it on, or throw it away. If the movers are boxing for you, it's a good deal less complicated to be ruthless with the purge when you ask yourself if an item is worth paying someone else to wrap and pack it.

Be mindful of your new life--if you're moving from Minnesota to a warm climate, leave the polar fleece coat and snow boots with your neighbor. They will come in handy when you visit and be utterly worthless in place where 65 degrees is viewed as a chilly snap. Prepare your out of season clothes and toys initially, and work your way up to the necessities. A few days before the move itself, pack up a duffel bag with the necessities for the day or two you'll be in transit.

Moving with PetsMoving the Transportation

Should you be moving across the country and flying your family members, you need to let the movers know they're going to be moving automobiles, watercraft, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it's got to go on the moving truck except if you're driving it. Whenever animals are members of your family, often it is smart for a couple of you to drive with the family pets. Talk to your vet and check with airlines about pet policies as soon as you find out you're moving. Also, synchronize with the movers on the time allocated for transportation, particularly if you are going by . If your furniture and television are a week behind, you may need a place to stay in the interim, and the sooner you put together those solutions the better, especially with pets involved.

M-Day Minus 14 and Counting

The previous couple of days before you actually shut the door for the very last time can be a flurry of actions, make sure you check these items off your checklist. 

  • Confirm present utilities are transferring or turning off the day after your move. If you're in a freezing local climate on either end, request your real estate agent to take a look for burst pipes at the new residence in Killeen--that is not really a welcome home for anybody.
  • Confirm the mail is halted and forwarded, and that you have completed the change of address forms for bank accounts, health care, and insurance plan information. You can modify your address on the web and get a new PO box, but don't forget that the Post Office designates you a box and it's generally on the bottom row. It's best to go in once you've moved and pick one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of valuable documents, hold them inside a file folder at hand over the interstate move itself. Including prescriptions, immunization records for the children and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and whatever you may want to get your hands on in a rush.
  • Schedule the cable/internet person for as quickly as possible. Don't fret if their appointment coincides with the movers; they are used to working around boxes. It is an occupational hazard for promising to show up anytime in a five-hour window. 


There are certain things that sound judgment dictates should not go on a moving truck. For anybody who is concerned about driving with a full gas can for the lawn mower in the car, contemplate packing a moving truck with lawn equipment, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and heading out cross country to Killeen. So, in case you need a reminder, below are a few items that movers are not permitted to move. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleaners, paint and paint thinner, finger nail polish (actually) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • spoilable foodstuffs
  • houseplants--states have restrictions about introducing new kinds in an effort to steer clear of new unwanted pests and fungi. There is no border patrol checking your automobile or trucks to take your caladiums, but you ought not be the individual who shipped in the aphids that killed off any nearby plants.
  • Cash, jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies won't be answerable for assets similar to this. 

Establish Domicile

What this means is letting the new state know you'll be arriving. You should begin paying taxes in your new state as soon as the ink dries on your new mortgage. Let your accountant know you'll be moving--some states might not have state income taxes! Each state has their own tax rates, regulations, and assorted unique laws. Check your new state's website for details on licensing pets, teenage drivers, along with other arcane legal aspects you'll want to understand. Once you've moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and automobile tags--check to determine what the grace time frame is for new locals. In many states it is possible to enroll to vote at the DMV; again, check the state website to ascertain the timeline for signing up to be a good citizen.

And, now that you've got this interstate move to Killeen well in hand, think about the important stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.