Moving isn’t always peachy


Looking back over my twisting path towards adulting the right way, it makes me a bit angry that there aren’t many options of getting better prepared. I’ll forever be angry at my high school for not having a mandatory class like “How to do your taxes” instead of forcing me to run laps around the school. Or a class like “How to keep track of your credit score” instead of sewing one pillow case in sewing class. Better yet, a class that talks about “What to do when you move to a different state” because man, I wasn’t prepared for all the stuff I had to do.

Moving isn’t as simple or glamorous as most people make it seem, by people I mean books, movies, comics, and all the like. Moving is so complicated and there are SO many steps. I had this rose colored vision in my mind that we’d move down here, giggle while unpacking, trounce around the neighborhood petting random animals, and galavant around getting to know the area. While all of these things did occur, what I wasn’t prepared for was the hassle of getting to resident status.

Did you know there are actual time limits for getting your out of state car registered? Do you know that sometimes you need to transfer titles? Do you even know what a title is? Do you know there is a time limit for getting a new license? I didn’t know anything until I sat at the Driver License Center for three hours, got up to the window all ready to get a license, and then got told “Oh no, honey, you need to do this, this, and this first….oh and it’s going to be somewhat expensive.” WHAT?! Well I mean, she was a lot nicer than that, but that was the gist of what happened.

Needless to say, moving is actually really expensive and requires an immense amount of patience and driving back and forth between different branches of the local government. (wheeze) All in all I think we’ve spent nine hours sitting in waiting rooms and we still aren’t out of the woods yet. (I expect another 3 or so in the near future)

Each state has there own laws and they are all different. Knowing what you need to do before going somewhere can knock at least 3 hours off your waiting times, so you don’t try do the last step first.

I’m not saying “don’t move” or “don’t follow your dreams”, I’m just saying. Be prepared. Know everything you need to do, the time limits, and write up a to-do list or mark days off in your calendar and don’t expect you can do multiple things in one day if the trip involves a government office. (Unless you are moving to a small town in which case you could probably do everything in one day) Also, don’t forget you are going to need all new doctors and you’ll need to figure out a new garage to take your car to and where the nearest good grocery store is and…..I’m sure there is another and, I just can’t think of it right now.

Moving isn’t easy and it certainly isn’t cheap…but it’s worth it.

By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • I'm glad I grew up in the military who took care of all that for us!

  • eep, sounds like a headache to me! sorry it's been a little rough. all that legal paper stuff can really make someone go crazy. I remember when I got married I was so nervous and scared for the paperwork, but it was actually super quick and really easy to change your name and work stuff to reflect your new name! thankfully!

    I do not plan on ever moving out of florida, but if I do, I'll be sure to have a big handy checklist ready 😉


  • thedailymiacis

    Uoh well moving trough states in USA it's like moving trough countries here in Europe. : It's not easy at all. But breath in.. and out. Count to 10 and think soon all will pass and then you can return to your routine. And yes! I'm all foward about classes that teach you how to take care of taxes, and other buracratic and obligatory stuff!

  • I'm so with you on the classes thing. Why were we not taught ANYTHING about taxes?

  • Kay

    Seriously, why DON'T they teach that stuff in high school??? Especially tax stuff…pretty much everyone I knew got their first job by the end of high school, so you'd think that would be an option for a class. Hope things smooth out for you, and you don't have to endure too many more waiting sessions in government buildings! While we have no plans to actually do it, the hubs and I have talked about just packing up and moving out of the country sometime, and I can't even imagine the headache that would accompany that.

  • They really should teach that stuff in school! I mean, you have to do all this stuff at some point, but most people aren't even prepared! Oh my gosh, moving to a different country is probably WAY harder….unless you move to Canada, for some reason I feel like that would be easier

  • Seriously! Or credit cards! Or bills! Or anything about being an adult, really!

  • For real! Just make sure you check out the drivers license center website for all the stuff you will probably have to do involving your car, along with the post office for mail forwarding!

  • I've certainly had to do a lot of deep breathing recently haha! Things are slowly getting worked out though! School really needs to teach more life lessons!

  • I am totally dreading all the marriage paperwork too! I hope changing my name goes smoothly too! 🙂 It's nice to hear that it went well for you, that makes me feel a little better about it!

  • That does sound lucky!!