Interstate Moving to Tulsa--Keeping Your Peace of mind Between the Lines

Moving - Planning a Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Moving to a new home is a massive undertaking, however when your new house is in a new state, there are lots of different things to learn combined with the normal "Where is the dry cleaners?" query. Even though your interstate move to Tulsa could be just a couple of miles, as a new resident you will discover numerous things that differ from your previous home--so keep this cheat sheet on hand when you are organizing your life going forward.

For those who have bought a new home you've probably visited the city and expended a bit of time on the internet becoming familiar with the new neighborhood, analyzed schools, and identified the nearest coffee shop. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Tulsa--the logistics and details which can be so rapidly lost within the tension of the stacks of cartons.

Determine Your Spending Plan

Moving is expensive. In the event your move is corporate and it's 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 research your options prior to deciding the way to take care of a move and which moving company to engage. Ask for referrals, but verify the company you choose is a member of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Association (their license number will be on their website and vans). The Better Business Bureau also is a excellent resource for quality moving companies in Tulsa.

Determine your budget for the move before beginning. It can save you money by doing your own boxing and driving, and getting labor to load and unload the trucks. The majority of movers have a list of services and you can decide which ones you need. This is a great strategy to use if you are confident packing up the main things, but would like help with such things as electronics and antique items.

Trustworthy companies are not going to provide you with a price quote without knowing everything that you are moving and how far. Therefore, schedule an in-home appointment and discuss with the estimator precisely what you're intending on moving. You should definitely obtain a written quote, read it closely and ask questions in case there are figures or specifics that are confusing.

Prepare Your Packing

It really is like eating an elephant, take it one bite-or box-at the time. Start off purging once you know you are moving to Tulsa. If you haven't used the item or put it on in 6 months, donate it, sell it, or trash it. If the movers are packing up for you, it can be a lot easier to be savage with the purge when you consider if something is worth compensating another person to wrap and pack it.

Consider your new life--if you are moving from Minnesota to a warm climate, leave the polar fleece coat and winter boots with your next door neighbor. They may come in handy whenever you visit and be entirely unnecessary in place where 65 degrees is viewed as a chilly snap. Pack your out of season apparel and toys to begin with, and work your way up to the essentials. A couple of days before the move itself, prepare a duffel bag with the essentials for the day or two you're in transit.

Moving with PetsHauling the Transportation

For anybody who is relocating across the country and flying your family members, make sure you let the movers know they will be hauling vehicles, boats, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it's got to go on the moving van unless of course you're driving it. Anytime animals are part of the household, sometimes it is sensible for a couple of you to drive with the animals. Consult your veterinarian and check with airlines concerning pet policies as soon as you find out you're moving. Also, coordinate with the movers on the time allotted for travel, especially if you're going by . In the event your couch and television are a full week behind, you might need a place to stay in the interim, and the sooner you come up with those strategies the better, particularly with pets involved.

M-Day Minus 14 and Counting

The previous couple of days before you actually close the door for the last time is a flurry of activities, make sure you mark these items off your list. 

  • Confirm current utilities are shifting or turning off the day immediately after your move. If you are in a cold local climate on either end, request your real estate professional to be on the lookout for broken plumbing at the new home in Tulsa--that's not really a welcome home for anybody.
  • Verify the mail is stopped and forwarded, and that you have completed the change of home address paperwork for bank accounts, medical care, and insurance plan information. It is possible to change your home address on the internet and get a new PO box, but be aware that the Post Office assigns you a box and it's typically on the bottom row. It's better to go in after you have moved and pick one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of valuable paperwork, keep them within a file folder along with you throughout the interstate move itself. This includes prescriptions, immunization records for the children and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and everything else you may want to obtain in a hurry.
  • Schedule the cable/internet guy for as soon as feasible. Don't be concerned if their visit coincides with the movers; they are familiar with doing work around boxes. It is an occupational hazard for promising to appear whenever inside a five-hour window. 


There are some things that wisdom dictates should not go on a moving van. If you are nervous about driving with a full gas can for the garden tractor in the vehicle, contemplate loading a moving truck with lawn tools, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and heading out cross country to Tulsa. So, in case you require a reminder, here are a few items which movers are not permitted to transport. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleaners, paint and paint thinner, finger nail polish (actually) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • spoilable food
  • houseplants--states have polices about introducing new types in an effort to avoid new pests as well as fungi. There is no border patrol verifying your automobile or trucks to confiscate your caladiums, but you don't want to be the individual who shipped in the aphids which killed off the area plants and flowers.
  • Cash, expensive jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies will not be responsible for valuables like this. 

Set up Domicile

Meaning letting the new state know you'll be coming. You will need to begin paying taxes in your new state the moment the ink dries on your new mortgage. Let your accountant know you'll be moving--some states do not have state income taxes! Every state has their unique tax rates, regulations, and various distinctive regulations. Check your new state's website for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, and other arcane legal aspects you will need to know. Once you've moved you will need new drivers’ licenses and car tags--check to see what the grace period is for new residents. In many states it is possible to register to vote at the DMV; again, check the state website to determine the timeline for signing up to be a good citizen.

And, now that you have this interstate move to Tulsa under control, focus on the vital stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.