Getting Ready to Move to Mississippi
Mississippi, a beautiful state that’s rich in the traditions of the deep south, is a wonderful place to live and to relocate to. Regardless of which of Mississippi’s regions you’re planning to move to, you’re sure to find a fantastic new start once you arrive. Whether you’re relocating for a new job, for a change of scenery, or to retire to a warmer climate, SmartMove is here to help you during the move to your next home.
No matter whether you’re planning to rent a new home in Mississippi or to purchase one, the move itself will require careful planning and preparation. Using SmartMove to help make things easier, you can find great savings and incredible deals on a wide variety of moving-related costs. Read our guide on moving to Mississippi and walk through all the steps you need to take to prepare for your upcoming move to “The Hospitality State.”
Help and Services for Moving to Mississippi
When you’re looking for a reliable moving company, it’s easiest to begin your search in the area where you currently live, seeking out companies that offer moving services to the state of Mississippi. During your search, you’ll want to compare prices from as many licensed movers as possible to ensure that you are getting the best possible deal.
The SmartMove website has a great tool to help you find reliable moving services for your move to Mississippi. Also, by employing our comprehensive moving checklist, you can make sure that your upcoming move will go as smoothly as possible, and that all the details are planned and accounted for ahead of time.
Before you select a moving company to handle your move to Mississippi, make sure that you look at the online reviews available for each company in your group of finalists. You’ll want to make sure that you’re selecting a company known for superior customer care, quality of service, attention to detail, and comprehensive policies regarding breakage or other potential issues that may come up during the move.
Additionally, make sure that you take the time to get a bill of lading, which is a final contract for services. Do not confuse this important and legally binding document with an order for service (or estimate), which will not protect you if something about your move goes wrong. Keep you bill of lading someplace safe throughout your move to Mississippi, until the entire process is complete.
Many people moving to Mississippi choose to do it on their own, using a truck or trailer rental service like Hertz, Penske, or U-Haul, while handling the packing, loading, and unloading themselves. Regardless of whether you choose to handle the labor yourself or to hire professionals, always make sure to check with your employer about moving allowances to see if they will help with some of the substantial costs that are often associated with moving.
Relocating, whether across the country or across the region, can also potentially help you out a little when it comes time to do your taxes. In some cases, moving expenses can be an allowable deduction on your federal return. Save all of your moving-related receipts and check with a tax professional about deductions or credits that might be available to you. Also, make sure to check with your employer to see if they have relocation assistance available.
Cable Providers Available in Mississippi
SmartMove is ready to help you transfer your cable service, or set up new service for your home in your new state. Depending on where you will be moving to in Mississippi, you could find cable service available from Cable One, Charter, Mediacom, Suddenlink, or Comcast.
To get a better idea of which TV, Internet, and phone providers offer their service in the area of Mississippi you’re moving to, use SmartMove to set things up in advance of your move. SmartMove can let you know if your new cable provider is the same as your existing provider, to help make the transfer of services easy. You may even be able to have everything scheduled before your move, so you have one less detail to worry about.
Using SmartMove to help you set up Internet, TV, and phone service in Mississippi will cut down on the hassle involved with setting up new service after you’ve already moved in. Transferring service in advance can take some of the stress out of moving. Setting up the move with SmartMove can also help you avoid unnecessary downtime and delays when it comes to setting up your service appointment at your new home.
Energy Providers Available in Mississippi
In addition to cable service, you’ll also want to plan ahead for setting up your utilities at your new home in Mississippi. Unlike many other states in the U.S., in Mississippi, consumers have the right to select utility companies. The three major electricity providers in the state include Entergy Mississippi, Mississippi Power Company, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. But there are also several member-owned co-op utilities and small municipal utilities, as well. For more information about energy suppliers in the state and your rights as a consumer, be sure and check out Mississippi Works.
Identify which energy providers you’d like to work with at your new home and your local water and sewer companies, and get your accounts with them set up in advance of your move to help make the transition as seamless as possible. If you can give the utility companies a start date, you can often set up your new services to begin on the same day you occupy your new home. This will save you a lot of hassle and potentially, some money, too.
Moving to Mississippi – Drivers License and Other Final Tasks
Using the handy moving checklist available at SmartMove will help you keep all the details of your move to Mississippi well organized. These include details like getting your car registered in Mississippi, getting new license plates, and getting a new driver’s license, too. In Mississippi, driver licensing, state ID cards, and vehicle registration and titling are handled by the state’s Department of Public Safety. Check out their website for a list of licensing offices, and for all of the details and forms that you may need.
You’ll also want to make sure that you’ve updated all of your financial information prior to your move. Let your credit card companies, bank, insurance providers, and other creditors know that you are moving, and what your new address will be. Remember to setup your move with the U.S. Postal Service so your mail will be forwarded or sent to your new home.
Now that you’ve read through SmartMove’s Moving to Mississippi guide, you should have all the information and tools necessary to make the move as smooth as possible.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.