Getting Ready to Move to Idaho
Idaho is a state perhaps best known for its primary agricultural output, but the Gem State has much more to offer than just its potatoes. Boise, in the West, is a bustling metropolis, home to several corporate headquarters, and a land of real economic opportunity. Coeur d’Alene, Sandpoint, and Moscow are gateways to astounding vistas of natural beauty in the northern Panhandle of the state. With Vale in the Rockies of eastern Idaho and thousands of square miles of rolling grassland (palouse) and farmland between it and the state’s capital, there are a many different locations where you could choose to relocate. But no matter where you’re moving to in Idaho, SmartMove is ready to help you plan and prepare for the big change.
It doesn’t matter if you’re planning to rent a new home in Idaho or you’re looking to buy, your move will still require very careful preparation and planning. SmartMove can help to make things much easier, with our free tools and checklists. SmartMove can also help you save money on several moving-related expenses; read on for our complete moving to Idaho guide.
Moving Services to Idaho
When it comes to handling the physical labor of the actual move to Idaho (the packing, the loading, the driving, the unloading, and the unpacking), you have many options these days. Many people elect to do some or all of the moving themselves, saving money and using the labor of friends and family to help. If you’d like to do this, look for businesses in your area that offer truck rental, trailer rental, or container rental and shipping to Idaho.
But, if you’d prefer to have professional help with some or all of the labor for your move, then begin your search by investigating moving companies in your current location that offer service to Idaho. Make a master list, then invest some time reading online reviews to see which companies have the best track record when it comes to customer service, efficiency, and reliability. You can also use the handy tool at SmartMove to find and compare moving companies.
Once you’ve narrowed the field of potential moving companies down to a few finalists, get estimates from all so you can compare prices and available services. Once you’ve picked your moving company, ask them to provide you with a bill of lading. Do not confuse a bill of lading with an order for service. Both documents may have similar language, but an order for service is an estimate, and is not legally binding.
Make sure you talk with your current or prospective employer about their relocation assistance program or policy. Also, make sure to keep all receipts for any moving-related expenses you incur. Give them to your tax professional, because you may qualify for a deduction or credit.
Cable Providers Available in Idaho
No matter where in Idaho you’re relocating to, SmartMove is ready to help you set up new cable service or transfer your existing cable service. SmartMove works with Armstrong, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Sparklight, and Suddenlink in Idaho, and may be able to get your service set up in advance of your move. This will save you the extra stress of any potential delays that might come from waiting until you get settled in your new Idaho home to transfer or set up new service.
If your current cable provider is also offering service in the area of Idaho to which you are moving, getting set up could be as simple as transferring your services through SmartMove and then bringing your equipment along with you. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to plug in your equipment once you arrive, and enjoy all the services you’ve come to rely on right from the start in your new home? SmartMove can help.
Energy Providers Available in Idaho
What utility companies you get your power from at your new Idaho home will most likely have to do with where you are located, though in some areas, you may be able to choose between utility providers. Avista, Idaho Power, and Rocky Mountain Power are the state’s three electric utilities. Avista Corporation is also one of Idaho’s natural gas utilities, as are Intermountain Gas Company, and Questar Gas.
Identifying your energy providers and getting your accounts set up with them in advance of your move is one great way to make your transition to Idaho life as easy and stress-free as possible. If you can give your new energy providers your anticipated move-in date, you may be able to set up your service to start on the same day you first live in your new home. This might save you a little money, but it will definitely save you some hassle.
Moving to Idaho—Driver’s License and other Final Tasks
Using the fantastic moving checklist and moving tools available at SmartMove can help you plan and execute all of the details of your move to Idaho. When you arrive, don’t forget to attend to details like getting your Idaho ID, and registering your vehicles. The Idaho Transportation Department handles vehicle registration and driver’s licensing in the state of Idaho. However, in Idaho, you must register your vehicle at your county assessor’s office, and you must apply for your state ID at your local Sheriff’s Office.
Before you move, you’ll also want to make sure to change your address with the Postal Service, your bank(s), any creditors you may have, any investments brokerages you do business with, your insurance companies, and any other companies that you regularly correspond with.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.