Getting Ready to Move to Texas
Only one U.S. state used to be its own country—Texas. Rich in biological, climatic, and cultural diversity, Texas is a place of many wonders. Regardless of which of Texas’s five major regions you’re planning to move to, you’re sure to find a fantastic new start once you arrive. Whether you’re relocating for a new job, for a change of scenery, or to retire to a warmer climate, SmartMove is here to help you during the move to your next home.
No matter whether you’re planning to rent a new home in Texas or purchase one, the move itself will require careful planning and preparation. Using SmartMove to help make things easier, you can find assistance with a wide variety of moving-related tasks. Read our guide on moving to Texas and walk through all the steps you need to take to prepare for your upcoming move to The Lone Star State.
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Preparing to Move Your Digital Life to Texas
Online and digital connections for entertainment and communication are central to modern life. SmartMove can ensure you stay connected to the most reliable Internet, cable TV and phone service providers in Texas.
Internet Services in Texas
High-speed Internet is very important for everyday tasks like online shopping, social media, paying bills, and more. All of the major providers offer service in Texas, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
WiFi and strong Internet connection speeds are now available in most public places like coffee shops, libraries, and restaurants. However, if you plan on working from home or streaming movies and TV shows often, you’ll want to make sure you have a strong and reliable home Internet connection.
Broadband Internet is widely available in Texas, with the vast majority of people having access to speeds of 25 Mbps or higher. Download speeds and upload speeds will differ depending on your location and the type of broadband connection you have. A speed test can help you determine the current speeds you have at your home.
Texas is a large and geographically diverse state, so Internet access and speeds will vary depending on where you live. Internet providers will offer a variety of different types of Internet plans, so it’s important to compare the options and find the best one for your needs.
WiFi with no data caps is becoming increasingly common, but it’s still important to be aware of how much data you are using. If you exceed your data limit, you may be charged additional fees or your speeds could be throttled.
Cable Providers Available in Texas
Texas is the second largest state in the U.S. Because it is so large, it has five distinct geographical regions. Each of these regions—North Texas, South Texas, West Texas, East Texas, and Central Texas—is served by a slightly different group of Internet, TV and phone service providers. Depending on where you are moving, you could find cable TV service available from Xfinity from Comcast or Charter Cable.
Find the right TV packages for you and your family in Texas.TV packages in Texas vary depending on the geographical region of the state in which you live. In general, the major providers offer a variety of channels, including local channels, HD channels, and premium channels. You can also find TV packages that include sports channels, movie channels, and international channels.
Streaming services are a popular alternative to traditional cable TV, and there are several different options available in Texas. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Sling TV are all widely available.
A reliable modem and router are very important because they are responsible for delivering the Internet signal to your devices. If you have a weak or unreliable connection, you will likely experience buffering and slow speeds when streaming video or working online. A good modem and router can help to improve your Internet speeds and make your online experience much more enjoyable.
On-demand is an add-on service that allows you to watch TV shows and movies whenever you want. Many cable providers offer this service, and it can be a great way to catch up on your favorite shows or to watch new releases.
Streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video offer a great way to watch TV shows and movies without a traditional cable TV subscription. These services are very popular because they are convenient and easy to use.
Phone Services in Texas
Finding the perfect phone service starts with a data plan that meets your needs. The average person uses about 2GB of data per month, but if you stream a lot of videos or download a lot of music, you may need more data.
Once you’ve found the right data plan, you can choose from a variety of phone plans that fit your budget and include the features you want, such as unlimited talk and text, international calling, and more.
Moving to Texas: Resources and Support
In addition to getting your digital life in order, you’re also going to need to get from your current location to your next one. Here are some tips about the physical act of moving to a new location in Texas.
How to Choose a Moving Company
If you’ve decided to hire a moving company, then it’s important to do your research far enough in advance to reserve their services. About six months before your move date, begin to research what companies are available both where you are and where you’re headed. SmartMove has a free online tool to assist you in finding and comparing moving companies that serve the state of Texas.
Once you know which companies can do the move, narrow your list down further based on reviews. Look for excellent customer service, affordability, and reliability. Once you’ve made a choice, reserve their services. Then check out SmartMove’s free moving checklist to get ready for the rest of your moving to Texas adventure!
How to Move Yourself
If you’re looking to save money when you move to Texas, or you just enjoy the feeling of being in charge of all your belongings from point A to point B, moving yourself is a great option. Here are a few questions to ask before you decide to move yourself:
- Do your friends and family really want to help carry boxes and furniture?
- Are you, your friends and family in good physical shape to handle moving?
- What’s your plan in the event of bad weather or mishap?
Remember, too, that you can always hire local movers to help out at the start and/or end of your journey, too.
Whether you move yourself or hire a professional moving company, don’t forget to save your receipts for your tax preparer. If you’re relocating for work, ask your employer if they reimburse moving costs.
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