Interstate Moving to Tulsa--Keeping Your Sanity Within the Lines

Moving - Planning a Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Relocating to a new house is a big deal, but when your new home is in a new state, there are lots of different items to understand along with the normal "Where's the dry cleaners?" dilemma. Whilst your interstate move to Tulsa could be just a couple of miles, as a new resident there are lots of things that will be different from your previous home--so have this cheat sheet nearby when you're organizing your life going forward.

For those who have purchased a new home you may have been to the location and spent some time on the web becoming familiar with the new community, checked out schools, and identified the nearest coffee shop. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Tulsa--the statigic planning and details that are so easily lost amongst the angst of the stacks of cartons.

Identify Your Budget

Moving is costly. If your move is corporate and it's not on your own dollar, skip in front of the class. Should you be paying the expenses, be aware that all moving companies aren't the same and do your homework before you decide how to take care of a move and which company to engage. Ask for recommendations, but confirm the company you decide on is part of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number should be on their website and moving trucks). The Better Business Bureau is yet another great source of quality moving companies in Tulsa.

Figure out your budget for the move before beginning. 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 offer a variety of services so you can pick and choose which ones you need. This is an excellent strategy to use if you're confident boxing the main things, but want assistance with such things as electronics and antiques.

Professional companies will not give you a price quote with no knowledge of everything that you will be moving and how far. Therefore, schedule an in-home survey and tell the estimator precisely what you are planning on moving. Be sure to obtain a written estimate, look it over carefully and ask questions should there be figures or particulars which might be puzzling.

Prepare Your Packing

It's like eating an elephant, take it one bite-or box-at the time. Start off purging whenever you find out you are moving to Tulsa. If you haven't made use of it or put it on in six months’ time, donate it, sell it, or dispose of it. If your movers are boxing for you, it can be a lot less complicated to be ruthless with the purge when you determine that something is worth paying some other person 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 winter boots with your next door neighbor. They will be useful any time you visit and be absolutely worthless in place where 65 degrees is viewed as a cold snap. Pack up your out of season apparel and toys to begin with, and work your way to the essentials. A couple of days prior to the move itself, pack a duffel bag with the essentials for the day or two you are in transit.

Moving with PetsHauling the Transportation

For anybody who is moving across the country and traveling by air with your family members, ensure you let the movers know they're going to be hauling automobiles, boats, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it has to go on the moving truck unless you are driving it. Anytime animals are part of the household, sometimes it is practical for a couple of you to drive with the animals. Confer with your veterinarian and check with airlines regarding pet policies when you first find out you are moving. Additionally, synchronize with the movers relating to the time allocated for travel, particularly if you're going by plane. If your furniture and TV are a full week behind, you'll need a place to stay in the interim, and the sooner you put together those strategies the better, particularly with family pets involved.

M-Day Minus Fourteen and Counting

The last few days before you close the door for the final time is a flurry of activity, you need to mark these items off your list. 

  • Confirm current utilities are transferring or turning off the day after your move. In case you're in a cold local climate on either end, try to ask your realtor to take a look for broken water lines at the new home in Tulsa--that's not much of a welcome home for anyone.
  • Verify 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. You can change your address online and get a new PO box, but bear in mind that the Post Office designates you a box and it is generally on the bottom row. It is best to go in once you've moved and pick one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of essential paperwork, put them in a file folder with you throughout the interstate move itself. This includes prescriptions, immunization documents for the children and pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and everything else you might need to get your hands on quickly.
  • Schedule the cable/internet guy for as soon as feasible. Don't fret if their visit coincides together with the movers; they're accustomed to operating around boxes. It is an occupational hazard for promising to appear at any time inside a five-hour window. 


There are certain things that wisdom dictates should not go on a moving truck. For anybody who is nervous about driving with a full gas can for the garden tractor in the car, ponder loading a moving truck with lawn equipment, fertilizer, and bleach and starting off cross country to Tulsa. So, in the event you require a reminder, here are a few things that movers aren't capable to transport. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleansers, paint and paint thinner, nail polish (honestly) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • perishable foodstuffs
  • houseplants--states have polices about adding new types in an effort to avoid new infestations and fungi. There is no border patrol reviewing your automobile or trucks to take your caladiums, but you don't want to be the person who shipped in the aphids that killed off the neighborhood plants.
  • Cash, fine jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies will not be responsible for assets like this. 

Set up Domicile

Meaning letting the new state know you're arriving. You should begin paying taxes in your new state the moment the ink dries on your new mortgage loan. Let your accountant know you're moving--some states might not have state income taxes! Each individual state has their particular tax rates, regulations, and assorted one of a kind regulations. Check your new state's website for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, and various arcane legal issues you will need to know. Once you've moved you'll need new drivers’ licenses and car tags--check to find out what the grace time is for new occupants. In many states you are able to register to vote at the DMV; again, check the state website to determine the deadline for signing up to be a good citizen.

And, now that you've got this interstate move to Tulsa figured out, think about the critical stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.