Getting Ready to Move to Iowa
Iowa, also fondly known as the Hawkeye State, shares borders with six other states—Minnesota to the north, Nebraska and South Dakota to the west, Illinois and Wisconsin to the east, and Missouri to the south. Whether you’re planning to relocate to the bustling metropolis of Des Moines in the state’s center, to one of the Iowa suburbs of Omaha in the West, or Cedar Rapids or Iowa City in the East, SmartMove is here to help you plan and execute your move to a new home.
It doesn’t matter much whether you’re planning to rent or purchase a new home in Iowa, your move will require careful, advance preparation. Use SmartMove to help you get and stay organized. In addition to tons of terrific free tools and moving checklists, you can also find ways to save on common moving-related expenses while you plan and execute moving to Iowa. Read on for a complete guide for moving to the Hawkeye State.
Help and Services for Moving to Iowa
The best way to start getting ready for your upcoming move to Iowa is to decide how much of the actual moving you’d like to do yourself. Where you live currently, there are probably several businesses ready to rent you a truck, trailer, or shippable container that you can enlist your friends and family to help you pack, and this could represent a significant financial savings for you.
But, if you’d rather save yourself the hassle and hard work of loading, transporting, and unloading your belongings, then you’ll need to find and hire a reliable moving company. SmartMove has a great tool to help you find and compare moving services in your current area that offer service to Iowa.
Once you’ve used the tool to compile a master list of all the companies that you could hire to help you move to Iowa, it’s time to invest some of your energy to check out online reviews. Look for consistent high marks for customer service, reliability, and timeliness and get rid of any companies that don’t seem like they are getting consistent positive reviews from customers. Once you’ve gotten the list down to just a handful of finalists, get estimates from them so you can see what their costs are, and exactly what services they offer.
When you’ve picked a winner, make sure that you get a bill of lading from them. Don’t make the mistake of confusing a bill of lading with an “order for service.” A bill of lading is legally binding, like a contract, but an order for service is simply a written estimate that won’t protect you if your move goes awry. Keep your bill of lading in a safe location so you can refer to it throughout your move, or if any billing disputes arise.
Also, make sure that you save any moving-related receipts. When it’s time to do your taxes, give them to your tax professional to see if some or all of your moving expenses are deductible or qualify you for a credit. Also, make sure to check in with your current or prospective employer regarding their relocation assistance policy. You could be in for a pleasant surprise and get some or all of your move paid for – it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Cable Providers Available in Iowa
Iowa isn’t the biggest or most populous of the states, but there are still plenty of cable providers to choose from. Depending on where you are moving to in the state, you could get your cable from Mediacom, Charter, Cox, or Sparklight. SmartMove is ready to help you find the cable providers available in your new area and to help you set up new service or transfer your existing service for TV, Internet, and phone.
If you are fortunate and your current cable provider is operating in the area you’ll be relocating to, you can do yourself the favor of having SmartMove transfer your service. In many cases, you can simply take your equipment with you when you move, and your new Internet, TV, or phone service will be transferred and on, waiting for you in your new home when you arrive. This could save you serious time and hassle of waiting for a service appointment at your new home in Iowa.
Even if you are using SmartMove to set up service with a new provider, it’s still far better to do it in advance of the move, and not have to deal with it while you’re unpacking and attending to all the other details of setting up your new home.
Energy Providers Available in Iowa
Just like with your cable provider, you’ll want to take the time and put in the effort to set up your new utilities in advance of your move. This step saves you the hassle of trying to conduct research into your options and making the phone calls to get accounts set up, all while you’re dealing with unloading and unpacking.
In the state of Iowa, consumers have little choice as to what companies will supply them with electricity, natural gas, and water. Ultimately, your utility company will be determined by which community or rural area you’ll be living in. Thankfully, the Iowa Utilities Board has put together a comprehensive list, with links and by community, of all the local utility providers.
Moving to Iowa—Drivers License and Other Final Details
Using the handy moving checklist available at SmartMove will help you keep all the details of your move to Iowa well organized—details like getting your car registered in Iowa, and getting your Iowa driver’s license or state ID. The Motor Vehicle Division of the Iowa Department of Transportation handles the issuing of driver’s licenses and state ID cards.
The MVD also handles the registration of vehicles in the state. You have a limited amount of time to register your car and get your new Iowa ID, so make sure that you prioritize a trip to the local office as soon as you’ve established residency in your new state.
Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that you update your address with the U.S. Postal Service, and that you update all your creditors, insurance providers, and anyone else you have regular business with before you make your big move to the Hawkeye State.
Now that you’ve read through SmartMove’s Moving to Iowa guide, you should have all the information and tools necessary to make the move as smooth as possible.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.