Getting Ready to Move to Missouri
Missouri, located in the center of the U.S., is an amazing place to live, and if you’re planning an upcoming move, the “Show Me State” is bound to show you a good time. Missouri is one of the midwest’s major hubs of commerce and transportation, and features a robust economy and plenty of job opportunities. There are several great reasons to relocate to Missouri, whether you’re moving to the St. Louis in the east, Kansas City in the west, or any of the amazing places in between. As you get ready to move, make sure you take advantage of all of the great tools available to you on SmartMove, so you can plan and execute your relocation with ease.
No matter whether you’ll be renting or purchasing a new place to live in the great state of Missouri, you’ll want to make sure to do as much advance planning as possible to ensure that your move is stress-free. SmartMove has some great tools and deals that can help you plan your move, all while you save money on many of the costs associated with moving. This guide will help you get ready for your move to Missouri.
Support and Services for Moving to Missouri
The first step toward planning your move to Missouri is to figure out if you’re going to move your belongings yourself, using the labor of friends and family (as available), or if you’ll hire professionals to help with some or all of the process. Packing, loading, transporting, unloading, and unpacking are all daunting tasks, so leaving the heavy lifting to the professionals often makes sense. But if you are looking to save money, you can do some or all of the work yourself by renting a truck, trailer, or shippable pod.
If you decide to hire a moving company, a great first step to finding the perfect moving partner is to look around your local area for companies that offer moving service to where you’ll be living in Missouri. Read the online reviews of each company that offers the service you need, and see what their former customers have to say about the company’s level of customer service, how well the move was executed, and how any challenges or disputes were handled.
When you’ve narrowed the field to a handful of finalists, ask each company for an estimate so you can compare the level of service they offer for the price they’re asking. Select a mover from your finalists and then ask them for a bill of lading. Do not confuse a bill of lading with an “order for service,” as an order for service is not a legally binding document, though it does contain similar language to a contract.
Regardless of whether you’re planning to move yourself or hire the pros, make sure that you track your moving-related expenses and keep your receipts. When tax time comes, give these to your tax professional to see if you qualify for a deduction or credit for moving expenses. Also, make sure to check with your employer to see about an employee relocation assistance policy. Wouldn’t it be great to have your company cover some or all of the cost of the move?
Cable Providers Available in Missouri
Having your cable service set up in advance of your move is a great way to save hassle—and, in some cases, expense. There are several great cable providers currently operating in the various parts of the state of Missouri. Depending on where you will be living in the state, you may be able to choose between multiple providers. You may even be able to transfer your service to your new address, if you’re staying with your current provider.
SmartMove is ready to help you set up new Internet, TV, and phone service or transfer existing service with Suddenlink, Mediacom, Charter, Cox, Cable One, or Comcast. Moving can be very stressful. Setting up your cable service in advance lets you check one more thing off your to-do list for moving. Doing this will either give you the potential to shave waiting time off your installation appointment, or to bring your equipment along and plug it in on your first day in your new place.
Energy Providers Available in Missouri
Just like the payoff for the advance work you put into setting up your cable service in advance of your move to Missouri, you can reap benefits by getting your new utilities set up as much as possible, even before you start packing your boxes. If you do a little of the work in advance, you won’t have to worry about it while you’re trying to unload your truck at your new home.
There are 117 municipal utilities in the state of Missouri, and nine more that operate across borders from neighboring Arkansas, Illinois, and Mississippi. There are also three investor-owned electric companies, and five investor-owned gas companies operating in various regions throughout the state. Where you will be living will determine which utility will deliver your energy, water, and sewer service.
Moving to Missouri—Car Registration and Other Important State Agencies
Thanks to the helpful tools at SmartMove, you should be able to get out in front of your relocation to Missouri, planning and executing the various chores associated with moving, including getting up your cable and utilities set up in advance for your new home. SmartMove has a handy moving checklist that can help you keep your moving tasks organized, including registering your car in Missouri and getting your new ID.
In contrast to many other states, in Missouri, car registration is handled by the Missouri Department of Revenue. Missouri gives new residents up to thirty days to register their vehicles in the state. Driver licensing and ID issuance is also handled by the Department of Revenue. Make sure to download the forms you’ll need in advance to save hassle at the DMV. Also, make sure to change your address with the U.S. Postal Service and all the companies you hold accounts with prior to your move to ensure that correspondence reaches you at your new home.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.