Getting Ready to Move to Alabama
There is much to recommend the state of Alabama – after all, the state is rich in history (given its reputation for being the birthplace of the civil rights movement), and in many ways, it’s also the heart of the American South. It’s little wonder why so many people elect to move to Alabama. Whether you’re moving to Huntsville in the north, the booming economic hub of Birmingham in central Alabama, or Mobile on the Alabama Gulf Coast, SmartMove is ready to help you with the variety of tasks you’ll need to accomplish in planning and executing your move.
It makes no difference if you’re relocating to a new rental in Alabama or if you are purchasing a home for your family – either way, you’ll want to make sure that you carefully prepare for your move. With the help of the great moving tools at SmartMove, you can save money on common moving expenses while you plan the perfect move. Read on for a complete guide on moving to the state of Alabama.
Support and Services for Moving to Alabama
One of the best ways to get started preparing for your Alabama move is to begin researching moving companies and other options. You’ll want to start by looking into online reviews of moving companies in your area that offer service to Alabama.
It may be best to look for a winning combination of stellar customer service, efficiency, reliability, and affordability. SmartMove has a free moving checklist and also provides access to a free online tool that will help you find and compare moving companies that serve the various cities around the state of Alabama.
Once you have the field of potential moving companies narrowed down to a handful of finalists, get them to give you estimates so you can compare their rates and services. Then, once you pick a winner, ask them for a bill of lading, which is a contract for moving services that is legally binding. Do not confuse a bill of lading with an “order for service,” which, though it typically contains similar language, is not legally binding in the same way. Keep your bill of lading in a safe place until your move to Alabama is complete.
If you want to save considerable money, then you may want to weigh the benefits of doing some or all of the labor involved with moving yourself. There are undoubtedly several companies in your current area that offer trucks, trailers, and shippable storage containers that you can rent and load up, using the labor and help of your friends and family.
Regardless of whether you do it yourself or choose to hire professionals, make sure to save all your receipts for your tax preparer, and check to see if your employer offers relocation assistance to help offset some of the costs associated with moving.
Cable Providers Available in Alabama
Regardless of which part of Alabama you’ve chosen to make your new home, you are sure to have a quality cable provider to select for your services. To learn exactly which cable service providers are operating in the area where you’ll make your new home, turn to SmartMove. We can help you set up or transfer service in Alabama with Sparklight, Charter, Comcast, and Mediacom.
Use SmartMove to move your Internet, TV, and phone service before your move and you can save yourself the extra stress of a potential delay that could come from waiting until you get to Alabama to contact your provider.
If your current cable provider offers service in the part of Alabama where you’re moving, getting set up could be as simple as transferring your services through SmartMove, and bringing your equipment along with you. Imagine being able to plug in and enjoy all the cable services you’ve come to rely on during your very first day in your new home!
Energy Providers Available in Alabama
Just as you will do with your cable provider, prior to your move to Alabama, you’ll want to do some advance work to get your utilities set up before you move. This way, you won’t have to spend the time and effort checking into your options, making calls, and setting up accounts while you’re trying to complete the hard work of unpacking your household.
Because of its proximity to Tennessee and the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in Chattanooga (just across the northern border of Alabama), much of the electric power in the state flows from the TVA. There are twenty-four electric utilities operating in the state of Alabama; some are investor-owned, some are municipal, and some are cooperatives. There are several natural gas companies serving the state, as well. The Alabama Natural Gas Association provides consumers with a handy tool to help them find their local options.
Moving to Alabama—DMV and Other State Agencies and Resources
Moving to a new state can be a very stressful experience, but with the help of SmartMove and some thorough planning, your move to Alabama doesn’t need to be overwhelming. SmartMove has a great moving checklist that can aid you in staying in front of all your Alabama moving-related tasks, like getting your new state ID or driver’s license, and registering and re-titling your cars.
Once you arrive in Alabama and establish residency, you will have a limited time in which to get your new ID and to register your car in the state. The Alabama Department of Revenue is the agency that handles ID and vehicle registration. You’ll also want to visit your local post office or change your address online before you move, so your mail can find you at your new home. Take time to notify your bank, creditors, insurance companies, and any other businesses you regularly receive correspondence from.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.