Getting Ready to Move to New Mexico
New Mexico isn’t called “The Land of Enchantment” for no reason; the state is rich with economic opportunity, and yet remains a surprisingly inexpensive place to live. With an enviable mix of urban and rural locations to live in, affordable housing costs, and a low cost of living, New Mexico is known for being one of the most liveable states in the U.S.
Whether you are planning to relocate to the artsy state capital Santa Fe, the ski town of Taos, the bustling metropolis of Albuquerque, or any one of the fantastic smaller towns in New Mexico, SmartMove is ready to help you with planning and pulling off your big move.
Moving to New Mexico requires effective advance preparation, as you might have expected. But with the easy-to-use tools available at SmartMove, you can get a headstart on organizing and planning for your move. Regardless of whether you’re moving into a new home or a rental, SmartMove can get you terrific deals on a wide variety of moving-related expenses, while helping to plan your move. Read on for a complete guide to relocating to New Mexico.
Help and Services for Moving to New Mexico
You have many options to choose from when it comes to the job of physically moving your household to New Mexico. You can begin your preparations by comparing different movers in your area that offer moving service to the state. SmartMove has a handy tool that helps you find just the moving services you’re looking for.
At this stage, you’ll want to invest the time necessary to read online reviews of prospective moving companies. You want to ensure that you have a realistic idea of who you can count on to deliver your household goods safely, securely, and on-time to your new home in New Mexico.
Once you’ve done your Internet research and narrowed the options down to a handful of companies, solicit estimates from each of your finalists to make sure that you’re getting the best possible deal. But don’t confuse an estimate or “order of service” with a binding contract or “bill of lading.” A bill of lading is a legally binding document that you should make sure to get prior to beginning the move. Keep it in a safe place while you are moving, so you can refer to it should anything out of the ordinary happen with the movers.
If you’re looking to save money on the move, you might elect to do some or all of the packing, loading, driving, and unloading yourself or with the help of friends and family. There should be several truck rental companies available in your area that allow drive-away rentals of trucks, trailers, dollies, and other moving equipment to wherever you are relocating in New Mexico.
Even if you are planning to handle some of the labor of moving yourself, make sure to do two things. First, check with your employer, whether you are moving to New Mexico to take a new position with your current employer, or you are relocating to accept a job offer with a new employer. Ask them if they have a policy offering employees relocation assistance or reimbursement for moving expenses, as many companies do.
Second, save your receipts and take them with you when it’s time to prepare your taxes next spring. Some or all of your moving expenses may be deductible, or qualify you for a tax credit. Check with your tax professional to be sure.
Cable Providers Available in New Mexico
It couldn’t be easier to set up cable service for your home in New Mexico. Whether you will be getting cable service from Suddenlink, Sparklight, Comcast, or Charter, and no matter if you’re looking to bundle services or just transfer or set up cable, SmartMove is ready to help you.
If you’re lucky and your current cable provider also offers TV, Internet, and phone service in the area of New Mexico where you will be making your new home, SmartMove can help you transfer existing service. In fact, you may even be able to transfer service in advance of your move-in date so that your cable is ready to use from the start of your life in your new home.
Using SmartMove to transfer or start new Internet, TV, and phone service can make everything easier, and will give you one less thing to worry about when it comes time to move. SmartMove is prepared to help you move your cable service so that you can get back to business as soon as possible in your new home. No matter where you are relocating in New Mexico, we have the tools to make your move easier.
Energy Providers Available in New Mexico
If you’d like to cross off even more items from your moving to-do list prior to the big day, then consider investigating utility providers in your new area and setting up your electric, gas, and water accounts (if possible) prior to your move. As in most other states, your new utility providers in New Mexico will be determined primarily by the part of the state where you’ll be living.
New Mexico has three investor-owned electric companies: the Public Service Company of New Mexico, El Paso Electric, and Xcel Energy. The Public Service Company (PNM) is based in Albuquerque; El Paso Electric covers most of southern New Mexico and some of West Texas; Xcel Energy operates in many areas of the state.
Natural gas in New Mexico is primarily provided by three companies: New Mexico Gas Company, Zia Natural Gas Company, and Raton Natural Gas. Additionally, there are twenty-one electric cooperatives in New Mexico, and ten municipal natural gas utilities.
Relocating to New Mexico – Important Agencies and Resources
Right now, while you’re planning your move to New Mexico, a driver’s license may be the last thing on your mind. But like most other states, New Mexico only gives you a finite amount of time to transfer your license and to register your vehicles once you’ve established residency. The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division, or MVD, handles the issuing of state IDs, driver’s licenses, and the registration of vehicles.
In addition to getting your vehicles registered in the state and procuring your New Mexico ID, you’ll also want to visit the U.S. Postal Service to change your address and to let your creditors, insurance companies, and any other companies you have regular business with know where you are living in New Mexico.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.