Getting Ready to Move to Vermont
Vermont is a state proud of its traditions. With a history of social progressivism, excellent education, and artisan food culture, it’s easy to understand why. But the Green Mountain State is also on the lookout for new blood. Placing second oldest and least populous in the U.S., Vermont needs an influx of citizens to keep up its high quality of life, and thankfully, there’s no shortage of reasons to want to move there – it’s got the lowest crime rate in the country and was recently voted best state to live in by CNBC. If the prospect of moving to the land of craft beer, maple syrup, and dairy attracts you, SmartMove is here to help you reach your goal.
As slow-paced and safe as Vermont is, you’ll want to do some thorough planning and preparation before heading there. Whether you decide to buy or rent you new home, read the rest of this page to see how SmartMove can get you settled in.
Help and Services for Moving to Vermont
Vermont’s government website includes a page with helpful links for moving to the state. One of those links is to local moving companies in Vermont, which you can consult while you consider who you want to hire. Individually comparing movers can take a long time, though, and there’s already so much to do when planning a relocation, so why not take advantage of SmartMove’s useful tool to check multiple prices and deals at the same time? By using SmartMove to narrow down your list, you can drastically cut down the time it’ll take to pick the right movers. All you have to do is read up on their specific policies and any added services they provide, and choose the one that’s right for you. Always do your due diligence and read reviews from former customers, and get any agreement between yourself and the company in writing, like the estimates, the bill of lading, and the actual contract.
You might want to hire a U-Haul instead and do it on your own. Vermonters aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, and as a future resident, it’s natural that you’d share that philosophy. Tap into your network to find friends and colleagues who are willing to help, and spend the last weeks in your old home reinforcing your bonds with them. Friends of friends might even be able to get you reduced prices on truck rentals or packing materials – useful connections can spring up from people you least expect.
Don’t forget to check with your job about any relocation bonus. Vermont is very interested in attracting new job-creators and employees who can work remotely, so there might be incentives for your company to send you there. There are even cash incentives for private citizens to make their move, which are likely to be available to you!
Cable Providers Available in Vermont
Vermont is serviced by Comcast and Charter, who provide phone, internet, and TV services to over 90% of connected citizens. As these companies operate throughout the country, you might already be with one of them for your current services. If you want your contract to move with you to Vermont, SmartMove can help you transfer your service across. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a new provider, you can compare prices and deals with SmartMove to choose a plan best suited to your needs.
Whoever you end up going with, talk to them about setting up services to start on your move-in day. This shouldn’t incur any extra costs, and it beats having to be off the grid for days or weeks while you wait for your new home to be connected.
Energy Providers Available in Vermont
Vermont has 17 electric distribution utilities, each dedicated to an exclusive service territory. The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has a page with a map of the approximate boundaries for those territories, plus current tariffs. Natural gas is distributed only by Vermon Gas Systems. The PUC’s section on regulated utilities is thorough and easy to understand, so it’s worth referring back to it when setting up energy in your new home.
Talk to your providers about setting up services before you move in. This is almost always possible and takes the hassle out of doing it when you’re still dealing with your new environment.
Important Vermont Agencies and Resources
SmartMove’s handy moving checklist is great for reminding you of the sort of important, but easy-to-forget tasks that you have to take care of as soon as possible, like swapping your driver’s license and plates for Vermont ones. You’ll want to head to the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 60 days of moving to the state, and take care of getting your new license first, then of registering your car and off-road vehicles. If you wait too long, you’ll incur a penalty, and you don’t want to waste money because of a frustrating mistake. Keep your SmartMove checklist nearby, and you’ll always be on top of things.
Update your financial information (credit cards, insurance providers, etc) and tell the Post Office about your move, without neglecting to forward your mail to your new address. If you plan everything out properly, you can take your time and change your information at a comfortable pace.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.