Getting Ready to Move to Hawaii
Hawaii is a tropical island paradise, renowned for its mild climate, lush tropical forests, sandy beaches, and active volcanoes. For many, moving to Hawaii is the culmination of a long-standing dream. For others, the move is directly related to work or other new opportunities. No matter why you’re moving there, or to which of the six main islands you plan to relocate, moving to Hawaii comes with some obvious challenges beyond a normal interstate, or even cross-country, move.
It makes little difference whether you’re planning to rent a new home in Hawaii, or to purchase your own piece of paradise, the move itself will require very careful planning and preparation. Using SmartMove will help to make things considerably easier. You can find great savings on many moving-related expenses while using our tools and checklists to help you plan. Read on for a complete guide to moving to Hawaii, walking you through all the steps you will need to take to prepare for the journey.
How to Move to Hawaii
The first challenge you will face, once you’ve made the decision to relocate to the Aloha State, is figuring out exactly how to move to Hawaii. Moving to Hawaii presents one obvious challenge over moving to any of the other states—how do you get all of your household goods there? Well, you have a couple of general options. If you’d like to handle the packing and loading yourself, there are companies that can provide you with a container you can pack and have shipped to your new address after you arrive in Hawaii.
If, however, you’d prefer to pack your belongings and have the loading, transporting, and unloading handled by professionals, then you are best off working with a company that specializes in helping folks move to Hawaii. SmartMove has a free moving checklist and access to a free online tool that will help you find and compare moving services that serve the state of Hawaii.
When you have all of the potential moving companies pared down to a small group of finalists, ask for estimates on your move, so you can compare various rates and services. Then, when you’ve picked a winner, ask them for a “bill of lading,” or other formal contract. Don’t confuse a bill of lading with an “order for service.” An order for service contains much of the same language, but is just a formal estimate.
Keep your bill of lading in a safe place until your things are safely unloaded in Hawaii. Also, make sure to save receipts for all your moving-related expenses for your tax professional, and check in with your employer to see if they offer any kind of relocation assistance, as many do.
Cable Providers Available in Hawaii
No matter which of the Hawaiian Islands you’re relocating to, SmartMove is ready to help you set up new service or transfer your existing cable service. SmartMove and Charter may be able to get your service set up in advance of your move, saving you the extra stress of a potential delay that could come from waiting until you get to Hawaii to transfer or set up new service after you’ve settled.
If you’re currently with Charter, getting set up could be as simple as transferring your services through Cable Mover and bringing your equipment along with you. Imagine being able to plug in your equipment once you arrive, enjoying the service you’ve come to rely on from day one in your new home.
Energy Providers Available in Hawaii
Which island you are relocating to will determine who you get your electricity from in Hawaii. Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) serves the island of Hawaii. Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) takes care of Oahu. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) is the power company for the island of Kauai. And Maui Electric Company (MECO) handles power distribution on the islands of Lanai, Molokai, and Maui. Hawaii has only one natural gas provider, The Gas Company, which distributes gas in six districts—Hawaii Island, Honolulu, Molokai, Lanai, Kauai, and Maui.
You can identify your energy providers and get them set up in advance of your move. This will help to make your transition to the islands as seamless and easy as possible. If you can give your new utility companies a start date, you can often set up your new services to begin on the first day you occupy your new home. This will save you a lot of hassle and maybe even some money, too.
Important Hawaii State Agencies and Resources
Using the handy moving checklist available at SmartMove can help you keep your head wrapped around all of the details of your move to Hawaii. These include details like getting your car registered in Hawaii (if you’re paying to ship it there), and getting your new driver’s license. In Hawaii, depending on which county you live in, you may be able to transfer your out of state license without having to take a driver’s test. See the Hawaii DMV’s site for more information and form downloads.
You’ll also want to make sure that you’ve changed your address with the U.S. Postal Service so your mail can find you at your new home. Also, make sure to notify your bank(s), any creditors, investment companies, insurance companies, and any other entities you have accounts with or receive regular correspondence from.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.