Getting Ready to Move to Delaware
Delaware, the second smallest of all the U.S. states, shares its peninsula with Maryland’s eastern shore. A mid-atlantic state rich in history and a financial powerhouse of the U.S., Delaware is a fantastic place to make a new home. Whether you’re planning to relocate to the bustling metropolis of Wilmington in the north of the state—within easy reach of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and the nation’s capital—or somewhere a bit more rural along the eastern seaboard, SmartMove is here to help you during the move to your next home.
Regardless of whether you’re planning to rent your new home in Delaware or will be purchasing a new place to live, your move will require careful preparation and plenty of advance planning. Using SmartMove will help make getting and staying organized easier. You can find savings on common moving expenses while using terrific free tools and moving checklists. Read on for a complete guide for moving to Delaware.
Help and Services for Moving to Delaware
The best way to prepare for your upcoming move to Delaware is to decide how much of the actual moving you’d like to do yourself. In your current area, there are most likely several businesses ready to rent you a truck, trailer, or shippable container that you can enlist your friends and family to help you pack—thereby saving a great deal of money.
If, however, you’d like to save yourself the hassle and hard work of loading, transporting, and unloading your belongings, then you’ll need a reliable moving company. SmartMove has a great tool to help you find and compare moving companies in your current area that offer service to Delaware.
Once you’ve compiled a master list of all the companies that you could hire, invest the time and energy to check out their online reviews. Look for consistent high marks for customer service, reliability, and timeliness. Weed out any companies that don’t seem like they are getting consistent, positive reviews from their customers. Once you’ve gotten the list down to a handful of finalists, solicit estimates from the contenders so that you can compare costs and services offered.
When you’ve picked a winner, make sure that you get a bill of lading and/or a final contract for services. Do not confuse a bill of lading with an “order for service”; a bill of lading is a legally binding contract, whereas an order for service is merely a formal written estimate. Keep your bill of lading in a safe location so you can refer to it throughout the move.
Make sure to save receipts for any moving-related expenses you incur. Your tax professional will likely need them when it’s time to prepare your return for the year. Your moving expenses may be deductible, or they may qualify you for a credit. Also, make sure to check with your current or prospective employer regarding their relocation assistance policy. You may be able to offset your costs by getting your boss to cover some or all of the cost of the move.
Cable Providers Available in Delaware
Delaware, after Rhode Island, is the second smallest U.S. state; even though it’s small, it still has several cable providers for you to choose from. Depending on where in Delaware you are moving, you could find cable TV service available from Mediacom, Comcast, or Charter. SmartMove is ready to help you find the cable providers available in your new area, and to help you set up new service or transfer your existing service.
If you are fortunate and your current cable provider is operating in the area where you’ll be relocating, you can do yourself the favor of having SmartMove transfer your service. In many cases, you can simply take your equipment with you when you move, and your new service will be transferred and turned on, waiting for you in your new home when you arrive. This could save you serious time and hassle of waiting for a service appointment at your new home in Delaware.
Even if you are using SmartMove to set up service with a new provider, it’s still far better to do it in advance of the move. This way, you won’t have to deal with it while you’re unpacking and attending to all other details of setting up your new home.
Energy Providers Available in Delaware
Just like with your cable provider, you’ll want to take the time and effort to set up your new utilities in advance of your move. This step saves you the hassle of trying to conduct research into your options and making the phone calls to get accounts set up, all while you’re dealing with unloading, unpacking, and setting up your new home.
In the state of Delaware, utility companies are regulated by the Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC). The two primary electric utilities in the state are investor-owned Delmarva Power; and the Delaware Electric Cooperative, but consumers in Delaware are allowed to choose a Certified Electric Supplier from whom to purchase their power. There are two investor-owned natural gas companies in the state: Delmarva Power and Chesapeake Utilities.
Moving to Delaware—Car Registration and Other Final Details
Using the handy moving checklist available at SmartMove will help you keep all the details of your move to Delaware organized—details like getting your car registered in Delaware, and getting your new state ID. The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles handles driver’s licensing and the registration of vehicles in the state. Be mindful of the fact that you have sixty days to register your car and get your new Delaware ID. The state publishes a booklet for new residents to help keep you organized.
You’ll also want to make sure that you update your address with the U.S. Postal Service, and that you update all your creditors, insurance providers, and anyone else you have regular business with before you make the big move. Now that you’ve read through SmartMove’s Moving to Delaware guide, you should have all the information and tools necessary to make the move as smooth as possible.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.