Getting Ready to Move to North Carolina
Whether you’re planning a move to Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill (the three cities that together are home to the nation’s largest research park); a move to Charlotte, one of the nation’s largest banking hubs; or any one of a hundred other idyllic towns and small cities, SmartMove is here to help you with your upcoming move.
Moving to North Carolina will require a solid amount of planning and preparation regardless of whether you’re buying a new home or renting your next place. With SmartMove, you can find great deals on moving-related expenses while planning out the details of your move, using our handy, free tools. You can save money and get organized for your move to the Tar Heel State at the same time, with SmartMove.
Help and Services for Moving to North Carolina
The best place to begin your search for a moving company is by looking in your own backyard. Local movers in the area where you are currently residing will typically offer moving service to North Carolina, so this is a great place to start. SmartMove has a handy tool to help you find movers that will move you safely and securely to North Carolina. And, if you use SmartMove’s detailed moving checklist, your move will be so well planned that you won’t miss a single key detail.
Before you pick a moving company though, make sure you invest the energy needed to read up on the quality of their customer service through online reviews. You’ll want to look out for red flags regarding companies’ handling of disputes and damage while reading up about the general level of customer care. Remember, you can always handle some or all of the move yourself by renting a truck, trailer, or pod locally and packing and moving your goods yourself.
Regardless of whether you do it yourself or get professional help for some or all of your move, make sure that you check into your employer’s relocation assistance policy or program. Also, make sure to keep your receipts from the move, and talk to a tax professional about what may be deductible or if qualify you for a credit on next year’s taxes.
One more thing about using professional movers – always make sure to solicit estimates from multiple companies so you can compare service rates. Further, when you select your movers, make sure they provide you with a bill of lading or another legally binding contract. Be warned: an “order for service” or estimate is not enforceable if something goes wrong. Instead, make sure to get a bill of lading (a contract), and keep it in a safe place until your move is complete.
Cable Providers Available in North Carolina
Depending on where you’re moving to in North Carolina, you may have different options when it comes to TV, Internet, and phone service providers. With Armstrong, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Mediacom, and Suddenlink all operating in the state of North Carolina, you can leverage SmartMove’s tool to discover which are available in your area. But moving your service or setting up new service if your current provider doesn’t operate in your new area, is simple and easy when you use SmartMove.
If you’re lucky and your current provider also offers services in your new area in North Carolina, you may be able to simply carry your service over at the new address. Knowing where your cable service and Internet service will come from once you arrive at your new home is a terrific bonus to planning your move in advance and using SmartMove.
Having things handled before you arrive at your new location takes one more headache off your plate, and removes any unnecessary delays and downtime that is typically associated with having to schedule a service appointment once you’ve already moved.
Energy Providers Available in North Carolina
Energy utilities in the state of North Carolina are regulated by the North Carolina Utilities Commission. There are thirty-two member-owned electricity providers operating in the state, as well as three investor-owned utilities, and seventy municipal and university utilities. There is a handy map located at Carolina Country to help you get a better understanding of what your local options may be before you relocate.
Regardless of what your options are for power, gas, and water once you arrive in North Carolina, you’ll want to take the time to investigate and select utilities before you move. Doing the work in advance to set up your accounts and provide your gas, electric, and water companies with your move-in date and address can save you the hassle of trying to do so while you are unpacking.
Important North Carolina State Agencies and Resources
There are so many little details to handle when you are planning a move. Using a tool like the SmartMove moving checklist will help you organize and execute your move with a bit more ease. Make sure to include a trip to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles in your plans. North Carolina gives new residents up to sixty days to obtain a new driver’s license, and requires that you do so prior to registering any vehicles in the state.
Identify your utility providers for cable, electricity, gas, water, and other necessities and get them set up ahead of time. Remember that you can save money by setting up your utilities to start on your exact move-in date. Update all of your financial and credit accounts prior to your move, and don’t forget to change your address with the U.S. Postal Service so that your mail can find you at your new home in North Carolina.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.