Getting Ready to Move to Indiana
The great state of Indiana, often referred to as the Hoosier State, has many great attributes that make it a wonderful place to live. Whether you’re planning your move to Gary, Indiana in the greater Chicago area, Fort Wayne in the northeast of the state, Evansville or Bloomington in southern Indiana, or the bustling metropolis of Indianapolis itself, SmartMove is here to help you with organizing and completing your upcoming move.
Moving to Indiana requires a lot of careful planning and preparation; this is true regardless of whether you plan to rent or buy a new home in the state. With SmartMove, you can get terrific deals on all your moving-related expenses, all while saving unnecessary hassle by planning out all the little details of your move with some handy free tools. Save money and get organized for your move all at the same time, with SmartMove.
Help and Services for Moving to Indiana
If you are looking for the best place to begin searching for a moving company, start by looking in your current area for companies that offer service to Indiana. SmartMove has a fantastic tool to help you find a reliable, licensed mover, so you can easily compare moving companies in your area. Also, SmartMove offers users a detailed moving checklist, so your move can be well-planned and you won’t miss a single key detail.
Before you settle on a moving company, make sure to take the time to read online reviews so you can get a feel for the level of customer service you can expect. Look for red flags regarding companies’ dispute handling, and look into their general level of customer care.
Next, take the time to get estimates from at least a few finalist companies before picking one. Once you have a clear winner, make sure that you get a bill of lading or other form of legally binding contract. Do not confuse a bill of lading with an order for service, however. An order for service is really just a fancy estimate and it does not protect you if something goes awry during the move.
Alternatively, you can handle some or all of the move yourself. You can rent a trailer, truck, or shippable container and tap into the labor pool available to you via your friends and family.
Regardless of whether you do the move yourself or get professionals to help you, make sure that you check in with your employer regarding the potential for relocation assistance. Also, make sure to keep all of your receipts, so when it comes time to do you taxes, your tax professional can maximize your deductions or get you a credit.
Cable Providers Available in Indiana
Depending on what part of Indiana you are moving to, you may have many choices when it comes to cable providers for your Internet, TV, and phone service. With Charter, Comcast, Mediacom, and Suddenlink all operating in the state, you may face a difficult decision choosing who you want to get service from. Whomever you choose to go with, moving your service or setting up new service is simple and easy with the help of SmartMove.
If you find yourself in the fortunate position where your current cable provider offers services in your new area of Indiana, SmartMove could be able to carry your service over to your new address. Knowing where your cable service will come from at your new home is a terrific bonus to planning your move in advance and using SmartMove. Handling moving your cable, or setting up service with a new provider, in advance takes one more thing off your plate, and allows you to concentrate on the move itself.
Energy Providers Available in Indiana
Energy utilities in the Hoosier State are regulated by two agencies, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. The OUCC maintains a site with links that will help you identify who your local electric, gas, and water utilities options are. There are several investor-owned utilities operating in the state, as well as several member-owned co-op utilities and municipal utilities.
No matter what your options are for power, gas, and water once you get to Indiana, you’ll want to take the time to figure out which companies you wish to patronize and get accounts set up with them prior to your move. Getting your accounts set up in advance, providing your gas, electric, and water company with your anticipated move-in date and address, can save you the inconvenience and even money, in some cases.
Moving to Indiana—Driver’s License and Other Details
There are so many details, large and small, that need handling when you are getting ready to move. Using tools like the SmartMove moving checklist will help you get and stay organized throughout your move. Make sure to include plans to visit the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles once you land in Indiana. Indiana gives new residents sixty days from when they’ve established residency to obtain a new driver’s license or state ID. You will also need to retitle and register any vehicles that you bring with you to your new home.
You’ll also want to make sure to update all of your financial and credit accounts prior to your move and remember to change your address with the U.S. Postal Service so that your mail can find you at your new home in Indiana.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.