Getting Ready to Move to Alaska
Alaska is an absolutely spectacular state, rich in both history and wilderness, that was once Russian territory and retains remnants of Russian expeditions and settlements. It is also geographically diverse and absolutely massive. It’s no great surprise that many folks feel drawn to the near-empty frontier of Alaska. Whether you’re planning to move to metropolitan Anchorage, one of the islands straddling the International Date Line, the panhandle, the North Slope or the interior, SmartMove is prepared to help you plan and pull off your move to “The Last Frontier,” Alaska.
It makes no difference If you’re planning to rent or to purchase your new home in Alaska, you’ll want to spend the time and effort to plan and prepare for all of the aspects of your upcoming move. Using all of the great moving tools at SmartMove, you can save yourself some money on many common moving expenses. Read on for a complete guide on moving to Alaska.
How to Move to Alaska
Moving to Alaska may at first seem like a logistical challenge, and truth be told, it is. That said, there are ways to plan and prepare that will help ease some of the challenges of moving such a great distance, and to such a relatively remote state. Because of the amount of distance, the only real feasible DIY way to move to Alaska is to rent a transportable storage unit or trailer. Otherwise, you’re best off working with a reputable moving company in your current area that offers service to Alaska.
Once you’ve determined what your options are, look through their online reviews, checking for a combination of great customer service, reliability, and affordability. Bear in mind that SmartMove has a free moving checklist and access to a free online tool that will help you find and compare moving companies that serve Alaska.
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 rates and services. When you’ve got a clear winner, be sure to ask them for a “bill of lading.” A bill of lading is a contract that is legally binding and protects the moving company and you.
Don’t confuse a bill of lading with an “order for service.” An order for service contains similar language, but is simply a non-legally binding estimate. Keep your bill of lading in a safe place until your things are safely unloaded in Alaska. Also, make sure to save your moving-related receipts for your tax professional, and check with your employer to see if they offer relocation assistance.
Cable Providers Available in Alaska
No matter which part of Alaska you’re relocating to, SmartMove is ready to help you set up new service or transfer your existing cable service. SmartMove and Mediacom 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 Alaska to transfer or set up new service.
If you’re currently with Mediacom, 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 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 Alaska
Just like with your cable provider, you’ll want to do some advance work to get your utilities set up prior to your move to Alaska. That way, you simply won’t have to spend the time and effort researching the local utilities in Alaska, calling in to set up your accounts, and waiting for service calls – all while you’re trying to unload and unpack your things.
It may comes as a bit of a surprise given that Alaska is a vast state, but there are relatively few utility companies to deal with. The state has two investor-owned electric companies—Alaska Electric Light & Power Company, TDX North Slope Generating Company; eleven electric cooperatives; and nine municipally or publicly owned electric systems. Depending on where you’ll be living in Alaska, you may have a few options to choose from. The state also currently has five active natural gas utilities.
Alaska State Agencies and Resources
Moving to Alaska doesn’t have to be an extremely stressful experience. With the help of SmartMove, your upcoming move to Alaska can be carefully planned and flawlessly executed. SmartMove has a fantastic moving checklist that can help you get out in front of all of the components of moving, making sure to cover all the tasks involved—tasks like getting your Alaska driver’s license or state ID, and re-titling and registering your vehicle.
The State of Alaska’s Department of Administration handles driver’s licensing, state ID, and vehicle titles and registration through its Division of Motor Vehicles. Because of the vastness of the state and its relatively small population, there are limited physical DMV locations. Much of the DMV’s business is handled online and through the mail.
In addition to the DMV, you’ll want to make sure that you notify the Postal Service of your new address so that your mail can find you once you arrive at your new home. You’ll also want to notify your bank, any creditors, your insurance companies, and any other businesses you have accounts with of your new address.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.