Getting Ready to Move to Wyoming
The spirit of the far West lives on in Wyoming. It’s known as the Cowboy State for its huge cattle ranches, bison, and wide plains, where you can drive for miles without seeing a single person – which makes sense, given that it’s the least populous and second most sparsely populated state despite being tenth largest. But it’s also known as the Equality State, due to a history of social fairness, and it’s got plenty to attract people of all ages: low cost of living and housing, low taxes, fossil and mineral shows, swathes of national forest and park land (including most of Yellowstone), and clean air and water. If you’re charmed by Wyoming’s uniquely American values, let SmartMove help you make the jump to settling there full-time.
Wyoming has a welcoming housing market, so you’re bound to find a good deal whether you buy or rent your new home. Either way, you’ll need to do plenty of planning and preparing to make the best of the move. Keep reading this page to see the ways SmartMove can help.
Help and Services for Moving to Wyoming
It’s not unusual to have to rely on yourself in Wyoming – a sparse population encourages do-it-yourself spirit, and you might want to follow that philosophy and execute your move yourself. With proper planning and portioning out of packing duties, a rental truck, and a few friends, you can do the bulk of the work and be packed up and ready to go within weeks.
If you’d rather spend more of that time enjoying your old neighborhood instead of knee-deep in brown boxes and tape, you could opt for a professional moving company, and that’s where SmartMove can help. Using SmartMove, you can compare the prices of moving companies to narrow down the most affordable. After that, you only need to check their reviews and policies, get competitive estimates, and choose the one that’s right for you. Always get any agreement between yourself and the company in writing, especially the estimates, bill of lading, and final contracts. In the unlikely event of something going wrong – loss, breakage, or unexpected costs – you don’t want to be caught short.
Investigate whether your company has a relocation stipend. A lot of employers have money set aside specifically for covering this type of move. It’s also worth looking into tax breaks, too, since moving across states can often mean a deductible on your return. Talk to an accountant before making assumptions, though. Wyoming has no income tax, and this might be different from your original state, which can affect things like tax breaks.
If you’d like more information on the labor market, schools, registering to vote, or similar issues, the Wyoming government website has a resource page for newcomers to the state.
Cable Providers Available in Wyoming
SmartMove can help you set up TV, phone, and Internet services in your new home. The main providers in Wyoming are large companies operating in multiple states, such as Spectrum, so chances are you’re already a customer. If you’re happy with your current plan and want to continue it in Wyoming, SmartMove can check if your company is available at your new address and ease the transference of your contract from one place to the other. If you’re interested in signing up with someone else, SmartMove lets you compare prices and find deals on plans you’ll love.
When you’ve decided on your course of action, talk to your providers about getting services started on the day you move in. It’s almost always possible to do this with no extra costs, and that way you don’t have to wait for days or weeks until you’re back on the grid.
Energy Providers Available in Wyoming
The Public Service Commission of Wyoming (PSC) has a page with territory utility maps for electricity, natural gas, water, and telephone, which you can find here. Each utility also has a dedicated page with links to information about the service, interruption reporting, and tariffs. Here are the pages for electricity and gas. There is some minor deregulation in the state’s natural gas. You can check this website for a list of counties that have another option for gas providers.
Talk to your new providers about setting up services starting on your move-in date. This is usually fairly easy to do, and it’s worth it so you don’t have to find time during the actual moving process to stay on the phone or navigate endless forms.
Important Wyoming Agencies and Resources
Unlike a lot of other states, you’re given a long time to update your license in Wyoming. From establishing permanent residency, you have a year to change your documents without incurring a penalty, and doing so will require an in-person visit to your local driver exam station and a vision test, along with fees. There’s more information on the Wyoming Department of Transportation (DoT) site. Once that’s taken care of, you have to register your vehicle at the local county treasurer office. The necessary forms can be downloaded on the DoT site, and you can find the treasurer’s address at the Wyoming County Treasurer’s Association. If you’re after a hunting license or you’re lucky enough to own a boat, you’ll also need to get in touch with the Game and Fish Department (GFD). On one hand, it’s a relief to have so much time to get this done, but it also means it’s easy to keep putting it off indefinitely or to just plain forget. Whether you decide to change your documents quickly or at a leisurely pace, the SmartMove moving checklist will help remind you of all the little things you need to do before you’re officially settled in.
Update your credit card and insurance information soon to avoid any unpleasant surprises, and tell the Post Office your new address. With just a little planning, and by referring to your handy SmartMove checklist, you can get used to your new life in Wyoming with peace of mind.
Disclaimer: The information is provided for general information and educational purposes only, and is not a substitute for professional advice.