Getting Ready to Move to West Virginia
In 1928, the Jones family of Peterstown, West Virginia, found the largest diamond ever discovered in North America while playing horseshoes in their garden. That’s not a guarantee that the same will happen if you move to this part of Appalachia, but the odds are in your favor. Natives to the state call it Almost Heaven, and there’s plenty to boast about. Three fourths of West Virginia is covered in dense forests, and tourists flock in increasing droves to hike through the isolated mountains, take in the quirky mix of southern and northern culture, and even investigate cryptozoology. West Virginia also has the oldest average population of any state, and they’re looking for people who want to settle down for the long haul. Whether you’re more Mountaineer or Mothman, SmartMove can accompany you on your journey and help you throughout your move.
Whether you take advantage of a friendly housing market to buy a home or opt for a rental, you’ll need to plan and prepare the move thoroughly. Read this short guide to see how SmartMove can help.
Help and Services for Moving to West Virginia
As with many state government website, West Virginia’s has a page with helpful resources for those moving to the state. There’s information on registering to vote, finding a job, paying your taxes, and finding a home, rented or purchased. When you’ve chosen where in West Virginia you want to live, one of the next steps if figuring out how to get yourself and your belongings there. Take advantage of SmartMove’s feature to easily compare moving company prices and narrow down your choices, and pick the one that’s right for you after reading up on their policies and reviews.
You might be more inclined towards doing it yourself. West Virginia has a low population density and self-reliance is an admirable trait, but so is community. Reach out to friends and family to find people willing to help you pack up your life before you go. From actually stuffing your things into boxes, to volunteering to drive with you to your new place, to just showing up with a meal at the end of a busy day, you’ll be surprised at how willing people are to give you a hand.
Talk to your employer about relocation funds. Many companies are willing to cover at least part of the costs of a move. Look into possible tax breaks, too, since a move can often qualify as a deductible. Double-check with a finance professional if you’re unsure.
Cable Providers Available in West Virginia
West Virginia is primarily serviced by Comcast, Charter, and Suddenlink. When it comes to setting up Internet, TV, and phone services in your new home, SmartMove can help whether you’re sticking with your provider or switching to a new one. You can use SmartMove to check if your new neighborhood has the same cable provider available as your old one, and streamline the process of transferring from your previous address to West Virginia. If you’d prefer to sign up with a new company, use SmartMove to compare prices and find great deals on your chosen plan.
Investigate if it’s possible to start your services on your move-in day. Setting things up in advance like this isn’t unusual, and it’ll allow you to get right back to your emails and your favorite TV shows without having to wait days for your place to be connected.
Energy Providers Available in West Virginia
Your utility providers will vary depending on your location and whether your home is in a rural or urban area. The Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) has a very handy tool that lets you search for utility providers by county, with the companies’ addresses and telephone numbers, as well as a page of tariffs.
Contact your prospective providers about having services set up and ready to start for your move-in date. This is almost always possible and you’ll be glad to have arranged it in advance when you’re tired from the journey to your new house.
Important West Virginia Agencies and Resources
You’ll want to take care of your new driver’s license and car registration as soon as you get to West Virginia. The process is straightforward, but you have to complete it within 30 days of assuming permanent residency if you don’t want to incur penalties, so it’s best to get started early. If your license is valid, you can transfer it to West Virginia with a small fee, a simple vision test, and a brief alcohol awareness course. The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a page for new residents that lists all the documents you’ll need and how much everything costs. There’s a lot to keep track of during a move, so make sure to use SmartMove’s useful moving checklist to be reminded of everything you need to do.
Get your financial information updated and let the Post Office know you’re moving. By preparing and keeping on top of all of your tasks, you’ll be home safe in no time.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.