Getting Ready to Move to Ohio
The state of Ohio is both rich with economic opportunity and a surprisingly inexpensive place to live, so it’s no surprise you’re planning a move. With a great mix of urban and rural locations to live in, Ohio is known for being one of the most affordable states in the U.S. Whether you are planning to relocate to the state capital of Columbus, or to Toledo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, or one of the fantastic smaller towns in Ohio, SmartMove is ready to help you with planning and pulling off your big move.
As with all relocations, far or near, moving to Ohio requires effective advance preparation. With the smart 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 also helping to plan your move. Read on for a complete guide to moving to Ohio, and take the stress out of the process with SmartMove.
Help and Services for Moving to Ohio
You have many options to choose from when it comes to the job of physically moving your household to Ohio. You can begin your preparations by comparing different movers in your area that offer service to Ohio. SmartMove has a handy tool that helps you find moving services. Regardless, you’ll want to invest the time necessary to read online reviews of moving companies to ensure that you have a good idea of who you can count on to deliver your household goods safely, securely, and on-time to your new home.
Once you’ve done your Internet research and narrowed the options down to a handful of companies, you’ll want to 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 always make sure to get prior to beginning the move. Keep it in a safe place while you are moving, and 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 Ohio.
Even if you are planning to handle some or all of the labor of moving yourself, make sure to do two things. First, check with your employer—especially if you are moving to Ohio to take a new position with your current employer or if you are relocating to accept a job offer with a new employer. See if they have a policy offering employees relocation assistance or reimbursement of moving expenses, as many 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 they may qualify you for a tax credit. Check with your tax professional to be sure.
Cable Providers Available in Ohio
It couldn’t be easier to set up TV, Internet, and phone in your new Ohio home. Whether you will be getting cable service from Comcast, Charter, Cox, Suddenlink, Mediacom, or Armstrong, 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 services in the area of Ohio 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 Ohio home. Using SmartMove to transfer or start new 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 TV, Internet, and phone service so that you can get back to business as usual, as soon as possible in your new home. No matter where you are relocating in Ohio, we have the tools to make your move easier.
Energy Providers Available in Ohio
If you’d like to remove even more items from your moving to-do list prior to the big day, 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 Ohio will be determined primarily by the part of the state that you’ll be living in.
The Public Utility Commission of Ohio publishes handy maps that can help you easily identify your new energy and water providers, regardless of where you will be living in the state. Their website also offers a tool to let you search your utility provider by address, should you already know where you will be living.
Ohio has four primary electricity providers—American Electric Power, Duke Energy Ohio, Dayton Power & Light, and FirstEnergy. The state has four natural gas providers as well—Columbia Gas, Dominion Energy Ohio, Duke Energy Ohio, and Vectren. All water service in the state is handled by Aqua Ohio Water.
Important Ohio Agencies and Resources
Right now, while you’re planning your move to Ohio, a driver’s license may be the last thing on your mind. But, like most other states, the state of Ohio only gives you a finite amount of time to transfer your license and to register your vehicles once you’ve established residency. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles handles the issuing of state ID, driver’s licensing, and the registration of vehicles.
The Ohio BMV has published a handy guide for new residents to help them understand their rights and responsibilities in the state. New residents are allotted thirty days from the establishment of their Ohio residency—whether you establish residency by taking a job, enrolling your children in school, or by purchasing a home—to procure an Ohio driver’s license and an Ohio title and plates for your vehicles.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.