10 Musts When Moving From Minnesota To Iowa

10 Musts When Moving From Minnesota To Iowa

January 15, 2024

Transitioning from one state to another within the US brings its unique set of distinctions. Despite Iowa being just 400 miles from Minnesota, there are specific rules, regulations, and laws governing aspects like driving licenses, taxes, and more.

To ensure your move is as fulfilling as possible and avoid surprises, here are some essential guidelines to follow when moving from Minnesota to Iowa. These key steps will not only prepare you thoroughly for the move but also contribute to a smoother settling process.

1.    Prepare a checklist

First, jot down the tasks you need to complete in the coming days. Take a pen and paper, or use a mobile app (like Evernote) to make a note of all the things related to your move.

This could involve sorting the junk, packing the essentials, clearing the dues (rent, electricity bill, water bill, internet bill, etc.), booking a moving company, and so on.

2.    Compare the tax rates

Will you be paying more taxes in Iowa compared to Minnesota? Knowing the difference in tax rates in both cities is indeed necessary.

Talking about the income tax rates, Iowa has nine tax brackets, whereas Minnesota has only four. This makes the Iowa tax regime more flexible and accommodating for low-income groups.

The sales tax in Iowa is 6%, the local sales tax is 1%, and the combined state tax is 6.94%.

Aerial image of single family homes in Bettendorf Iowa USA

3.    Update the address on the driver’s license

Once you have moved to Iowa, you must update the address on your driving license. You need to schedule an appointment at any of Iowa’s driving license centers.

For this, no proof of a new residential address is required, as the Iowa DOT will electronically verify it. You need to pay $10 as a fee for a replacement license.

4.    Start decluttering and packing some of the items

Play an active role in overseeing the handling of your belongings instead of relying solely on the moving company to manage everything. You might want to declutter before handing over your items. Get rid of old furniture and artifacts if they are no longer in use.

It’s also best to start segmenting your belongings. This will help in boxing them according to labels. For instance, keep all the delicate items separate, all your clothes in another corner, and so on. This will also prevent mixing kitchen items with laundry room essentials. This makes the packing easier and more organized.

Less time and more work may create chaos and urge you to leave some of your favorite things behind. Therefore, start packing at least a week or so in advance so there is no room for last-minute haphazard.

5.    Find a suitable neighborhood

Settling in a new city revolves a lot around your job. If you already have a job, settling in would be easier. You will have a brief idea of the neighborhoods closer to your workplace. If not, you can easily shortlist the best neighborhoods near it.

Know about these neighborhoods with the help of Google and Google Maps. You can also see the properties available for rent using local rental services by joining Facebook groups. Though Iowa is one of the safest cities in the US with low crime rates, you can always be safer and consider the crime rates in your chosen area before making a final decision.

If you have kids, consider the proximity to schools in the area before finalizing your new residential address.

Des Moines Iowa skyline in USA with The Pioneer of the former territory statue.

6.    Start researching local Iowa services

Prepare in advance. It won’t hurt to start familiarizing yourself with the Iowa local services ahead of time. Once you have moved to your new home in Iowa, you will need access to essential services like grocery stores, laundry services, landscaping services, electricians, plumbers, healthcare providers, and a lot more.

You can start early and connect with the community there. You can Google to research essential contacts or have a talk with your new neighbors.

You should also look for nearby schools, conveyance facilities, play areas for kids and pets, and other possible requirements. If you must enroll your child in school, you may further research the school grading system, enrolment process, student-to-teacher ratio, and the best public and private schools in Iowa.

7.    Inform your connections about the move

Give your pals and family a heads-up about your move—it might actually come in handy. Keeping them in the loop lets them reconnect or find new pals in the city you’re headed to.

Having a familiar connection in a new city is a real game-changer. It’s like having a safety net that eases your mind. Plus, these connections can speed up your settling process by handling crucial stuff ahead of time. And hey, you’ll also have a reliable go-to person for emergencies.

8.    Settle the dues and stop the subscriptions

Amidst all the chaos, it’s easy to overlook canceling your ongoing subscriptions—whether it’s for a newspaper, magazine, or newsletter. This isn’t something you can handle last minute. Plan ahead.

If you’ve made an advance payment, try to score a refund (if they’re cool with that). For those on a monthly payment plan, halt the subscription a month before your move. It’s a savvy move to save some bucks and cut down on unnecessary waste.

Old Capitol building downtown Iowa City

9.    Review insurance policies

A new city comes with new challenges and unprepared circumstances. Having proper insurance policies makes you safer and more prepared. Will your current insurance policies work in Iowa? Contact your insurance provider for assurance.

Health and auto insurance are two of the most vital ones you shouldn’t move without. Make sure your current policies are functional in the state of Iowa. If not, have your coverage renewed before moving.

10. Book a reputed moving company

This is a vital step in the moving process. You should start researching the top moving companies at least a month or more in advance.

Once you have shortlisted the moving companies in your area, get a free quote and understand the moving process they follow. Ask them about their storage services and any other essential questions you have. Make sure they can help in moving your vehicle if you have one.

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