Houston Movers’ Texas Post-Move Relocation Guide

Houston Movers’ Texas Post-Move Relocation Guide

With more than two million residents, the Houston metro area is the fourth largest in the country. This is a beautiful, eclectic, and active city that provides residents with incredible job opportunities and plenty of culture and recreation to enjoy in their free time. If you’re moving here, you’ll find that there is a lot to love! Plus, you will be a short drive away from Galveston, Kemah and other Gulf Coast locations. However, before you can get fully settled in and enjoy all that Houston offers, you will need to tackle a few important post-moving tasks.

One perk of living in Houston is proximity to the beautiful Texas Gulf Coast.
One perk of living in Houston is proximity to the beautiful Texas Gulf Coast.

Relocation can be tricky. Even after you’ve done all the packing, moved everything and started tackling the mountain of boxes that need unpacking, there are still lots of other moving-related things to get done. Our friends at Cheap Movers Houston, one of the top moving companies Houston has, helped us put together a list of some of these to-dos. Here is their guide to completing your Houston relocation:

Update Your Insurance Policy

Your insurance provides you and your loved ones with incredible benefits and financial protection. You may have life, auto, and home or renter’s insurance as well as other types of coverage. Make a list of all your insurers, and change your address with each one. Remember that your premiums may change for your auto and property insurance because of your change of address. Here are some great tips for updating insurance during a move.

Get a New Driver’s License

You will also need to make your residency in Houston official by requesting a new driver’s license. Texas driver’s licenses are issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. There are several DPS offices located in convenient locations throughout the Houston area. Ensure that you bring the proper documentation with you to the DPS by reviewing the requirements online as a first step.

You'll soon learn that in Texas, high school football is a big deal, no matter where your child is enrolled.
You’ll soon learn that in Texas, high school football is a big deal, no matter where your child is enrolled.

Notify the Post Office

It is important that you continue to receive all your mail, and the post office can facilitate this process. You can simply visit the post office’s website to file a change of address or mail forwarding form. This will provide you with mail forwarding service for several months. When you get mail that has been forwarded to your new address, take the time to contact each sender individually to notify them of your new address.

Contact Your Creditors and Financial Institutions

You should also make a list of all the creditors and banks that you do business with. This may include credit card companies, your auto loan lender, the bank where you have a checking and savings account, your stock brokerage or retirement account broker and more. For many of these companies, you will be able to access your account online and update the information yourself in a matter of minutes. Simply go down your list item by item to ensure that all your financial contacts have updated contact information for you.

Enroll Your Kids in School

If you have children, you will need to enroll them in a local school. There are several very reputable private schools throughout the metro area, or you can choose to send your kids to public school. Because of the size of the metro area, there are numerous independent school districts including the Houston Independent School District, the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, and the Katy Independent School District, among others. You can ask your landlord or real estate agent which public schools your home is zoned for, and you can research registration documentation required by visiting that school district’s website. Typically, a birth certificate, proof of residency, and immunization records are all that is needed to enroll a child in a new school.

Life in Texas can be amazing, and most Texans would not choose to live in any other location. Walk through these simple post-moving steps, and you can sit back and relax as an official Texan.

 

FAQs About Owning and Selling Property with Mineral Rights

FAQs About Owning and Selling Property with Mineral Rights

The United States stands out as one of the few nations where ownership of mineral rights can be a big deal for property owners, especially in oil-rich areas like Texas. Unlike in most countries, U.S. property owners retain full ownership of any valuable resources below the surface of their property. While the term “mineral rights” is used to cover all resources, these could include actual minerals like gold or copper, and oil, natural gas or coal. Property owners have some big decisions to make if they find valuable resources on their land, and it is worth thoroughly understanding and exploring all the options. If you’re one of the lucky Texas landowners sitting on oil and gas reserves, here are some FAQs related to monetizing those mineral rights.

What’s the Difference Between Surface and Mineral Rights?

One important distinction in the law is the difference between surface and mineral rights. Surface rights pertain to what is placed on the land or done on the surface of the land. This includes the placement of structures, agricultural fields and so forth. Mineral rights pertain only to the valuable minerals below the surface. It may be possible for ownership of these rights to be different on the same piece of land.

In Texas, oil is big business. As the state that produces the most oil and gas, our ports are always busy exporting natural resources to other parts of the country.
In Texas, oil is big business. As the state that produces the most oil and gas, our ports are always busy exporting natural resources to other parts of the country.

This distinction means that an owner may sell or lease mineral rights without technically selling or leasing surface rights. This distinction also makes it possible to sell the mineral rights and the surface land at different times. However, the drilling company will likely still use at least some of the surface land for the placement of rigs and equipment (and they have the legal right to do so). Most companies will probably demand both surface and mineral rights at the same time.

One exception is if the drilling company can access the resources horizontally from a neighboring parcel. For example, a mine may be able to reach underground across multiple surface lots. In this case, the drilling company may not demand surface rights but can still access the resources.

What Does it Mean to Sell My Mineral Rights?

The simplest option when you discover resources on your land is to sell mineral rights to a company that will extract them. Selling gives up all ownership of the rights and any potential future profit in exchange for a large one-time payment. This gives the owner a large and low-risk payout, but they potentially lose a large amount of additional income they could get from a lease and royalties.

Is Leasing Mineral Rights Better?

A property owner also has the option to lease mineral rights instead of selling them. This has a higher risk, but generally bigger ultimate payouts.

Leasing generates continuous income in two ways. First, the company must pay the actual lease amount, which is simply rent for the land rights and entirely separate from any extraction. Second, the company must pay royalties to the mineral rights holder for all the profit from their extraction. This could generate a large amount of income for a very long time depending on the profitability of the deposit.

The downside to leasing is that it could also amount to very little income. There is no guarantee that the company will ever begin extraction. They may pay for a small lease term to survey the land and ultimately decide never to extract. The lease will end, and the owner will have missed out on the larger payment they could have gotten by selling.

Be aware that drilling for oil on your property could reduce its value.
Be aware that drilling for oil on your property could reduce its value.

How Can Extracting Minerals Affect My Property Value?

A landowner should also be aware of the effect of extraction operations on the future property value and all surrounding property values. In general, any extraction operation will decrease property value. Certain types of operation will have more effect. Fracking may result in a large decrease in property value.

It is important to be prepared for negotiation with a company that is interested in purchasing mineral rights. While laws exist to protect landowners, it still takes knowledge and understanding to get the best deal and to realize the full potential of this opportunity.