Getting Ready to Move to Virginia
The Commonwealth of Virginia, one of the original 13 colonies that became the first U.S. states, is an excellent place to visit and an even better place to live. Whether you’ve been drawn in by the charm and economic robustness of the Virginia Beach area, or you’re relocating to Northern Virginia to work in our nation’s capital, or you’ve simply fallen for the beauty of The Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia’s west, SmartMove stands ready to help you plan and execute your upcoming move to Virginia.
Pulling off a worry-free move to Virginia can require a serious amount of advance planning and preparation. With all the handy, easy-to-use moving tools and checklists available from SmartMove, you can get out in front of organizing and planning for your move.Whether you’re relocating to a rental or purchasing your own home in Virginia, SmartMove can help. Read on for your complete guide to moving to Virginia.
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Help and Services for Moving to Virginia
When it comes to the physical work of actually moving to Virginia—packing your household goods, loading a truck or trailer, transporting everything you own safely, and unpacking—you have many options these days. Some elect to do part or all of the work themselves, saving money while enlisting the help of friends and family. If that sounds great to you, look for a truck rental business in your area that offers truck rental, trailer rental, or pod rental and shipping to Virginia.
If, however, you prefer to have help with anything and everything from packing to loading and transport to unloading, begin your search by checking out moving companies with offices near your current location that provide service to Virginia.
Once you’ve figured out what your options are, invest some time in reading online reviews from prior customers of the possible companies you may hire. Look for insight into how they handle customer service, the move itself, and potential disputes involving any damage incurred during the move. SmartMove has a handy tool that can help you find and compare moving companies with ease.
Once you’ve narrowed the field of potential moving companies down to a few finalists, solicit estimates so you can compare relative prices and services available for your move to Virginia. Then, once you’ve made your choice, ask your moving company to provide you with a bill of lading or other form of legally binding contract.
Do not confuse a contract or bill of lading with an order for service. Both types of documents may contain similar language, but an order for service, or estimate, is not legally binding and will not protect you from overages and other issues such as damages that occur during the move.
Regardless of how you end up handling the physical aspects of moving, make sure you talk with your current or prospective employer about their relocation assistance program or policy. The costs associated with moving for a job often can be partially or completely underwritten by your employer.
Also, make sure to keep all receipts for any moving-related expenses you occur on your way to Virginia. When the next tax season comes around, present the receipts to your tax professional to see if you qualify for a deduction or credit related to the move.
Internet Services in Virginia
Having WiFi in your home is a priority. Broadband Internet is available from several providers throughout the state of Virginia with varying degrees of availability depending on location.
High-speed Internet is important for a variety of reasons. It allows people to work from home, telecommute, and conduct business without having to commute to an urban area. Additionally, high-speed Internet is required for many online jobs, distance learning courses, and streaming services such as Netflix.
Having reliable download speeds and upload speeds is key to a good experience with any of these activities. Most providers in Virginia offer download speeds of 25 Mbps, 50 Mbps, or 100 Mbps.
A strong Internet connection for your home Internet is important because it can save you time and money. It allows you to work from home, which saves on commuting costs and time.
Internet plans will have different pricing based on the download speeds. The higher the download speed, the more expensive the plan will be. The faster the Internet connection, the better quality you can expect when streaming movies or working from home.
The best internet will have high download speeds, no data caps, and low prices. Home WiFi is an important investment, and you should evaluate your options before making a decision.
One of the most important things to consider when choosing an Internet service provider is availability. Not all providers are available in all parts of Virginia. Some providers may have better coverage in urban areas while others may have better coverage in rural areas.
Internet providers will also offer different features and benefits. Some providers may have bundles that include TV or phone service. Others may have special deals for new customers. It’s important to compare all the features and benefits before making a decision.
Cable Providers Available in Virginia
Armstrong, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Mediacom, and Suddenlink all offer cable service, including TV and Internet service, in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Moving your existing service—if you’re already with one of these providers—or setting up service with a new provider is extremely easy with the help of SmartMove.
SmartMove can help you transfer existing service if your current cable provider also services your new address, so you can move with your own equipment. In some cases, you may even be able to get your new service turned on in advance of your move-in date, so you are ready to plug in while you’re unpacking and can enjoy all the cable service on which you’ve come to rely, starting on your very first day in Virginia.
Watching live TV is a popular way to stay entertained, informed, and up-to-date. On-demand is an add-on feature that lets you watch movies and TV shows whenever you want. DVR is another add-on feature that allows you to record your favorite shows to watch later.
Cable providers offer different channels, so it’s important to choose the right provider for your needs. TV channels are often bundled with Internet and phone service, so you can get all three services from one provider. TV packages can also be customized, so you can add or remove channels as needed.
Finding the right TV services is easy with SmartMove. Channel lineup cards are available for all the providers in Virginia, so you can compare and find the right provider for your needs. Local channels are also available in most areas, so you can keep up with news and events in your community.
Not all providers are available in all parts of Virginia. Some may have better coverage in urban areas, while others may have better coverage in rural areas.
A reliable modem and router are important because it can save you time and money. A good modem will have high download speeds, no data caps, and low prices. A good router will have a strong signal and be able to connect multiple devices.
Streaming apps like Hulu and Netflix are a great way to watch movies and TV shows. But you need a good internet connection to use them. Basic cable packages usually include a few streaming channels, but you may need to upgrade to a more expensive package to get all the channels you want. Smart TVs are a good option if you want to watch streaming content on your TV. Most Smart TVs have built-in streaming apps for popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. TV streaming is a popular way to watch TV shows.
TV providers will also offer different features and benefits. Some providers may have bundles that include TV or phone service. Others may have special deals for new customers. It’s important to compare all the features and benefits before making a decision.
Phone Services in Virginia
Having a phone plan with unlimited data is important if you want to stay connected. Most phone plans will have a data cap, so it’s important to know how much data you need before you sign up for a plan.
Watching your favorite shows and movies on your phone or tablet is a great way to stay entertained while you’re on the go. But you need a good data plan to do it. Most cell phone plans include some data, but it may not be enough if you want to watch a lot of videos. You can usually buy more data if you need it.
Home phones are less popular, but that doesn't mean people don't use them. Many people use home phones for important calls like job interviews or doctor’s appointments. It’s important to compare all the features and benefits of each provider before you make a decision.
Find the Right Providers in Virginia
SmartMove helps you find the right providers in Virginia so you can get the services you need. We have information on all the providers in Virginia, so you can compare and find the best one for your needs.
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