Getting Ready to Move to Wisconsin
Wisconsin is an amazing state to relocate to, given the vibrant mix of both rural and urban environs to inhabit, making Wisconsin one of the most beautiful and affordable states to live in. Whether you are planning to move to the shores of Lake Superior in the north; Milwaukee, Osh Kosh, or Green Bay on the shores of Lake Michigan in the east; Madison in the south, or any of the wonderful places in between, SmartMove is ready to help you plan and execute a worry-free move to Wisconsin.
Moving to Wisconsin requires solid advance planning and preparation. With the fantastic tools available from SmartMove, you can get yourself a headstart on organizing your upcoming move. It doesn’t matter if you’re purchasing a home in the Badger State or moving to a new rental property, SmartMove can help you get great deals on lots of moving-related expenses while you plan your move. Read on for a complete guide on moving to Wisconsin.
Help and Services for Moving to Wisconsin
These days, you have many options when it comes to executing a move. You can begin your preparations by finding a great moving company, or by researching companies that can rent you the equipment—trailer, truck, shippable storage container, etc.—that you will need to complete the move yourself. If you decide to move your household on your own, be sure to tap into your network of friends and family for help so that you can move as inexpensively as possible.
To make finding the right moving company easier, check out this handy tool from SmartMove that helps you find and compare moving companies in your area that provide service to Wisconsin. Make sure that you invest the time necessary to check out online reviews of the moving companies you have to choose from. Look for companies with good records for delivering household goods safely, securely, and on-time.
When you’ve completed reading online reviews and have your options narrowed down to a rew finalists, ask them each for an estimate. Compare the estimates to see what you will likely get for the money you will be spending on the move. Once you’ve picked a final moving company that you will be comfortable working with, ask them for a bill of lading. This is a binding contract, which differs from an “order for service” or estimate, though its language may seem very similar. Keep this bill of lading someplace safe throughout your move in case you need to refer to the contracted services at any time.
Check with your employer to see if they offer employees relocation assistance or reimbursement for moving expenses. Also, make sure to save all your moving-related receipts and give them to your tax professional next tax season. Your moving expenses may qualify you for either a tax credit or deductions on your tax bill.
Cable Providers Available in Wisconsin
Setting up your cable in advance of your move to Wisconsin is simple and easy with SmartMove. Whether you’ll be getting Internet, TV, and phone service from Charter, Comcast, or Mediacom doesn’t make much of a difference – just make sure that you take care of setting up the new service, or transferring existing service in advance of your move. SmartMove is ready to help you.
If you’re fortunate and your current cable provider also offers services in Wisconsin, SmartMove can help you transfer existing service. You may even be able to transfer service so that your cable is ready to use right when you move into your new home. Using SmartMove to transfer or start new service makes everything easier, and best of all, takes one more worry off your plate. That way, you can get your life back to normal as soon after your move as possible.
Energy Providers Available in Wisconsin
Removing more items from your to-do list in advance of moving day is an ideal worth embracing. To that end, you may also want to consider investigating your likely utility providers in the part of Wisconsin you’re moving to, so you can get your electric, gas, and water accounts (if possible) set up prior to your move. Like with most other states, your utility providers in Wisconsin will be partly determined by what part of the state you’ll be living in.
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) is responsible for managing the state’s long list of investor-owned, municipal, and cooperative utilities. In total, the PSC regulates more than 1,100 utilities statewide. Look into what providers are available in your new area and see if you can get the utilities set up in your new home starting on your first day in the state.
Important Wisconsin Agencies and Resources
As of now, while planning your move to Wisconsin, taking care of getting a new driver’s license may be the last thing on your mind. But, just as is the case in most other states, Wisconsin only gives you a limited amount of time to get your new ID and to re-title and register your vehicles once you are a resident. The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles issues state IDs and handles the registration of vehicles in the state. Be mindful that you have just thirty days to get your Wisconsin ID once you’ve established residency.
Other things that you’ll want to take care of in advance of your move to Wisconsin, if at all possible, include changing your address with the Post Office, and notifying your bank(s), insurance companies, and any creditors about what your new address will be.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.