Getting Ready to Move to Hawaii
Prized by tourists, professionals, retirees, and surfers alike, Hawaii offers breathtaking tropical landscapes and a rich native history no matter what island you choose as your new home. It may be the newest star on the flag, but it offers a galaxy of opportunities. With a booming hospitality industry and a wealth of exciting jobs in fields ranging from education to agriculture, there’s no shortage of reasons to relocate to the Aloha State, and SmartMove is here to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Whether you decide to purchase or rent a property, moving to Hawaii will involve a lot of planning and preparation. SmartMove simplifies the process with money-saving deals and helpful advice and assistance. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide on moving to the Paradise of the Pacific.
Help and Services for Moving to Hawaii
Because of its distance from the mainland, the logistics of a move to Hawaii are different from most cross-state relocations. It’s a good idea to start by looking at companies in your area and expanding your search outwards until you find the right licensed mover. Check online reviews from sites unaffiliated to the moving company to get an honest look at the quality of the services. You can use the SmartMove website to find the great deals on this part of your move. When you’ve got at least three companies that look promising, email them for estimates, then ask your final pick for a bill of lading – this will look similar to an estimate, but is a legally binding document you’ll want to keep on hand in case any difficulties arise.
Most moves can be executed independently from a company, but because of Hawaii’s location, at least part of the process will need to involve an outside party. One way to save money is to take care of as much of it as possible yourself. Portion out your packing over the course of weeks or months to make it manageable, or call on family and friends to help you. Remember to check with your employer about moving allowances to see if they can cover some of the costs.
Cable Providers Available in Hawaii
Dealing with cable companies can be a headache, but SmartMove can help make the process as pain-free as possible. The main provider is Spectrum – check their offers and sign up using SmartMove for an easier experience, with less unnecessary downtime and delays when it comes to setting up your service appointment. It may even be possible to transfer service so you can use your TV and internet services as soon as you move in. One more thing to cross off your list when you’re coordinating a move across the Pacific.
Energy Providers Available in Hawaii
Another way to reduce moving-day stress is to set up your utilities ahead of time. Hawaii Gas is the only franchised gas utility company. Hawaiian Electric Industries and its subsidiaries service over 95% of the archipelago, with KIUC taking care of the remaining population in Kauai. A list of water providers can be found on the government of Hawaii’s website.
Electricity is expensive in Hawaii, so it’s worth thinking about solar panels, since any resident can take advantage of the state’s solar tax credit on top of the U.S. federal one, allowing for a quicker recoup of the more affordable initial investment with lower monthly energy bills. To save more hassle, contact your prospective providers early to arrange for services to start at your new home on the day you move in.
Important Hawaii Agencies and Resources
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when planning a move, so make sure you take advantage of SmartMove’s useful moving checklist. It’ll remind you to take care of all the easy-to-miss details, like registering your car in Hawaii and getting a new driver’s license. The requirements for registration vary depending on the island, but the state’s website has a Newcomer’s Guide that includes links to each locality’s procedures.
If you’re bringing pets, don’t forget to follow Hawaii’s rigorous vaccination and quarantine rules, or you might end up having to quarantine your friend for 120 days! Be sure to update your financial information (credit cards, bank accounts, insurance companies), and change your address with the Post Office. With careful planning, you’ll soon be on your way to a smooth move to Hawaii.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.