Getting Ready to Move to Kansas
Bordered by Oklahoma to the south, Missouri to the east, Nebraska to the north, and Colorado in the west, Kansas has a beautiful mix of farmland, rolling hills, and prairie to welcome you home. Whether you’re planning to move to the Kansas half of Kansas City in the east, Wichita down south, or one of the smaller farming and ranching communities in the west and north parts of the state, SmartMove is ready to help you get your move organized.
Regardless of whether you’re planning to rent your new home in Kansas or will be purchasing a new place to live, your move will still require both careful preparation and lots of quality planning. The free checklists and moving tools available to you at SmartMove will help you get everything together and keep it all organized as you plan and execute the perfect move to Kansas. Additionally, you will be able to find savings on many common moving-related expenses. Read on for our complete guide for moving to the Sunflower State.
Help and Services for Moving to Kansas
The best way to begin to prepare for your upcoming move to Kansas is to decide how much of the actual moving you’d like to complete by yourself, and how much help you want with. In the area you are moving from, there are most likely many businesses ready to rent you a truck, a trailer, or a container to pack your goods, with the help of your friends and family.
Doing the packing and moving yourself can save you a tremendous amount of money. But, if you’re looking to save yourself the hassle and sweat of loading, transporting, and unloading all your possessions, then you’ll need to find a reliable moving company. SmartMove has a fantastic tool that can help you find and compare moving services in your current area that offer service to Kansas.
Once you’ve put together a master list of all the companies that you could hire to help you move, spend some time checking out their online reviews. What you’re looking for is consistent high marks for reliability, customer service, and getting everything done on time and safely. Cross out any of the companies on your list that doesn’t seem like they get positive reviews from their customers. Then, once you get your list down to that handful of finalists, you can solicit estimates from them so you can compare their costs and the services they offer.
When you’ve finally picked a winning moving company for your move to Kansas, make sure that you get a bill of lading or a final contract for services from them. Do not confuse a bill of lading with an “order for service.” A bill of lading is a legally binding contract, but an order for service is just a written estimate that won’t protect you if something goes wrong during the move. Keep that bill of lading in a safe location so you can refer to it throughout the move and once you’re all done.
Also, make sure that you save your receipts for any moving-related expenses. Your tax professional will want them when it’s time to do your taxes. Some or all of your moving expenses could be deductible, or you might qualify for a tax credit. You should also check in with your employer to see if they have an established policy regarding relocation assistance. You could potentially offset some or all of your moving expenses, getting your employer to foot the bill.
Cable Providers Available in Kansas
Kansas has several cable providers for you to choose from. Depending on where you’ll be living in Kansas, you could find TV, Internet, and phone service available from Comcast, Charter, Cox, Cable One, Mediacom, or Suddenlink. SmartMove is ready to help you find the cable providers available in your new area and help you get your new Internet, TV, and phone service set up or transferred if your current provider also offers service in Kansas.
If you are lucky and your current cable provider is also operating in the area of Kansas where you’ll be relocating, you can have SmartMove transfer service. In many cases, you’ll be able to unplug your equipment and take it with you when you move. Your new service will be transferred and turned on, waiting for you in your new home when you arrive. This could save you serious time and hassle, instead of waiting for a service appointment at your new home in Kansas.
If you’re 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 to have to deal with it while you’re unpacking and taking care of all the aspects of setting up your new home.
Energy Providers Available in Kansas
Just like you’re doing with your cable provider, you’ll want to take the time and effort to set up new utilities in Kansas before you move. This step will save you the tremendous hassle of trying to conduct your research into options and make phone calls to get the accounts set up, all while you’re dealing with unloading and setting things up.
In Kansas, the Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board is a great resource for consumers to get information on their options and rights when it comes to purchasing electricity, gas, and other utilities. Utilities are deregulated in the state, and you have some options when it comes to selecting utility providers. There are six private electric utilities operating in the state and six natural gas providers, as well as several co-ops and municipal utilities.
Moving to Kansas—Drivers License and Other Final Details
In Kansas, the state Department of Revenue operates the state’s Division of Vehicles, which issues state IDs and driver’s licenses, and handles vehicle titling and registration. Using the handy moving checklist available at SmartMove will help you keep all the details of your move to Kansas organized—details like getting your car registered in the state, and getting your new state ID. In Kansas, you have ninety days after you move to the state to register your vehicles and apply for Kansas titles, and to get your new state ID (without incurring a penalty).
You’ll also want to finish up your move by making sure that you’ve updated your address with the U.S. Postal Service, and that you’ve provided your new address to all creditors, insurance providers, and anyone else you have regular business with. You would be well-advised to do this before you make the move.
Now that you’ve read through SmartMove’s Moving to Kansas 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.