Key tasks to take care of beyond just packing up your belongings and hiring a mover or truck.
Now that you have a new address, mail your change of address notice to the post office! Don't forget to apply for a new voter registration card and complete a change of address form for your driver's license (you can download one at www.txdps.state.tx.us and mail it in).
- Electric, Water, & Sanitation: City of Austin (512) 494.9400 or via e-mail at www.coautilities.com
- Cable Television: Time Warner (512) 485.5555; Grande Communications (512) 220.4880
- Gas: Texas Gas Service (800) 700.2443
Do not transport your pets much farther than they have traveled in the past without consulting your veterinarian. To transport animals by air, you need an airline-approved animal carrier. A moving company can inform you of any state regulations for pet entry, vaccination or quarantine procedures. Ask about regulations, licenses, tags, etc. for pets. Also, do not forget to obtain a copy of your pet's medical records.
Keep detailed records of all moving expenses if your move is job related. Many expenses, including house-hunting trips, are tax deductible. If your move is 35 miles or more from your home, you can deduct your family's travel expenses, including meals and lodging; the cost of transporting furniture, other household goods and personal belongings; food and hotel bills for up to 30 days in the new city if you have to wait to move into your new home; and the costs associated with selling your old home or leasing your new home.
Note: There is a ceiling on deductions which is outlined in detail in the IRS's Publication 521, "Tax Information on Moving Expenses," available free from the IRS offices.