Getting Ready to Move to Michigan
Michigan, the state that borders four of the Great Lakes, features tremendous economic opportunity in Detroit and the other cities known for this nation’s automobile industry. There are also tremendous recreational and cultural opportunities, as well. Whether you are relocating to the Upper Peninsula of Northern Michigan, the Lower Peninsula, central Michigan, west Michigan, or southeast Michigan, SmartMove is at the ready with tools to help you execute your move with ease.
When planning your move to Michigan, you’ll want to have enough time for the right amount of preparation and planning. This is true whether you will be renting a new place in the Wolverine State, or buying a home of your own. With the easy-to-use tools at SmartMove, you will be able to plan your move with confidence, save yourself a bit of money on a variety of moving-related expenses, and set up everything you need to get you going in your new Michigan home. Read on for a complete moving to Michigan guide.
Help and Services for Moving to Michigan
Many people choose to move their household goods themselves. If you are into doing some or all of the packing and shipping yourself, there are most likely several businesses local to your current location that are ready to rent you a trailer, truck, or transferable storage container, so you can save yourself a bit of money on the deal.
If, however, moving by yourself is either unappealing or just not logistically possible, you can start your search for a reputable moving company by looking around your current area for movers that offer services to the area of Michigan where you will be relocating. Begin by reading online reviews of all the companies that meet your criteria for a mover. Look for stellar reviews of a company’s customer service, reliability, and promptness, and be sure to check out the handy tool at SmartMove to compare movers in your area.
Once you’ve narrowed down the possibilities to a handful of finalists, solicit estimates from a few of the best qualified companies so you can compare costs and services. When you’ve settled on a company, be sure to ask them for a bill of lading, or contract.
A bill of lading is a legally binding document that protects you in case anything goes wrong during the move. This differs from an “order for service,” which is just a detailed estimate and is not legally binding. Keep the bill of lading someplace safe and handy until your move to Michigan is complete.
Whether you choose to hire movers or decide to go it alone, make sure that you check with your current or prospective Michigan employer about relocation assistance. Similarly, be sure to keep all your receipts related to moving, and give them to your tax professional next spring. Some or all of of your moving-related expenses may be tax deductible or qualify you for a credit.
Cable Providers Available in Michigan
There are a several cable service providers currently operating in Michigan. Depending on if you are relocating to the Upper Peninsula, Lower Peninsula, Central, West, or Southeast Michigan, you may be able to choose between one or more of them for your TV, Internet, and phone needs. Armstrong, Charter, Mediacom, and Comcast all offer service in the state, and setting up new service, or moving your service if your existing provider is also operating in Michigan, is a snap with SmartMove.
If your current provider is operating in your new location in Michigan, you may be able to use SmartMove to simply move your service to your new address. Having this set up in advance of your move can go a long way toward easing your transition to your new home.
Just imagine how much nicer it would be to bring your existing cable equipment with you when you move, as you plug in and access TV, internet, and your phone on your first day in your new home. If you want to avoid waiting for a service call after you’ve already moved, you can avoid unnecessary delays by using SmartMove.
Energy Providers Available in Michigan
The energy providers that you will be setting up accounts with in Michigan are regulated by the Michigan Public Service Commission. Investor-owned electricity providers in the state include Alpena Power Company, Consumers Energy Company, DTE Electric Company, Indiana Michigan Power Company, Northern States Power Company, Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation, Upper Peninsula Power Company, and Wisconsin Electric Power Company.
Cooperative electric utilities in the state include Alger Delta Cooperative Electric, Bayfield Electric Cooperative, Cherryland Electric Cooperative, Cloverland Electric Cooperative, Great Lakes Energy Cooperative, Midwest Energy Cooperative, Ontonagon County Rural Electrification Association, Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op, Thumb Electric Cooperative, Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative. There are also several municipal electric utilities in smaller towns and cities throughout the state.
Natural gas providers in Michigan include Aurora Gas Company, Citizens Gas Fuel Company, Consumers Energy Company, DTE Gas Company, Michigan Gas Utilities Corporation, Northern States Power Company, Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op, SEMCO Energy Gas Company, Superior Energy Company, and the Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation.
You may have some choice when it comes to which utility companies you get your electricity and gas from. Regardless of which companies you end up purchasing power from, consider calling ahead and providing them with your new address in Michigan as well as your move-in date. You may be able to further ease your transition by setting up your utility accounts in advance of your move, and you may even be able to save some money in the process.
Important Michigan State Agencies and Other Resources
There is so much to plan and do in order to prepare for your upcoming move to Michigan. Because of this, DMV and other state services may seem like something you can put off until later. But, like many other states, Michigan gives new residents a limited amount of time to register their vehicles in the state and to get a Michigan license or state ID. In Michigan, vehicle registration, driver’s licensing, and state ID cards are handled by the Michigan Secretary of State’s office.
New residents are required to title and register their vehicles “immediately” upon establishing residency in the state. Michigan also requires new residents to get their Michigan ID or driver’s license upon moving to the state, or beginning to work in Michigan with “the intent to stay.” The Secretary of State’s office can also register you to vote while you’re there.
Getting set up ahead of time may not be possible with the DMV in Michigan, but you’ll want to take care of as many of the other moving details as you can prior to your move. Change your address with the U.S. Postal Service, and make sure to let your bank and other creditors know where you’ll be living.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.