Moving to Oklahoma? From an affordable cost of living and housing to cultural diversity and the world’s best barbecue, Oklahoma offers a lot! Read on for some moving advice and a Moving to Oklahoma checklist!
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Prepare for Moving to Oklahoma ASAP
The thing about moving is that it’s not just a single task but a lot of smaller and often essential tasks. You can get some of them done at the last minute, but who wants the stress?
In other words, you need to start planning and preparing for your move to Oklahoma as soon as you can. Moving experts say you should start planning a long-distance move at least two months ahead of time. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to take care of all the tasks we’ll talk about in a moment.
Moving to Oklahoma Checklist
Below is a comprehensive list of all the things you need to do before moving to Oklahoma. We’ve put the crucial tasks near the top, but all of them are important. Just FYI, some, like packing and sorting through your things, will take a few days or even weeks to complete. (That’s why starting early is essential.)
1. Get a Few Mover Estimates for Moving to Oklahoma
If you’re going to have a moving company move you to Oklahoma, start getting estimates right away. This is especially urgent when moving during the summer, as that’s a busy time for movers. If you wait till the last minute, you might find that they can’t accommodate your moving dates.
We suggest getting at least 3 estimates but no more than 5. That way, you’ll have plenty of information to compare but not so much that it gets confusing and frustrating. Once you’ve chosen a mover, be sure to lock in your pick-up and delivery dates. Our recommendation; select a mover that will give you guaranteed pick-up and delivery dates. (At the very least, though, one that will provide a guaranteed window of time for both.).
2. Call Truck Rental Companies and Compare Prices
If you plan to move on your own, you need to arrange a rental truck as soon as possible. That way, one will be ready and waiting on moving day. As with movers, this is crucial during the busy summer months. While you’re at it, you might wish to start asking friends and family for help. (Make sure to offer food and beer as an incentive!)
3. Reserve a Storage Unit While Moving to Oklahoma
If you haven’t purchased a home or rented an apartment, a storage unit in Oklahoma is essential. That way, when you arrive, you’ll have an affordable and safe place to put all your things. Many folks do this to be able to take their time and find the best Oklahoma neighborhoods and schools. At SecurCare Self Storage, you can rent an Oklahoma storage unit online in under 10 minutes.
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4. Decide What to Keep, Sell, Donate and Throw Away
This is a crucial step many folks skip and regret later. Here’s the thing; movers charge by weight and cubic feet. The more your things weigh and the more space they take up, the more your move will cost. That’s more or less true for a moving truck, also. With fewer things, you’ll need a smaller truck and thus pay less for it.
The best way to do this is to go through all of your stuff starting as early as possible. That way, you don’t have to do it all at once. Your job; decide what to keep, sell, donate and throw away. You should, of course, keep things you use and enjoy all the time. Slightly used items can be donated, and anything that’s junk should be tossed. You can also sell stuff you don’t want but still have a high value. (Facebook Marketplace is a great choice.)
5. Start Gathering Packing Material and Start Packing
Packing is an incredibly tedious and time-consuming task, especially if you have a lot of stuff. If you’re doing it yourself, you should purchase packing material and start packing ASAP. Things like boxes, tape, packing paper, and bubble wrap are essential. By the way, YouTube has hundreds of how-to videos on packing that are very helpful.
6. Gather Important Paperwork and Documents
You don’t want to leave your old home without gathering all your necessary paperwork and documents. Some of the most critical include:
- Medical and dental records
- Veterinary records
- Licenses including marriage licenses and professional licenses
- Your children’s school transcripts
- Retirement and investment records
- Birth certificates, passports, and Social Security cards
- Driver’s license records and vehicle registration records
- Titles for things like cars, boats, etc.
7. Shut Off Your Old Utilities & Set Up New Ones
You likely have several utilities and services in your current home that need to be disconnected. You’ll also need to reconnect them in your new Oklahoma home or apartment. Some of the most relevant include:
- Internet services
- Cable TV
- Gym, golf, and other memberships
- Change your address or forward your mail
Have a Successful Move to Oklahoma!
Here at SecurCare Self Storage, we know moving is stressful. If you need help with storage when you arrive, we’re ready! We have many self storage locations in the Sooner State with clean, safe, and secure storage units ready to go!