Getting Ready to Move to Oregon
Representing the end of the Oregon Trail and playing home to many popular brands together with an absolute scenic wonderland, Oregon has a special mix of innovation, commerce, and culture all its own. Whether you are planning to move to Portland or another destination in the Willamette Valley, to Ashland or Medford in the south of the state, or to the high desert country of Bend in eastern Oregon, SmartMove is here to help you pull off the perfect move.
Like moving anywhere else, putting together a move to Oregon requires planning and advance preparation. It makes no sizeable difference if you’re moving to a home you’ve purchased in advance, or if you are moving into a rental, as preparation for your move is key to success in either case. SmartMove is ready to help you find great deals on all your moving-related expenses, helping you plan your move while you save money. Read on for some great information to help you put together your move to Oregon.
Help and Services for Moving to Oregon
These days, you have many options when it comes to moving to Oregon. You could begin your preparations by searching for moving companies in your current area that offer moving services to Oregon. If you’re planning to hire movers, just make sure that you get at least three estimates for the complete cost of the move before you pick a company. This way, you can rest assured that you’ve gotten a terrific deal before you put pen to paper and sign a moving contract.
Also, make sure you take the time to check out online reviews for the movers you are considering. You can find out a great deal about a company and how they handle issues that may come up during your move by reading up online. Next, it’s important that you know what you’re signing when you’re hiring a moving company.
For example, there is a significant difference between a bill of lading and an order of service, although you might not be able to tell the difference between the two documents at first glance. The order of service is the company’s estimate of what the move will cost. The bill of lading, however, is a final contract for services that stipulates the terms of the agreement you are entering into with the moving company.
Though both documents may contain similar language and provisions, one is binding while the other is not. Make sure to protect yourself by obtaining a bill of lading and hanging onto it until the move is completed, and any potential damage is settled along with the final bill.
You might also look into doing some or all of the work of moving your household yourself. There are several truck rental companies that most likely have locations near where you currently live. Or, you might look into a pod-based moving service, where you pack a transportable container with all your goods and have it delivered to your front door once you reach your new home.
Regardless of how you go about transferring your household goods during your move to Oregon, you’ll want to check with your current employer if you’re transferring to a new location for an opportunity in your company, or with your new employer to see if they offer relocation assistance or moving expense reimbursement. Also, make sure to keep all of the receipts associated with the move for your tax accountant. Some or all of your moving expenses may be tax deductible.
Cable Providers Available in Oregon
Getting cable set up in your new home in Oregon is quick and easy. Whether you will be getting TV, Internet, and phone service from Bend Broadband, Sparklight, Charter, or Comcast, SmartMove is ready to help you get everything ready to go.
You may find that only one company provides cable service in the town or city you’re relocating to in Oregon. But in most cases, you will have more than one company to choose from. If you are in a position to transfer Internet, TV, and phone service to your new location without changing companies, however, it can make everything much easier and smoother—giving you one less thing to worry about during your move.
Regardless, SmartMove is ready to help you move your cable. Nothing beats unpacking and already having your services transferred, allowing you to access the Internet to pay bills and set up new accounts, connect with friends and family back home, investigate the local attractions near to your new home, and entertain your family after a long day on the road. SmartMove is an amazing tool to help you get your TV, Internet, and phone service set up in your new place.
Energy Providers Available in Oregon
To take even more stress out of your move to Oregon, you’ll also want to take the time to set up accounts with your local utility providers in advance. As with most states, who your water, power, and natural gas provider is in Oregon will depend upon where you will be living. The state has provided you with a handy map to help you figure out who is operating in your area.
Electricity providers in Oregon include Portland General Electric, Pacific Power and Light, and the Idaho Power Company. There are also multiple public utility districts, cooperative electric utilities, and municipal electric utilities operating around the state. For a complete list with links, just visit the Oregon Utilities webpage on the state’s website. The natural gas utilities currently operating in the state include Northwest Natural, Avista, and Cascade Natural Gas.
Important Oregon Agencies and Resources
Because you have so many things to deal with when you’re moving to Oregon, organization is key to success. One great way to keep everything organized and moving along smoothly during your relocation is to use the handy moving checklist available from SmartMove. Along with several of the key moving tasks mentioned above, it also includes reminders to take care of your vehicle licensing and driver’s license once you’ve settled in Oregon.
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) handles driver licensing and state ID cards through its Department of Motor Vehicles; it also handles vehicle inspection and registration. As with many other states, the state of Oregon gives new residents thirty days to get their state driver’s license and to register their vehicles. ODOT has a New to Oregon page where you can get more information.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.