Getting Ready to Move to Massachusetts
The state of Massachusetts, one of the original thirteen colonies and home to many of our nation’s most venerable institutions, is a fantastic place to live. Whether you’re moving to the Boston metropolitan area, Cape Cod, or somewhere in the western part of the state, SmartMove is ready to help you plan your move from the beginning, all the way through to its completion.
Moving to a new state can be both stressful and challenging, and everything can be made worse by lack of preparation. It doesn’t matter if you’re moving to a new rental home or a house you’ve purchased in Massachusetts – careful planning and solid preparation are the two keys to pulling off a worry-free move. SmartMove is ready to help you with great advice on moving, handy checklists, and other helpful tools to get you ready to move, all while saving money on common moving-related expenses. Read on for a complete guide on moving to Massachusetts.
Help and Services for Moving to Massachusetts
When it comes to moving, the first step is typically hiring a moving company. If you’re planning to go this route instead of renting a truck, trailer, or shippable pod, you’ll want to start by looking into local moving companies in your current area that offer relocation services to Massachusetts.
Once you’ve researched your options, take the time to read through online reviews of each company, looking for information on how well they handle the move and anything that comes up during the move. SmartMove has also an incredibly handy tool to help you compare moving companies before making your choice.
Once you’ve got your list narrowed down to a few finalists, ask them for estimates so you can compare costs and services. That should help you make the final selection. When you’ve arrived at one company, make sure to ask for a bill of lading. A bill of lading may read like an estimate and contain very similar language as an order for service, but a bill of lading is a legally binding contract that will protect you in the event that anything goes wrong during the move.
If you choose to do the work of packing, loading, transport, unloading, and unpacking yourself, be sure to tap into any available friends, associates, and family for help. Moving yourself, or even just doing some of the work yourself, can be a great way to save money.
Speaking of saving money, make sure that you check with your current or prospective employer about relocation assistance for your move to Massachusetts. Furthermore, make sure that you track your expenses during your move and save all of your moving-related receipts. Your tax professional should be able to take your receipts and let you know if you qualify for a tax credit or deduction.
Cable Providers Available in Massachusetts
Getting cable service set up in your new home in Massachusetts could not be any easier than it is with SmartMove. Cable One, Charter, Comcast, and Cox all offer cable service in the state. SmartMove is ready to help you transfer Internet, TV, and phone service with your existing company or, if you don’t currently have service with one of these, to set up service with your new provider.
If your current cable provider is operating in Massachusetts, SmartMove may be able to help you get set up so that all you have to do is bring your equipment with you when you move, and plug it in at your new home. That way, you can enjoy all of the fantastic cable services you’ve come to rely upon from your very first day in your new home.
Even if you need to set up service with a new provider, SmartMove can help you get it all done ahead of time. By doing this, you have one less detail to worry about when you move. You also may be able to shave some of the wait time off your install appointment in your new home by setting up your account and the service call ahead of time through SmartMove.
Energy Providers Available in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts, residents are allowed to choose their utility companies. All investor-owned utilities are regulated by the Massachusetts State Department of Public Utilities. There are several options available to the consumer, depending upon where they live in the state.
To shop available electric utilities, go to Energy Switch Massachusetts, plug in your new zip code, and see what your options will be. To review what your available options for natural gas service will be, just visit the Massachusetts State Department of Public Utilities website directly.
Moving to Massachusetts—Car Registration
Moving to Massachusetts is much easier when you take a little time out to use tools like the moving checklist from SmartMove to keep all the details of your move organized. Little details like getting your new ID and getting your vehicles titled and registered in your new state can be easily overlooked when you’re dealing with everything that goes along with a major move. Unfortunately, all too often, overlooked details can result in penalties.
The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is the state agency that licenses both drivers and vehicles. The Massachusetts RMV allows conversion of existing out-of-state driver’s licenses and will let you begin the process (as well as thirty other processes) online.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.