Getting Ready to Move to Arizona
Arizona, the Grand Canyon State, is a beautiful state full of contrasting extremes, from the arid deserts of the south to the mountains of the north. Arizona is a fantastic place to live, either part time, like the numerous snowbirds who flock there every winter, or full time. Whether you’re setting up a winter retreat or a new full-time residence, SmartMove is ready to help you get everything together for moving to Arizona.
Moving to Arizona requires careful advance planning and preparation. With the complete set of moving tools and checklists available at SmartMove, you can get your move together in no time. SmartMove can also help you get deals on common moving-expenses, while we help you handle all the details of a successful move. Read on for a complete guide for moving to Arizona; what to know before, during, and after your move lies ahead.
Help and Services for Moving to Arizona
The actual physical act of moving to Arizona can be a lot of work. There’s the packing, loading, transporting, unloading, unpacking, and organizing. Regardless of whether you’re going to do some of the work yourself and hire help, hire a company to handle everything for you, or go it alone, you’ll need to start by getting everything organized. You can use the handy moving checklist at SmartMove to accomplish this task with ease.
If you do decide to go it alone, you don’t have to do absolutely everything yourself. You can tap your friends, family, and even coworkers to lend a hand with the packing, loading, or the unloading. Look for truck rental services, pod rentals with shipping to Arizona, or other local companies that can provide ways for you to save money by handling part or all of the move yourself.
On the other hand, if you are looking to hire professionals to help with some or all of your move, start your search by looking for moving companies in your current area that offer service to Arizona. After you’ve done the homework and have a list of local companies that can help you with your move, invest some additional time checking those companies out by reading online reviews from their customers.
Look for information on how well the various companies handle customer service, the move itself, and any disputes or issues that may have come up with customers in the past. SmartMove has a great tool that you can use to find and compare moving companies now.
Once you’ve gotten the list narrowed down to a few finalists, get estimates so that you can check out their various level of service and prices. When you’ve selected the best company for you, ask them to provide you with a bill of lading or a contract for services. Unlike an order for service (or estimate), a bill of lading is legally binding and protects you in case something goes wrong.
Also, make sure to check in with your employer about moving assistance. Many companies will provide employees with relocation assistance. Further, while you’re moving, track your expenses and save your moving-related receipts. When tax season rolls around, your tax professional will be able to tell you if you qualify for a tax credit or deduction for moving expenses.
Cable Providers Available in Arizona
Sparklight, Suddenlink, Charter, Comcast, Cox, and Mediacom all provide cable service in the state of Arizona. If you’re already getting your cable service from one of these providers, then transferring your existing service to your new home in Arizona is easy with SmartMove. Even if you don’t currently have cable service with one of these providers, setting up new service is easy with SmartMove as well.
In many cases, SmartMove can make transferring your existing Internet, TV, and phone service so easy, that all you have to do is bring your equipment with you when you move, and plug it in at your new home in Arizona. In many cases, you can even get your service set up in advance of your move, so that you’re ready to enjoy all the cable services you’ve come to rely on while you’re unpacking in your new home.
Using SmartMove to set up new service with a new provider is also a major time saver. Getting your cable set up in advance of your move can help to move up the date of your service appointment in many cases. Regardless, it’s always refreshing to have one less detail to worry about while you’re moving to Arizona.
Energy Providers Available in Arizona
Depending on where in Arizona you are moving, you may get your electricity and or natural gas from one of nine public, cooperative, or private utilities. Arizona Public Services (APS) is the largest public utility in the state and covers most of Arizona.
Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and Navopache Electric Cooperative provide energy in the northern part of the state. Sierra Southwest Cooperative Services provides energy in the Benson area. SRP is the main energy provider in the Tempe area. Tohono O'odham Utility Authority is the energy provider in the Sells. Trico Electric Cooperative operates in the Marana area. Tucson Electric Power Company covers Tucson and the surrounding area, as does UniSource Energy Services.
Regardless of which utility you will end up working with once you complete your move to Arizona, reach out to them in advance and set up your account and move-in date. In most cases, setting up your accounts in advance can save you hassle, and in some cases, even money.
Moving to Arizona—What to Know
When you’re planning your move to Arizona, it can be easy to get lost in the details and forget about some of the most important things you must do once you move—things like going to the DMV to get your new Arizona license, and getting your vehicles registered and titled in the state.
In Arizona, driver and vehicle licensing is handled by the Arizona Department of Transportation, or ADOT. You can begin your applications online and complete them with either a visit to an MVD office or an authorized third-party vendor.
Moving to Arizona is a snap, using SmartMove to help you plan and set everything up. Remember to change your address with the U.S. Postal Service, and to let your bank and other accounts know where you’ll be living, once the move is complete.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.