Getting Ready to Move to Georgia
One of the original thirteen U.S. colonies, the southern state of Georgia boasts a long and fantastic history, making the state a terrific place to live. From Savannah on the East Coast to Atlanta in the North, and in every pecan and peach orchard-surrounded town in between, Georgia is waiting for you. As you prepare to move, make sure to carefully plan all the steps that you need to take prior to the move, during the move, and afterward. And remember to take advantage of the tools available on SmartMove to help.
It doesn’t matter if you are planning to rent or purchase a new home in Georgia, using SmartMove will help you plan and execute your move flawlessly. Read on for a complete guide to moving to Georgia, including information on moving services, cable and utility providers for your new home, and important government agencies that you’ll need to find.
Help and Services for Moving to Georgia
Looking for a reliable moving company can be a challenging task. But, if you want to make it easier on yourself, begin your search by checking out moving companies in your local area that offer service to your new home in Georgia. You’ll want to check online reviews to see which companies are reputable based on sites like the BBB and Angie’s List, and which offer the best level of service for the best price, as well as what companies have the best reputation for customer service.
SmartMove has a terrific tool that can help you find and compare moving companies quickly and easily. SmartMove also provides you with a free and comprehensive moving checklist to help you stay organized as you prepare for and execute your move.
Once you’ve narrowed the field down to a handful of finalists, take the time to get estimates from all of them. That way, you can make certain that you are getting the best deal with the right company.
Just be careful not to confuse an estimate or an “order for service” with a bill of lading. A bill of lading acts as a contract for services between you and a moving company, whereas an order for service is not legally binding. Keep your bill of lading with you in a secure place so you can refer to it if anything unexpected occurs.
For several people, moving to Georgia means renting a truck or trailer and doing the heavy lifting themselves. If you’re looking to save money in this fashion, there should be several truck rental companies in your immediate area that offer drive-away rentals to your new state. Additionally, you might check into services that allow you to pack and ship a container. Some companies will even store the container of your household belongings until you are ready to receive it in your new location.
Regardless of how you choose to execute your move to Georgia, make sure to check with your employer to see if they offer any relocation assistance, and save your moving-related receipts for the next time you do your taxes. Check with a tax professional to see which of your moving expenses may qualify as deductions, or help you get a credit on your taxes.
Cable Providers Available in Georgia
Georgia is the second largest of all the U.S. Southern States, and because it is so big, it has several regions. These different regions are served by different cable providers, but some of their areas of coverage may overlap. Depending on what city or town you are moving to in Georgia, you may have a choice of cable provider for your TV, Internet, and phone service, or you may have just one local provider.
SmartMove is here to help you identify and work with whichever cable provider you end up getting service from—Comcast, Cox, Mediacom, or Charter.
SmartMove is also ready to help you find services with whatever provider you choose. SmartMove can identify for you which companies are operating in your new area of residence. If your current cable provider also offers service where you’ll be moving to, SmartMove will be able to help get your service transferred, often in advance of your moving day. Wouldn’t it be great to have your TV, Internet, and phone 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 service in Georgia can cut down immeasurably on the hassle involved with setting up new service once you’re already moved in. Starting the process now with SmartMove ensures that your downtime waiting for your service appointment at your new home in Georgia will be as short as possible.
Energy Providers Available in Georgia
In addition to setting up cable prior to your move, you’ll want to get in front of setting up your other utilities at your new home in Georgia, as well. Depending on where you’ll be living when you move to Georgia, you may have multiple electric and natural gas utility companies to choose from. There are currently eighteen gas and electric utilities operating in the state; some are publicly owned, some are investor-owned, some are cooperatives.
Carroll Electric Membership Corporation, Coastal Electric Cooperative, Cobb Electric Membership Corporation, Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corporation, Business Dalton Utilities, Georgia Power Company, Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, MEAG Power, Mitchell Electric Membership Corporation, Okefenoke Rural Electric Membership Corporation, PS Energy Group, The Satilla REMC, Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation, Snapping Shoals EMC, Southern Company, Southern Rivers Energy, Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation, and Upson Electric Membership Corporation all operate in Georgia. Most are clustered in the Northern part of the state around Atlanta and its surrounding suburbs.
Identify which energy providers are operating in your new area, pick the ones you want to work with (whether it’s a public utility, a private one, or a co-op), and get them set up in advance of your move. That way, the transition into your new home will be as seamless as possible. If you can give your new utility companies your move-in date, you may even be able to set up your new services to begin on the same day you move in.
Important Georgia State Agencies and Resources
Keeping the process organized and moving along smoothly by utilizing the free, handy moving checklist available from SmartMove allows you to focus on the bigger picture, knowing that all the details of your move are in order—details like registering your car in Georgia, and getting your Georgia state ID or driver’s license.
The Georgia Department of Driver Services requires that you apply for a new driver’s license within thirty days of becoming a Georgia resident. The Georgia Department of Revenue handles vehicle registration in the state, and requires you to apply for a Georgia title and registration within thirty days of relocating to the state, as well.
Before you move, you’ll also want to make sure that all of the financial institutions you do business with know that you are moving, and where to. Set up your move with the U.S. Postal Service in advance in order to make sure that none of your mail gets lost in the shuffle. Thanks for reading SmartMove’s Moving to Georgia guide. You should be ready now to prepare for and execute a flawless, low-stress move to Georgia.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.