Interstate Moving to Little Rock--Keeping Your Sanity Within the Lines

Moving - Planning a Move

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Moving to a new home is a big deal, however if your new house is in a new state, there are lots of different items to find out along with the usual "Where's the dry cleaners?" query. Whilst your interstate move to Little Rock may well be only a few miles, as a new resident there are plenty of things that differ from your previous home--so have this cheat sheet nearby as you are arranging your life moving forward.

If you have purchased a new house no doubt you've visited the location and expended some time on the internet understanding the new area, checked out schools, and figured out the nearest bistro. Now comes the nitty-gritty of the interstate move to Little Rock--the statigic planning and details which are so easily lost within the angst of the stacks of cartons.

Establish Your Budget

Moving is expensive. In the event your move is corporate and it's not on your own dollar, skip in front of the class. If you are paying the bill, be aware that all moving companies aren't created equal and shop around prior to deciding how to manage a move and which moving company to hire. Check around for recommendations, but confirm the company you select 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 another great resource for outstanding moving companies in Little Rock.

Establish your budget for the move before you get started. You'll save money by doing your own boxing and driving, and getting labor to load and unload the moving trucks. A lot of movers have a variety of services and you may select which ones you prefer. This is an excellent way to go if you're confident packing some things, but want assistance with things such as electronics and antiques.

Reputable companies are not going to provide you with a price without knowing precisely what you're moving and how far. So, schedule an in-home survey and tell the estimator everything that you are planning on moving. You should definitely get a written estimate, look it over carefully and ask questions in case there are figures or particulars that are confusing.

Prepare Your Packing

It's like eating an elephant, take it one bite-or box-at the time. Start purging once you realize you're moving to Little Rock. In case you haven't used it or worn it in six months’ time, donate it, pass it on, or dispose of it. If your movers are packing up for you, it's a great deal less difficult to be savage with the purge whenever you ask yourself if something is worth having to pay another person to wrap and pack it.

Take into account your new life--if you're moving from Minnesota to a tropical climate, leave the polar fleece coat and winter boots with your neighbor. They'll be convenient whenever you visit and be utterly unnecessary in place where 65 degrees is considered a cold snap. Prepare your out of season clothes and toys to begin with, and work your way up to the necessities. A couple of days before the move itself, pack a duffel bag with the necessities for the day or two you'll be in transit.

Moving with PetsTransporting the Transportation

If you're moving across the country and flying your family members, ensure you let the movers know they're going to be moving vehicles, watercraft, golf carts, covered wagons--whatever's on wheels, it has to go on the moving truck except if you are driving it. Whenever animals are in the family, often it is smart for a couple of you to drive with the animals. Consult your veterinarian and check with airlines concerning pet policies as soon as you realize you're moving. Additionally, organize with the movers on the time allocated for travel, particularly if you're going by . In the event your sofa and TV are a full week behind, you'll need a hotel in the interim, and the sooner you put together those plans the better, particularly with family pets involved.

M-Day Minus 14 and Counting

The previous couple of days before you actually close the door for the very last time is a flurry of activity, make sure you check these tasks off your checklist. 

  • Confirm present utilities are shifting or turning off the day following your move. In case you're in a freezing climate on either end, request your real estate agent to check for burst water lines at the new house in Little Rock--that is not a welcome home for anyone.
  • Confirm the mail is halted and forwarded, and that you have completed the change of home address documents for bank accounts, health care, and insurance plan information. You can update your address on the internet and get a new PO box, but be aware that the Post Office assigns you a box and it is commonly on the bottom row. It is best to go in once you've moved and pick one yourself.
  • Make hard copies of important documents, keep them inside a file folder along with you throughout the interstate move itself. This consists of prescriptions, immunization records for the children and household pets, insurance cards, identification documents, and whatever you may want to get hold of in a rush.
  • Schedule the cable/internet person for as quickly as feasible. Don't fret if their visit coincides together with the movers; they are used to operating around boxes. It is an occupational hazard for promising to show up anytime inside a five-hour window. 


There are some things that sound judgment dictates shouldn't go on a moving truck. For anybody who is nervous about driving with a full gas can for the garden tractor inside the car, contemplate packing a moving van with lawn tools, fertilizer, and chlorine bleach and taking off cross country to Little Rock. So, in case you require a reminder, here are some things that movers aren't capable to move. 

  • ANY chemicals--household cleaning products, paint and paint thinner, nail polish (really) and remover, fertilizer, chemistry sets
  • perishable food
  • houseplants--states have rules about introducing new species in an effort to steer clear of new unwanted pests and also fungi. There's no border patrol examining your car or trucks to confiscate your caladiums, but you don't want to be the person who brought in the aphids which killed off any nearby vegetation.
  • Cash, jewelry, stock certificates--keep those with you; moving companies are not liable for valuable items such as this. 

Set up Domicile

This means letting the new state know you are coming. You will need to 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 don't have state income taxes! Every state has their unique tax rates, regulations, and various one of a kind laws. Check your new state's internet site for information on licensing pets, teenage drivers, and various arcane laws you'll need to know. Once you've moved you will need new drivers’ licenses and automobile tags--check to find out what the grace time frame is for new locals. In most states you can enroll to vote at the DMV; again, check the state website to figure out the timeline for signing up to be a good citizen.

And, now that you have this interstate move to Little Rock under control, think about the critical stuff--like deciding your new favorite teams.