Getting Ready to Move to Maryland
Maryland, a mid-Atlantic state defined primarily by its relationship with the Atlantic Coast, Chesapeake Bay, and the nation’s capital, is a diverse and fantastic place to live. There is tremendous economic opportunity to be had in Baltimore and Washington DC, while slower, more-rural lifestyles remain viable in the state’s other regions. Whether you are planning a move to the Baltimore area, the eastern shore, or the hilly woods of western Maryland, SmartMove is ready to help you plan your upcoming move with ease.
Executing a relatively stress-free move to Maryland involves a great deal of advance preparation and planning. This is true whether you’re planning to rent a new place or if you’re buying a home. With the array of great tools and handy checklists available from SmartMove, you can plan your move with confidence, while saving yourself money on a variety of common moving-related expenses. Read on for a complete moving to Maryland Guide.
Help and Services for Moving to Maryland
For many people, moving to a new home means renting a truck, trailer, or pod and enlisting the services of friends and family to help with packing, loading, driving, and unloading. Of course, this can be a great way to save money, but there are other options. Many people choose to hire professionals to help with some or all of the moving process.
If you choose to go with the pros, you should begin your search for the ideal moving company by investigating movers in your area that offer service to Maryland. Make sure to read online reviews for the movers that you are considering, and narrow the field down to a list of a few finalists. Look for great reviews regarding a company’s reliability, efficiency, and customer care. SmartMove has a handy tool to help you compare movers in your area.
Once you’ve got your list narrowed down, ask for estimates from your finalists to see what the available services and fees will cost for your move to Maryland. When you’ve settled on a company, ask them for a bill of lading or contract. Make sure you get a bill of lading as it is, in fact, a binding contract that you should keep in a secure place for the duration of the move. An “order for service” is sometimes confused with a bill of lading and may contain similar language, but it is only an estimate and is not legally binding.
Check with your employer to see if they offer relocation assistance to help offset the cost of the move. Also, make sure that you keep all of your moving-related receipts to give to your tax professional next year. Many of your moving-related expenses could be tax deductible or qualify you for a credit on your taxes.
Cable Providers Available in Maryland
There are many cable operators currently providing service to the various parts of Maryland. Depending on whether you are moving to the Eastern Shore, the Baltimore and DC area, Chesapeake Bay, or the west of the state, you may have several to choose from. Armstrong, Charter, Mediacom, and Comcast all offer service in Maryland and setting up your new service, or moving your current service to your new address is easy with SmartMove.
If your current cable provider is operating in the area of Maryland to which you’ll be relocating, SmartMove can help you move your Internet, TV, and phone service to your new address. Having cable service set up in advance of your move can be a great help when you arrive at your new home. Just imagine how nice it will be to bring your existing cable equipment with you when you move, as you simply plug it in to access all of the services you’ve come to rely on the first day you spend in your new home. Avoid unnecessary delays by using SmartMove.
Energy Providers Available in Maryland
In the state of Maryland, energy is distributed by a handful of public and private local utilities. Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) provides both electric and gas in the central Maryland area that surrounds Baltimore. Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) services most of Montgomery County and Prince George’s County and the Washington DC area. Delmarva Power is a part of PEPCO that provides energy in Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Choptank Electric Cooperative also provides service to the eastern shore.
Potomac Edison Company provides electricity to Allegheny, Washington, and Frederick Counties, and portions of Carroll, Howard, and Montgomery Counties. The Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) covers three counties in southern Maryland. Choptank Electric serves nine different counties that are located on the eastern shore, and the towns of Hagerstown, Berlin, and Williamsport are served by municipal utilities.
You may have some degree of choice, depending on where you will be living in Maryland. Consider calling ahead and setting up your utility accounts prior to your move-in date. You may be able to save yourself some time—and possibly some money—by setting up your utilities in advance of your upcoming move.
Moving to Maryland—Car Registration and Other Important Tasks
There is so much planning and preparing to do for your move to Maryland. Taking the time to register your car, change your address, and get your new ID can seem like something you can put off until later. However, as is the case in many other states, Maryland only gives new residents a limited amount of time to get their cars registered and to get their Maryland ID. In Maryland, vehicle registration and driver’s licensing are handled by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration.
In addition to making your obligatory trip to the DMV once you arrive in Maryland, you’ll also want to make sure to provide the U.S. Postal Service with your new address, as well as any companies that you have accounts with such as your bank, creditors, and the insurance companies, too.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.