Getting Ready to Move to Texas
Only one U.S. state used to be its own country—Texas. Rich in biological, climatic, and cultural diversity, Texas is a place of many wonders. Regardless of which of Texas’s five major regions you’re planning to move to, you’re sure to find a fantastic new start once you arrive. Whether you’re relocating for a new job, for a change of scenery, or to retire to a warmer climate, SmartMove is here to help you during the move to your next home.
No matter whether you’re planning to rent a new home in Texas or purchase one, the move itself will require careful planning and preparation. Using SmartMove to help make things easier, you can find assistance with a wide variety of moving-related tasks. Read our guide on moving to Texas and walk through all the steps you need to take to prepare for your upcoming move to The Lone Star State.
Help and Services for Moving to Texas
When you’re looking for a reliable moving company, it’s easiest to begin your search in the area where you currently live, seeking out companies that offer moving services to the state of Texas. You’ll want to compare prices from as many licensed movers as possible to ensure that you are getting the best possible deal. The SmartMove website has a great tool to help you find moving services for your move to Texas. Also, by employing our comprehensive moving checklist, you can make sure that your upcoming move will go as smooth as possible and that all the details are planned and accounted for ahead of time.
Before you select a moving company to handle your move to Texas, make sure that you look at the online reviews available for each company in your group of finalists. You’ll want to make sure that you’re selecting a company known for superior customer care, quality of service, attention to detail, and comprehensive policies regarding breakage or other potential issues that may come up during the move.
Additionally, make sure that you take the time to get an estimate in writing (also called an order of service in many cases), a bill of lading, and a final contract for services. Getting all of these documents in writing, in advance of your move to Texas, can help settle any potential disputes as your moving company is bound by law to provide the services spelled out in the bill of lading.
Many people moving to Texas choose to do it on their own, using a truck or trailer rental service like Hertz, Penske or U-Haul, and handling the packing, loading, and unloading themselves. Regardless of whether you choose to handle the labor yourself or to hire professionals, always make sure to check with your employer about moving allowances to see if they will help with some of the substantial costs that are often associated with moving.
Relocating, whether across the country or across the region, can also potentially help you out a little when it comes time to do your taxes. In some cases, moving expenses can be an allowable deduction on your federal return. Check with a tax professional to make sure that you can deduct your expenses; Texas does not have a state income tax.
Cable Providers Available in Texas
Texas is the second largest state in the U.S. Because it is so large, it has five distinct geographical regions. Each of these regions—North Texas, South Texas, West Texas, East Texas, and Central Texas—is served by a slightly different group of Internet, TV and phone service providers. Depending on where you are moving, you could find cable TV service available from Xfinity from Comcast or Charter Cable.
To get a better idea of which TV, Internet, and phone providers offer their service in the area of Texas you’re moving to, use SmartMove to get connected with your new provider. SmartMove can let you know if your new cable provider is the same as your existing provider, to help make the transfer of services easy. You may even be able to have everything scheduled before your move, so you have one less detail to worry about.
Using SmarMove to help you find your new provider in Texas will cut down on the hassle involved with setting up new service after you’ve already moved in. Knowing in advance what your provider for Internet, cable TV, and phone will be can take some of the stress out of moving, especially if you take the time to set up the move by planning in advance. Setting up the move with SmartMove can also help you avoid unnecessary downtime and delays when it comes to setting up your service appointment at your new home.
Energy Providers Available in Texas
In addition to internet, TV, and phone service, you’ll also want to plan ahead for setting up your utilities at your new home in Texas. Unlike many other states in the U.S., in Texas, consumers have the right to choose their natural gas and electricity providers. Water, on the other hand, is provided by local municipalities.
Identify which energy providers you’d like to work with at your new home and get them set up in advance of your move to help make the transition as seamless and easy as possible. If you can give the utility companies a start date, you can often set up your new services to begin on the same day you occupy your new home. This will save you a lot of hassle and potentially, some money, too.
Important Texas State Agencies and Resources
Using the handy moving checklist available at SmartMove will help you keep all the details of your move to Texas organized. These include details like getting your car registered in Texas, getting new license plates, and getting a new driver’s license. Texas requires vehicle inspections for all vehicles relocating to the state, so check out the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website for a tool to help you locate the nearest inspection station.
You’ll also want to make sure that you’ve updated all of your financial information prior to your move. Let your credit card companies, bank, insurance providers, and other creditors know that you are moving, and what your new address will be. Remember to setup your move with the U.S. Postal Service so your mail will be forwarded or sent to your new home. Now that you’ve read through SmartMove’s Moving to Texas guide, you should have all the information and tools necessary to make the move as smooth as possible.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.