Getting Ready to Move to Louisiana
The Gulf state of Louisiana is a diverse and wonderful place to relocate. Whether you’re moving to New Orleans, the Mississippi Delta, Shreveport, or any of the fantastic places in between, SmartMove is ready to help you plan your move from start to completion.
Relocating can be a challenging and stressful endeavor, and many of the challenges and stresses of moving can be severely compounded by lack of preparation. Preparation and careful planning are key to executing a flawless move, no matter whether you’re relocating to a new home you’ve purchased in Louisiana, or to a rental.
SmartMove has helpful advice on moving to Louisiana, including several tools, checklists, and other handy aids to help you put together the perfect move while saving you money on several common moving expenses. Read on for our moving to Louisiana guide, and get started on your trip the right way.
Help and Services for Moving to Louisiana
You have many options when it comes to hiring moving services to help you execute your move to Louisiana. If you’re planning to hire a moving company, you’ll want to begin by searching for movers in your local area that offer moving services to Louisiana.
Once you’ve determined all of your options, spend some time reading online reviews of the various companies on your list. You can tell a lot about a company’s professionalism, customer service, and dispute resolution style by reading reviews from prior customers. SmartMove has also an incredibly handy tool to help you compare before selecting a company to move with.
Once you’ve narrowed down your options to a few finalists, solicit estimates from all of them so you can compare their rates and available services. Once you’ve selected a company from among them, make sure you get a contract or “bill of lading.” Many companies may try to get you to agree to services with an “order for service.” Unfortunately, an order of service is not a legally binding document. Request a bill of lading to make sure that you are protected in case something goes wrong. Store it in a secure place until your move to Louisiana is complete.
If you’re like many folks, though, you may choose to do some or all of your moving on your own. There are most likely many truck rental providers that are located in your current area ready to rent you a trailer, truck, moving equipment, or even a transportable storage pod. This way, you can pack and move all of your household goods using your own labor and the goodwill of friends and family.
Whichever way you end up moving to Louisiana, make sure you check with your employer about relocation assistance. You may be able to get some or all of your move covered by your employer. Also, remember to save your receipts for tax time, when you’ll want to check with a tax professional or accountant. Some or all of your moving-related expenses may either be deductible or qualify you for a tax credit of some kind.
Cable Providers Available in Louisiana
Getting cable services in your new Louisiana home couldn’t be easier. Sparklight, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Mediacom, and Suddenlink all operate in different areas of the state, and may overlap coverage in some areas as well. Regardless of who you end up going with for TV, Internet, and phone service, SmartMove is a great tool to use to transfer services with your existing company or to set up service with a new provider.
If your current cable provider is operating in the area you will be relocating to in Louisiana, you may be able to bring your equipment with you and just plug it in at your new home. But, if you want to sign up with a new provider or have to because your current company isn’t available where you’ll be moving, SmartMove can help you with that too.
Setting up your Internet, TV, and phone service in advance is a great way to take a little bit of the stress out of your move. Wouldn’t it be great if your cable service was ready to use on the first day in your new place?
Energy Providers Available in Louisiana
In the state of Louisiana, your electrical utility is mostly determined by where you live. You do have some choice in the matter, as residents are able to select what sources their electricity comes from, but your utility company is a matter of geography.
CLECO, Entergy, and SWEPCO (a subsidiary of American Electric Power), all provide electricity to consumers in the state. For more information, check out the Louisiana Public Service Commission’s website for information about specific utilities in Louisiana.
Regardless of who will be providing with your home’s power, you’ll want to take the preparatory step to get your account set up in advance of your move to Louisiana. Setting up your accounts and providing your power companies with your new address and your anticipated move-in date can help make your move less stressful and may even save you money.
Important Louisiana Agencies and Resources
Moving to Louisiana is easier when you take the time to use tools like the handy moving checklist from SmartMove to keep all the little details of your move organized before, during, and after your experience. Little details like getting your Louisiana ID and getting your vehicle titled and registered in the state can be easy to overlook when you’re dealing with everything else, and often result in penalties for missed deadlines.
The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles is the state agency responsible for driver’s licensing, the issuing of state ID cards, and vehicle titling and registration in the state of Louisiana. Louisiana gives new residents up to thirty days to complete registration of their vehicles and to get their Louisiana ID.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.