texas movers checklist

It’s easy to forget a thing or two along the way when you’re moving. So here's a little guide to keep you on track. Good luck and happy moving!

6-8 weeks out

  • Put together a budget.
  • Figure out what you want to take with you and what you can sell, donate or dump.
  • Start packing. You can find boxes and supplies at retail stores, moving companies and storage units.
  • Schedule movers or reserve moving equipment. Try to avoid weekends and the last day of the month if you use movers, since those are peak times.
  • Schedule to turn off your current utilities and look for providers in your new area. You can start or transfer service with us easily.

2-4 weeks out

  • Change your address and notify your credit card company, car loan provider, insurance agent, etc.
  • Pack most of your stuff.
  • Safely dispose of any hazardous materials (surplus paint, solvents, etc.) – especially if they're flammable.
  • Service your car if you’re driving far to your new home.
  • Inspect your current home and make a list of repairs.
  • Double-check and confirm your arrangements.

1 week out

  • Clean out your fridge and consider donating what you can to a local food bank.
  • Arrange for child/pet care for moving day.
  • Pre-pack suitcases.
  • Clean your current home and do some laundry.

Moving day

  • Pack bed linens in dresser drawers for ease of moving.
  • If using a moving company, be available to supervise the process and get copies of shipping documents.
  • Take a deep breath, relax and get moving!

Bonus tips

  • Pack a first night box or an overnight bag.
  • Pack plates vertically. They’re less likely to break.
  • Pack your hung clothes using a large trash bag from the bottom up if you don’t have a wardrobe box.
  • Use towels and linens to wrap your breakables – it saves money and space.
  • Take pictures of your valuables and make sure you know your moving company’s policies about damages.

If you’re from out of state, welcome to the great state of Texas! You’ll have plenty to see and do here, but first things first. Here’s what you should plan to get done in your first 30 days:

  • Apply for a Texas driver’s license with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
  • Get your vehicle inspected. You can this done at oil change stations, mechanic shops and service stations – find the nearest one to you. You’ll need proof of car insurance.
  • Get your vehicle registration sticker and license plates. Go to your local county tax-assessor collector’s office with your insurance card, proof of inspection and proof of car ownership (like a registration or title from your previous state). Find out more.
  • Register to vote.
  • Consider ordering a toll tag to save yourself money if a toll road is necessary to your daily commute.

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