Getting Ready to Move to Connecticut
Connecticut is a state that is both rich in history and rich in opportunity. Tucked into a little corner of the east coast between Boston and New York City, Connecticut is a wonderful place to live, and a great place to relocate to. Whether you’re planning a move to Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, or any one of the fantastic other cities and towns in the state, SmartMove is prepared to help with the planning and advance preparation that it takes to pull off a move with as little stress and hassle as possible.
Moving to Connecticut, whether you’re moving to a home you’ve purchased or into a rental, takes careful preparation. With the help of the fantastic moving tools available to you at SmartMove, you can save your family some money on common moving expenses all while you plan the perfect move. This complete guide to moving to Connecticut will help get you on your way.
Services for Moving to Connecticut
In order to begin preparing your move to Connecticut, you’ll first need to select a moving company or look into options for doing things yourself. If you choose to hire professionals, then you’ll want to start by compiling a master list of all of the moving companies in your current area that offer service to the area of Connecticut you’re moving to.
Once you have this list put together, you should look into the online reviews for each company, weeding out any that don’t get consistent high marks for customer care and reliability. SmartMove has a free online tool that can help you find moving companies in your area, as you compare their reputations and offerings.
When you get your master list culled to a small group of finalists, ask each of the remaining companies for an estimate—that way, you can take a look at what services they recommend and what they’ll cost you. Another term for an estimate in the moving business is an “order for service.”
Once you pick a winning company, make sure that you get a “bill of lading” in addition to the estimate or order for service. A bill of lading is a legally-binding contract that can protect you if something goes sideways during the move. Make sure you keep your bill of lading someplace safe so you can refer to it during and after the move, should you need to.
If, on the other hand, you decide that it’s worth it to save some money by doing part or all of the moving yourself, then begin your search in your local area for companies that offer truck rental, trailer rental, or container rental and shipping with service to Connecticut. You’ll want to tap your friends and family to help you with the hard work of packing and moving, and you’ll want to save all of your receipts for your tax preparer. Also, make sure to check with your employer about their relocation assistance program.
Cable Providers Available in Connecticut
No matter where you’ll be moving to in Connecticut, you are sure to have some great cable service providers vying for your business. Armstrong, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, and Cox all operate in the state, and SmartMove can help you figure out which companies are operating in your new area. SmartMove also can set up new service or transfer existing service to Connecticut for you. It’s highly recommended that you do this prior to your move.
Use SmartMove to transfer or set up your cable service before you move, and you can save yourself the stress and extra anxiety of service appointment delays. If your current provider is also operating in your new area of Connecticut, SmartMove may even be able to set it up so that you can bring your equipment along with you, and plug in on your first day in your new home. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to have access to all of the cable services that you’ve come to rely on from the start of your time in Connecticut?
Energy Providers Available in Connecticut
Trying to figure out who your new utility providers will be can present a bit of a hassle. But, just like with your cable provider, doing some advance work to get your utilities set up will pay off in the end. If you get things all set up before you move, you won’t have to split your attention once you’ve reached your new home, researching your options and making calls or visits to set up accounts while trying to unpack and set up your household goods.
Thankfully, the Connecticut state government has compiled and published a list of all utility providers in the state, town by town. It’s easy to consult the list for the town you’ll be moving to, as you track down information for your natural gas, water and sewer, and electricity providers all in one easy-to-access place.
Moving to Connecticut—DMV and other Resources
Moving to a new state can be a taxing job. Given all the many details, it can be easy to lose track of some of what needs to get handled. But with SmartMove’s free tools and handy checklists, it’s easier to stay organized and on top of all your moving-related tasks—tasks like visiting the Connecticut DMV to be get your new driver’s license and get your cars registered in the state.
Once you’ve established residency in the state of Connecticut, you will have thirty days to get your new Connecticut ID, and up to sixty days to get your vehicles tested for emissions, their VIN numbers inspected, and their Connecticut registration complete. Visit any DMV hub office for paperwork and details, or visit the link above.
You’ll also want to make sure to change your address with the U.S. Postal Service, and to notify your creditors, banks, insurance companies, and any other companies you wish to receive correspondence from, of your new address.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.