Moving to Everett, Washington

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Everett has more than 100,000 residents, but don’t let that fool you into thinking you’ll get lost in the shuffle. Quite the contrary, this All-America City goes to great lengths to perpetuate a small town vibe and encourage community interaction. Everett also boasts some of the best salmon fishing in the world, as well as access to the largest public marina on the West Coast.

But you can’t take advantage of Everett’s natural resources until you get your house in order. That starts with setting up utilities, finding the kids a school, and ensuring not one more moment goes by without Internet access. We know you have a lot on your plate, so we’re here to help. Below you’ll find all the information you need to get settled in your Everett home.

Finding the Right Schools
If you have kids, getting them enrolled in school is surely one of your top priorities. In Everett there are more than 70 preschools, 36 elementary schools, 22 middle schools and 18 high schools. If you’re curious what the community thinks about the public and private schools in Everett, greatschools.com is a wonderful resource. In addition to frank reviews from parents, teachers and students, the site also allows you to compare schools by how they rank in several categories. To find out the school boundaries of your new neighborhood, visit the Everett Public School’s Boundary Maps page.

Setting Up Utilities
The City of Everett provides water and sewer services to its residents. You can learn more about establishing service on the city’s Utility Services page. Electricity and natural gas are supplied by Puget Sound Energy. To request service, you’ll want to head to the Start Services page of the Puget Sound Energy website. Like most companies these days, Puget Sound Energy allows you to pay your bill online, but you can also pay in person at one of several Pay Stations. The City of Everett does not provide garbage or yard waste pick-up, or recycling services. A handful of private companies provide these services, and you can explore your choices here.

Ordering Home Services
Your family is probably anxious to log in to social media to update their friends about their move, and there’s no doubt they want to catch up on their favorite TV series. So your next order of business is getting TV, Internet and home phone service, and that means contacting Frontier. Frontier is the primary telecommunications provider in the region, and delivers services over state of the art fiber optics lines. Frontier offers a wide selection of TV, Internet, and home phone packages, plus the option to create a custom package. You can order service online, or stop in a local Frontier branch and let a representative help you find the perfect package.

Changing Your Address
Let’s be frank, changing your address isn’t as exciting as learning about your kid’s new school or getting your TV and Internet service set up, but it’s a necessity. Thankfully, the USPS makes the process painless. In fact, you can submit your change of address by visiting the Change of Address page at the USPS website, so there’s no need wait in line at the local post office. As you complete the official Change of Address form, remember:

  • Once you submit the change of address, the USPS will only forward your mail for 12 months. After that, mail sent to your old address will be returned to the sender.
  • The process takes some time. Typically, you won’t start getting your forwarded mail for about a week to 10 days.
  • There are a lot of websites that try and trick you into giving out your personal information. Don’t be fooled; the USPS website is the only place you can place, update, or cancel your address change.
  • To protect your identity, the USPS requires a valid credit card number and email address to complete the request.

Going Local
Treat your little ones to a day at the Imagine Children’s Museum, or just pop in for weekly storytime. Then break out your GPS and spend the day Geocaching– there are a number of fun treats to be found in and around Everett.  Went the sun goes down, grab a blanket, pack a picnic dinner and enjoy a family movie at Cinema Under the Stars. If you have a dog, you’re sure to be impressed with Everett’s the slew of off-leash dog parks. On date night, enjoy an elegant Asian meal at Terracotta Red and a then take in a performance by the Everett Philharmonic Orchestra.

Settling In
At last, your hard work has paid off and it’s time to get settled into your new hometown. A wonderful way to find out what your community has to offer is by making new friends in your neighborhood. Everett is divided into 19 unique neighborhoods and each has its own neighborhood association. Find out what neighborhood you’re in by referencing this easy to read neighborhood boundary map. In no time at all you’re sure to discover charming coffee shops, fabulous neighborhood parks and boutiques off the beaten path. When you do, tell us about them in the comments below.

Photo of Everett by Mari Wirta via Flickr