Getting Ready to Move to Maine
Maine is a highly regarded U.S. state – rich in history and natural scenic beauty, it is known for the rugged splendor of its rocky coast and rolling mountains. Maine shares a longer border with Canada than it does with the rest of the United States, and is known as much for its most famous son—Stephen King—as it is for the quality of its lobsters and seafood. Whether you are planning to move to its biggest city, Portland, to the Down East area along the coast, or another destination in the northern part of the state, SmartMove is here to help you plan and execute the perfect move.
Like moving anywhere else, moving to Maine requires careful planning and advance preparation. It makes little difference if you’re moving to a home you’ve purchased in advance, or if you are moving into a rental, and preparation for your move is key in either case. SmartMove is ready to help you find great deals on all your moving-related expenses, helping you plan your move while you save money. Read on for some great information to help you put together your move to Maine.
Help and Services for Moving to Maine
These days, you have many options when it comes to moving to Maine. You could begin your preparations by searching for moving companies in your current area that offer moving services to Maine. If you’re planning to hire movers though, make sure that you get at least three estimates for the complete cost of the move before you pick a company. This way, you can rest assured that you’ve gotten a terrific deal before you put pen to paper and sign a moving contract.
Make sure you take the time to check out online reviews for the movers you are considering. You can find out a great deal about a company and how they handle issues that may come up during your move by reading up online first.
Also, make sure that you know what you’re signing when you’re hiring a moving company. There is a significant difference between a bill of lading and an order of service, although you might not be able to tell the difference between the two documents at first glance.
The order of service is the company’s estimate of what the move will cost. The bill of lading, however, is a final contract for services that stipulates the terms of the agreement you are entering into with the moving company. Though both documents may contain similar language and provisions, one is binding while the other is not. Make sure to protect yourself by obtaining a bill of lading and hanging onto it until the move is completed, and any potential damage is settled along with the final bill.
You might also look into doing some or all of the work of moving your household by yourself. There are several truck rental companies that most likely have locations near where you currently live. Or, you might look into a pod-based moving service, where you pack a transportable container with all your goods, and have it delivered once you reach your new home.
Regardless of how you go about transferring your household goods during your move to Maine, you’ll want to check with your current employer (if you’re transferring to a new location for an opportunity in your company), or with your new employer to see if they offer relocation assistance or moving expense reimbursement. Also, make sure to keep all of the receipts associated with the move for your tax accountant. Some or all of your moving expenses may be tax deductible.
Cable Providers Available in Maine
Getting cable set up in your new home in Maine is quick and easy, regardless of who you will be getting TV, Internet, and phone service from. You may find out that only one company provides cable service in the town or city you’re relocating to in Maine. But, in some cases, you may have multiple companies to choose from.
If are in a position to transfer Internet, TV, and phone service to your new location without changing companies, however, it can make everything much easier and smoother—giving you one less thing to worry about during your move.
Regardless, SmartMove is ready to help you move your cable service. And nothing beats unpacking and already having your services transferred, allowing you to pay bills and set up new accounts, connect with friends and family back home, investigate the local attractions near to your new home, and entertain your family after a long day on the road or unpacking in Maine.
Energy Providers Available in Maine
To take even more stress out of your move to Maine, you’ll also want to take the time to set up accounts with your local utility providers in advance. Unlike most states, who your electricity provider is in Maine doesn’t depend as much upon where you will be living as it does on who you choose to do business with. The Maine Office of the Public Advocate is an excellent source of information on your rights and options as a utility consumer in the state. There are 234 electricity providers in Maine; for a complete list with links, visit the Maine Public Utilities Commission website.
Like in most states, natural gas distribution in Maine is divided up by territory. Natural gas utilities in the state include Bangor Gas Company, Maine Natural Gas Corporation, Summit Natural Gas of Maine, and Unitil Northern. For a map of the territories and who serves them within the state, just go to the Maine Office of the Public Advocate’s Natural Gas Service webpage.
Important Maine Agencies and Resources
Because you have so many things to deal with when you’re moving to Maine, organization is key. One great way to keep everything organized and moving along smoothly during your relocation is to use the handy moving checklist available from SmartMove. Along with several of the key moving tasks mentioned above, it also includes reminders to take care of your vehicle licensing, and driver’s license once you’re settled in Maine.
The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles handles driver licensing and state ID cards, as well as vehicle inspection and registration. Liker all U.S. states, Maine gives new residents a limited amount of time to get their new state driver’s license and to register their vehicles and apply for Maine titles.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.