Stress can be a lot like working your way through water, if you aren’t prepared, and just jump in, you’ll have to exert a lot of effort to swim across yourself. But if you plan for the rivers in your life, you can bring a canoe and cross it without overloading yourself with stress. And what is one of the most common causes of stress in our life? Moving. Why? Because it often means a new job, a new place, a new set of people to meet, new schools and so many things to set up. These are the things that everyone thinks about when they move. And while we’re here to help with any moving you may have to do, if you can prepare for the rest of it, you will take a load off of yourself.
Set Up Electricity
One of the first things you will have to do when you get a new place is set up is an electric account with the local city or power co-op. You should do research in advance before moving so you know where you will need to pay, and how much your deposit will be. This number can often increase if you have utility debt, since it’s something that normally reflects on your credit once you set up monthly payments.
A New Driver License and Registration
When you move to a new state, it is normally the law that you must get your driver’s license changed to your new state. This also may apply when moving within the same state; but the limit can sometimes be longer than 60 days to change your address. For vehicles, you will need to get a new inspection and a new registration, as every state has slightly different laws regarding emission standards, quality standards, and inspection standards in general. Check with your local DPS/DMV to check applicable laws.
Forward Your Mail
You can have the Post Office auto-forward any mail sent to your old address to your new one. Forgetting to do this will lead to a lot of headache as you will need to return to your old address to pick up any mail that hasn’t been forwarded. This might make for some delays at first, especially as you try to change all the bills you receive to your new address. Which brings us to our next point.
Change Your Billing/Mailing Address
For any monthly payments, any jobs, any investment or bank accounts you will need to be sent to the new address. This can be offset by forwarding, but that shouldn’t be your only solution; you should always be proactive and inform the services that use your current address to reflect you new address.
Check Local/State Tax Rates on Property and Income
This one speaks for itself. There can often be changes in tax rules depending on the locale, with varying amounts meaning you will have to save varying amounts. By checking the local property and income tax, you can prevent yourself from any hardships that you may encounter later down the line.
Have Your Children’s School and Family’s Doctor Records Forwarded
If you do not know who your new doctor will be, the sending of records can often be done online. But for school records, often times they will want you to pick up the records in person(depending on the school), or you will need to stop by to let them know where to send the records.
Contact Your Local Fort Worth Movers
Hopefully this list helps take some of the stress out of moving! Contact your local Fort Worth moving company for more moving information.