Getting Ready to Move to Kentucky
The Bluegrass State of Kentucky is actually a Commonwealth, and it boasts a long and fantastic history full of rich traditions in horse racing, bourbon, baseball bats, and more – Kentucky is also a terrific place to live. Whether you’re planning to relocate to the Lexington area, the Louisville area, the suburbs of Cincinnati in the north of the state, or anywhere in between, you’re sure to find Kentucky welcoming. As you prepare to move, make sure to carefully plan all the steps you need to take prior, during, and after the trip, and take advantage of the tools available on SmartMove to help.
It doesn’t matter if you are planning to rent or purchase a new home in Kentucky, using SmartMove will help you plan and execute your move flawlessly, while saving money on moving-related expenses. Read on for a complete guide to moving to Kentucky, including information on moving services, cable and utility providers for your new home, and important government agencies that you’ll need to find.
Help and Services for Moving to Kentucky
Looking for a reliable moving company can be challenging. If you want to make it easier on yourself, begin your search by checking out moving companies in your local area that offer service to your new home in Kentucky. You’ll want to check online reviews to see which companies are reputable and offer the best level of service for the best price, as well as which companies have the best reputation for customer service.
SmartMove has a terrific tool that can help you find and compare moving companies quickly and easily. SmartMove also can provide you with a free and comprehensive moving checklist to help you stay organized as you prepare for your move.
Once you’ve narrowed the field of moving companies down to a handful of finalists, take the time to get estimates from all. That way, you can make certain that you are getting the best deal. Be careful not to confuse an estimate or an “order for service” with a bill of lading. A bill of lading acts as a contract for services between you and a moving company, whereas an order for service is not legally binding. Keep your bill of lading with you in a secure place so you can refer to it if anything unexpected occurs.
For many people, moving to Kentucky means renting a truck or trailer and doing the heavy lifting themselves. If you’re looking to save money in this fashion, there should be several truck rental companies in your immediate area that offer drive-away rentals to your new state. Additionally, you might check into services that allow you to pack and ship a container. Some companies will even store the full container until you are ready to receive it in your new location.
Regardless of how you choose to move to Kentucky, make sure to check with your employer to see if they offer any relocation assistance and save your moving-related receipts for the next time you do your taxes. Check with a tax professional to see which of your moving expenses may qualify as deductions, or help you get a credit on your taxes.
Cable Providers Available in Kentucky
Kentucky is served by several different cable providers, and many of their areas of coverage overlap. Depending on what city or town you are moving to in Kentucky, you may have a choice between several different cable providers for your TV, Internet, and phone service—our you may have just one local provider. SmartMove is here to help you identify and work with the cable provider you end up getting service from—Armstrong, Charter, Comcast, Mediacom, or Suddenlink.
SmartMove is also ready to help set up your services with the provider you choose. SmartMove can identify which companies are operating in your new area of residence. If your current cable provider also offers TV, Internet, and phone service where you’ll be moving, SmartMove can transfer service for you, often in advance of your moving day.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your cable, Internet, and phone set up in advance so all you have to do is take your equipment with you and plug in to access all the services you’ve come to rely on?
Using SmartMove to help you set up service in Kentucky can cut down immeasurably on the hassle involved with setting up new service once you’re already moved in. Starting the process now with SmartMove ensures that your downtime waiting for your service appointment at your new home will be as short as possible.
Energy Providers Available in Kentucky
In addition to setting up cable prior to your move, you’ll also want to get in front of setting up your other utilities at your new home in Kentucky. Depending on where you’ll be living when you move to Kentucky, you may have multiple electric and natural gas utility companies to choose from.
There are currently five electric utilities operating in the state—American Electric Power, Duke Energy, Kentucky Utilities, Louisville Gas & Electric, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Some are publicly owned, some are investor-owned, and some are cooperatives. There are also two natural gas providers in the state; to figure out who yours is, just visit the Volunteer Energy website.
Identify which energy providers are operating in your new area, pick the ones you want to work with (whether it’s a public utility, a private one, or a co-op), and get them set up in advance of your move. That way, the transition to your new home will be as seamless as possible. If you can give your new utility companies your move-in date, you may be able to set up your new services to begin on the same day you move in.
Moving to Kentucky—Drivers License and Other Final Details
Keeping your move organized utilizing the free, handy moving checklist available from SmartMove allows you to focus on the bigger picture, knowing that all the details of your move are in order—details like registering your car in Kentucky, and getting your Kentucky state ID or driver’s license.
In Kentucky, driver’s licenses are issued at county courthouses after a series of tests administered by the Kentucky State Police. Kentucky requires that you obtain a new driver’s license within thirty days of becoming a Kentucky resident. For more information about ID and vehicle licensing, visit the Kentucky state website.
Before you move, you’ll also want to make sure that all of the financial institutions you do business with know that you are moving. Set up your move with the U.S. Postal Service in advance in order to make sure that none of your mail gets lost. Thanks for reading SmartMove’s Moving to Kentucky guide. You should be ready now to prepare for and execute a flawless, low-stress move to Kentucky.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.