Getting Ready to Move to Oklahoma
Oklahoma, which shares its entire southern border with Texas, and touches five additional states along its other borders, is a tremendous place to live. No matter where in Oklahoma you will be moving, SmartMove is at the ready with tools to help you execute your move with ease.
Moving to the great state of Oklahoma without subjecting yourself to tremendous stress will involve plenty preparation and planning. This is true whether you will be renting a new place or buying your home. With the handy tools available at SmartMove, you will be able to plan your move with ease and confidence, save yourself a bit of money on a variety of moving-related expenses, and set up everything you need to get you going in your new Oklahoma home. Read on for a complete moving to Oklahoma guide.
Help and Services for Moving to Oklahoma
Many people choose to move their household goods themselves. If you are interested in doing some or all of the packing and shipping yourself, there are most likely several businesses local to your current location that are ready to rent you a trailer, truck, or transferable storage container, so you can save yourself a bit of money on the moving process.
For some people, doing it by yourself will either be unappealing or just not logistically possible. If this is the case for you, then start your search for a reputable moving service by looking around your current area for a company that can move you to the area of Oklahoma where you’ll be relocating. Begin by reading online reviews of all companies that meet your criteria for a mover. Look for glowing reviews of a company’s customer service, reliability, and promptness, for example. Be sure to check out the handy tool at SmartMove to compare movers in your area.
Once you’ve narrowed down the possibilities to a handful of finalists, solicit estimates from a few of the best qualified companies so you can compare costs and services. When you’ve settled on a company, it’s time to ask them for a bill of lading or contract.
A bill of lading is a legally binding document that protects you in case anything goes wrong during the move. This differs from an “order for service” which is just a detailed estimate and is not legally binding. Keep the bill of lading someplace safe until the move is complete.
Whether you choose to hire movers or decide to go it alone, make sure that you check with your current or prospective Oklahoma employer about relocation assistance. Further, it may be wise to keep all your receipts to give to your tax professional next spring. Often, some or all of of your moving-related expenses may be tax deductible or qualify you for a credit.
Cable Providers Available in Oklahoma
There are a several cable service providers currently operating in Oklahoma. Depending on if you are relocating to the Pan Handle or anywhere else in Oklahoma, you may be able to choose between one or more of them for your TV, Internet, and phone needs. Cable One, Charter, Cox, and Suddenlink all offer service in the state and setting up new service, or moving your service if your existing provider is also operating in Oklahoma, is a snap with SmartMove.
If your current provider is operating in your new location in Oklahoma, you may be able to use SmartMove to transfer your Internet, TV, and phone service to your new address. Having this set up in advance of your move can go a long way toward easing your transition to your new home.
Imagine how much nicer it would be to bring your existing cable equipment with you when you move, and to be able to plug in and access TV, Internet, and phone service on the first day in your new home, instead of waiting for a service call after you’ve already moved. Avoid unnecessary delays by using SmartMove.
Energy Providers Available in Oklahoma
Energy providers in the great state of Oklahoma are deregulated. Depending on where you live, you may have several options when it comes to choosing a natural gas or electricity provider. Check out the PDF available from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to look up your options by city.
You may have some choice when it comes to which utility companies you get your electricity and gas from. Regardless of which companies you end up purchasing power from, consider calling ahead and providing them with your new address in Oklahoma, as well as your move-in date. By doing this, you may be able to ease your transition by setting up your utility accounts in advance of your move. You may even be able to save yourself some time and a little bit of money.
Moving to Oklahoma – Car Registration and Other Final Tasks
There is so much to plan and do to prepare for your move to Oklahoma, that DMV and other state services may seem like something you can put off until later. But like many other states, Oklahoma gives new residents a limited amount of time to register their vehicles in the state and to get a Oklahoma license or state ID. In Oklahoma, driver’s licensing and state ID cards are handled by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.
New residents are required to title and register their vehicles once they’ve established residency in the state. Car registration in Oklahoma is handled by the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Getting set up ahead of time may not be possible with the DPS in Oklahoma, but you’ll want to take care of as many of the other moving details as you can prior to your move. For example, be sure to change your address with the U.S. Postal Service, and let your bank and other creditors know of your new address.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.