Moving to Montana Soon?
Montana, home of the Big Sky Country, is an amazing place to live, regardless of where in the state you choose to relocate. Known for the majesty of the Rocky Mountains in the west and the vastness of its open rangeland in the east, Montana has many of the other states beat when it comes to natural beauty. Whether you getting ready to move to Helena, Bozeman, Butte, or any of the other towns in between, SmartMove is ready to help you move.
Regardless of whether you’re planning to rent or purchase your new home in Montana, using SmartMove can help you plan and execute a flawless move, all while saving money on common moving-related expenses. Read on for a complete moving to Montana guide, with information on moving services, cable and utility providers in your new area, and DMV and other government agency information for Montana.
Help and Services for Moving to Montana
Finding a reliable moving company for your move to Montana can be a trying task. If you’d like to make it somewhat easier on yourself, try starting your search locally, and check out moving companies around where you live now that offer service to Montana.
Once you’ve got a list together, spend some time going through online reviews from former customers, looking into how the various companies handle customer service, dispute resolution, and the loading and transport of household items. SmartMove has the perfect tool to help you find and compare moving companies both quickly and easily.
Once you have your list of moving companies narrowed down to a small group of finalists, solicit estimates from all the companies so you can compare relative services and prices. Then, once you’ve picked a winner, make sure that you get a bill of lading or contract from that company.
Don’t confuse a bill of lading with an order for service. An order for service is merely an estimate, while a bill of lading is a legally binding contract. Keep your bill of lading in a secure place so you can refer to it during and after the move if you need to.
If, on the other hand, you choose to move to Montana on your own, saving money by renting a trailer or a truck and using your friends and family to help you pack, load, and unload, you’re in good company. Many people choose to handle the heavy lifting of moving their household on their own. Also, you might consider renting a container that you can pack and have delivered to your new home in Montana once you’ve arrived.
Regardless of how you choose to move to Montana, make sure to take advantage of SmartMove’s free, comprehensive moving checklist to help you stay organized as you get ready to move and while you’re moving.
Also, make sure to check with your current or prospective employer regarding relocation assistance. Not all companies have it, but you wouldn’t want to leave money on the table, if they do. Furthermore, make sure to track your expenses and keep your receipts for anything moving-related. Your tax professional will want the receipts at tax time, to see if you qualify for a credit or deduction.
Cable Providers Available in Montana
Depending on which part of the state you will be moving to, you may have one or more cable providers to choose from. SmartMove stands ready to help you determine your options and to get your service transferred to or started up at your new home, whether you will be going with Charter or another company.
If your current cable provider offers service in the area you’ll be moving to, SmartMove can transfer your TV, Internet, and phone service for you, often in advance of your moving day. Wouldn’t it be terrific to move into a house where the TV, Internet, and phone are already all set up in advance so all you have to do is take your equipment with you and plug it in to access all the services you’ve come to rely on?
Using SmartMove to help you set up cable service at your new home in Montana can help you cut most of the hassle out of moving your service, or setting up new service. You may even be able to cut down on the downtime of starting with a new provider, by setting things up in advance with SmartMove.
Energy Providers Available in Montana
In addition to setting up the cable prior to your move, you’ll want to make sure you’re out in front of getting your utilities set up at your new home in Montana, as well. The part of the state where you’ll be living when you relocate will ultimately determine who you get your utility services from.
In Montana, there are multiple investor-owned, public, and co-op electric utilities operating in the state, but they have specific territories, and consumers have little to no choice in who they buy their electricity from.
Customers of two of the state’s electricity providers have options when it comes to who they buy their natural gas from. If your new home is within the electricity territories of either Northwestern or Energy West power companies, you can elect to purchase your gas from another supplier and have two power bills. For more information, check out the State of Montana’s Public Services Commission website.
Contact your local utility provider and get your accounts set up in advance of your move, if at all possible. That way, when you transition into your new home, the move will be as hassle-free as it can be. If you can give your new utility companies your anticipated move-in date, they may even be able to set up new services prior to your move and help you to save some money.
Moving to Montana—DMV and Other Agencies
Keeping your move organized using the free moving checklist from SmartMove lets you focus on bigger-picture items, confident that the small details of your move are handled and won’t get lost in the shuffle. These important details include things like registering your car in Montana, and getting your Montana ID or driver’s license.
In Montana, driver’s services and vehicle registration are handled by the Motor Vehicle Division of the state’s Department of Justice. You are required to apply for a new driver’s license once you have established residency in the state. In some cases, the driver’s license examiner may waive the state’s knowledge and driving tests if you move to Montana with a valid driver’s license from another U.S. state.
Before you begin the actual move, you will also want to ensure that you’ve notified the U.S. Postal Service where to forward your mail, and that you’ve changed your address with your insurance companies, creditors, and anyone else that needs to know where you’ll be living once you get there. Thanks for checking out SmartMove’s Moving to Montana guide.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.