A Step-by-Step Guide for Moving to Texas

Your Ultimate Move to Texas Guide

Moving anywhere is tricky business, even just down the street. Moving to a different state, especially one as big as Texas, can become overwhelming quick!  Luckily, we’ve created this step-by-step guide to lead you through the process of moving to the Lone Star State.


Whatever your reasons for choosing the great state of Texas, you’ve made the right decision. Here you will find deep history, rich and diverse culture, great food, and an overall higher quality of life.


While it’s so tempting to dive in head first and start enjoying this new stage of life, there’s a few boring business matters to take care of before you can reap the benefits of moving to this wonderful state. Following our “Move to Texas” guide will help you through all the difficult decisions and unknowns that come with making a move like this. So, stick around, and let us guide you through this fantastic journey!

before you move

Use Our Checklist to guide you before your move

There are so many wonderful cities to choose from when moving to Texas! You can find everything from a bustling urban feel to small-town rural charm in this huge state. Here’s our top three choices that we believe has something for every kind of person.


Dallas, Texas is the nineth largest city in the United States, and the third largest city in the state of Texas. It is known for its hip, urban environment, and culturally diverse population. While there are areas of Dallas that have more of a suburban feel, we highly recommend Dallas if you’re looking for a true city environment. Public transportation is wonderful, although it is still drivable, and there is a top-rated airport very close to the city. Dallas has tons of arts and cultural activities and a buzzing nightlife. We recommend Dallas for young professionals, with active social lives, looking to embrace the urban way of life.

Fort Worth

Fort Worth was once a military base and trade post and is now one of the fastest growing cities in America, having doubled its population since 2000. It is commonly referred to as the “city of cowboys and culture” and still hosts one of the most famous rodeo shows in the country today. Fort Worth is a great choice for people looking for something in between urban and small-town living. There are many neighborhoods in Fort Worth that give you a more community-centered, spread out feeling, but with its bustling downtown city center, you won’t be missing out on big city excitement.


You may have seen this city on HGTV’s show “Fixer Upper”, but Waco is much more than just the background for a home improvement show. This quaint town is full of old-world charm, and draws visitors with its strong sense of community, bountiful nature activities, and comfortable small-town appeal. Since Waco is so close to Dallas, we highly recommend it for individuals and families that like to live life a little more relaxed, while still having easy access to the excitement of a big city. It’s also an outdoorsman’s paradise with its close proximity to water and beautiful parks and trails.

Once you’ve decided what city you’d like to settle down in, it’s time to start connecting with the experts. Attempting a move all on your own is very risky, and it’s best to consult with someone who knows the area like the back of their hand and has plentiful connections to other trusted experts and companies.

Luckily, Move to Texas can easily match you with a relocation expert who will be able to guide you through every step of your moving process. Whether it’s choosing the right neighborhood, finding a real estate agent, or hiring a moving company, let Move to Texas’s experts ease the stress and uncertainty of taking on a life change as big as this one. Let’s start a conversation to get you started!

If you’re not moving due to new employment in Texas, it’s important to find a job before taking the plunge. While the Texas job market is bountiful, the competition is still high, so it’s important to be prepared, and prove your indispensable to employers.


Some aspects to consider when hunting for a job include:

  • Make sure your resume/CV is properly optimized with the appropriate experience and keywords to get companies to notice you.
  • Don’t forget to consider commute when looking at in-person positions
  • Be sure you’ve required the proper certifications in the state of Texas, if your industry requires.
  • Lean on your newfound connections with experts. Building a network of other professionals is highly beneficial when searching for employment.

Once you have the city and job nailed down, the only thing left is finding a home! We know this is such a huge decision, especially in an area you’re not totally comfortable in it. We highly suggest finding an experienced real estate agent who can curate your options to specifically fit your needs. They will know the area and market much better, and make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. Unfortunately, some real estate agents don’t really have your best interest in mind, so it’s important to find a reputable agent who you know you can trust. Most of our experts at Move To Texas are in fact top producing leasing agents and would love to help you. Either get in contact with us now or head over to our real estate website and start browsing now.

Another professional you’ll surely need throughout this process is an expert lender. Getting a good loan can end up saving you a huge sum of money in the long run, so be sure to thoroughly vet your lender, or use our trustworthy top performing Lenders we trust.

Congratulations! Most of the difficult decisions have been made. When the time comes to complete the move, be sure that you’re fully prepared by planning ahead. Hire a trustworthy moving company to be sure that your valuables are treated with care. Pack so that all of your daily essentials are in easy-to-access boxes. That way you won’t be waking up the day after a stressful move and searching through all of your belongings to find a toothbrush and pair of sweatpants!

It’s important to contact utility companies about starting service at least 2-3 weeks before you plan to move. If it’s a service that requires installation, like alarm system or home internet, we recommend calling at least a month in advance. Additionally, be sure that your old utility providers have your new address to properly forward any lingering bills.

after you move

Checklist of things you might not think of after you move

It’s important to identify the public school your child will be attending and enroll them as soon as possible. You’ll need to bring some important documents when enrolling your kid in school.


  • Your driver’s license or real ID
  • The child’s birth certificate
  • A copy of the child’s record from the last school they attended
  • A record of your child’s immunizations or proof that the child is not required to be immunized
  • Two pieces of mail to prove address


Click here for more information on enrolling your child in Texas’s public school system.

In the state of Texas, you can drive with another state’s unexpired license for up to 90 days before you’re required to apply for a Texas driver’s license. To be sure you have all of the documentation and meet the proper requirements, the information for new Texas residents applying for a driver’s license can be found here.

It can take some time before your new house really feels like a home. Everything is still so different and new! It can be hard to truly feel like you belong. The best way to speed up this process is by filling your home with your personal style and creating a space that feels cozy and intrinsically you. To successfully achieve this, we highly recommend hiring an interior designer! These professionals can help ensure that your home is not only chic and sophisticated, but really feels like home.

Our Final Thoughts

We know moving, especially to a new state, is a very stressful situation. So, we can’t emphasize enough how much having a friendly face, who is also an expert in relocation to Texas, can improve and smooth out the entire process. Consult with our experts at Move to Texas today so you, too, can have an easy moving experience, and start enjoying your new life in this wonderful state!

Are You Ready to Make Your Move?

We can’t wait to welcome you to The Lone Star State.

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Ready To Make Your move?

We can’t wait to welcome you to The Lone Star State.

Complete the form below to book a FREE consultation call with our relocation experts today!