Situated in stunning northern Idaho, the lakeside resort town of Coeur d’Alene has a reputation for clear skies, dense forests and recreation galore. Suffice it to say, you’ll never run out of things to do in Coeur d’Alene. In addition to miles of trails, biking, fishing and boating opportunities, this city of approximately 46,000 also boasts a bustling downtown district to satisfy your shopping and dining cravings.
But first things first. Before you pack the kids in the car and head out for an adventure you must take care of pesky tasks like getting water and electric service and changing your address with the USPS. That’s where we come in. We’ve gathered everything you need to know about making Coeur d’Alene home- so you’ll feel settled in no time.
Finding the Right Schools
Coeur d’Alene is located in School District 271. To find out what school your child will attend, reference the district Attendance Zone map. If you want to learn more about your child’s learning environment, read this district profile. District 271 makes planning family vacations easy by offering a detailed parent calendar. In addition to preschools, elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, Coeur d’Alene also offers students Coeur D’Alene Charter Academy. The charter school serves approximately 600 students, and has received rave reviews on greatschools.org, a site dedicated to helping parents stay informed about school choices.
Setting Up Utilities
Water, sewer, garbage and recycling services are provided by the City of Coeur D’Alene. To learn more about the services the city provides, click here. If you’re curious when your garbage and recycling will be collected, reference this pickup schedule. To order any of the services, you’ll need to call 208-769-2223. If your new home requires gas service, Avista can deliver it. In fact, you can open a new account right through the Avista website. Kootenai Electric provides electricity. Call 208-765-1200 to schedule service and use this helpful this calculator to find which electricity plan is right for your needs and budget.
Ordering Home Services
Let’s be honest, setting up water and sewer service can be a drag, but now it’s time to select TV, home phone and Internet! Frontier provides your Coeur D’Alene home with these services. As the foremost telecommunications provider in the area, Frontier offers a multitude of TV, Internet, and home phone packages or you can create a custom package. Simply call one of Frontier’s US-based customer support members, or stop in your local Frontier branch. Best yet, Frontier delivers services via a state of the art fiber optic network, so you can expect reliability and clarity.
Changing Your Address
Last but not least, you need to be sure the mail delivered to your previous address is forwarded to your new one. The way to make that happen is to submit an official Change of Address with the USPS. Fortunately, you can complete this form online, 24/7 by visiting the Change of Address page of the USPS website.
Keep in mind that the postal service will only forward your mail to your new address for 12 months. After that, it will be returned to sender, so it’s important you notify everyone of your new address. Don’t expect to see mail from your last address in your current mailbox immediately. It usually takes 7 to 10 business days for the change to kick in.
When you’re making the change of address, it’s important you file the information to the right place. The USPS website is the only place to file a change of address. Make sure you have a valid credit card and email address when filing this online, as you’ll need them to verify your identity.
Are you ready to explore all of Coeur d’Alene’s local attractions? Here are a few ideas to get you started. A day at Coeur d’Alene City Park simply can’t be beat. This family friendly park offers summer concerts, a sandy beach and swimming area, charming wooden playground and more. If you have shopping on your mind, then downtown Coeur d’Alene is calling you.
Founded in 1888, the downtown district is an entertainment hub. Why not pick up a prize for your little one at the famed Figpickels Toy Emporium, or better yet, treat yourself to a treasure from Everson’s Jewelry. When you and your and significant other want to enjoy a weekend get-a-way in your own back yard, stay at Coeur d’Alene Resort. Spa treatments, exceptional dining, and some of finest fairways in the region are waiting for you.
We hope we’ve made the process of settling into Coeur d’Alene a little less stressful and given you a few ideas about what to do now that your house is all set up. If you find a fun activity, scrumptious restaurant, or amazing boutique while you’re out and about, please let us know in the comment block below. We’re sure there are a lot of hidden treasures in Coeur d’Alene and we’d like knowing about them!
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