Relocating to Kirkland, Washington

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If you have any worries about moving to Kirkland, Washington, we’re going to relieve them.

But before you head out to explore Kirkland’s unique downtown waterfront, or take in a show at the popular Kirkland Performing Arts Center, you need to take care of setting up your house, which includes conquering tasks like setting up utilities and ordering Internet service. We’re here to help you get a jump start on the process.

We’ve gathered all the important contacts you’ll need to get settled down in Kirkland without a glitch, so you can start enjoying everything this innovative city has to offer.

Changing Your Address
With all the demands of moving, you may have forgotten to change your address with the USPS. Don’t worry, changing your address is as easy as logging on to your laptop. You can submit an official Change of Address form any time night or day, right from the Change of Address page on the USPS website. When submitting your Change of Address, it’s important to remember:

  • Whether you do so online or in person, the USPS is the only place you can submit, change or cancel an official Change of Address.
  • Your change of address will be valid for one year, so don’t forget to notify important parties of your new address.
  • You can use ID verification to safeguard your information with a simple $1.05 charge to your credit or debit card.
  • Expect that it will take 7 to 10 business days for the change of address to take place.
  • You must supply a valid credit card number and email address to complete your change of address.

Setting Up Utilities
You’ll find setting up utilities in Kirkland to be an easier task than you imagined. Although Waste Management of Washington handles garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection, new residents are to call the City of Kirkland at (425) 587-3150 to establish service. The City of Kirkland supplies water and sewer services, and offers a handful of convenient ways to pay your bill, including online billing and ACH Debit. Puget Sound Energy supplies electricity and natural gas for the Kirkland area. You can arrange to start service right from the Start Services page of the Puget Sound Energy website.

Ordering Home Services
Frontier is the primary telecommunications provider in Kirkland. Frontier services are delivered over an entirely fiber optic network so you can count on reliability. Frontier also offers a variety of TV, Internet, and home phone packages, so there’s sure to be one that meets the demands of your family and your budget. If you don’t see the perfect package, you can always call or stop in a local branch of Frontier and create a custom package.

Finding the Right Schools
Kirkland schools are part of the Lake Washington School District. If you’re a working parent, you’ll be pleased to discover that a number of Kirkland’s schools offer before and after school care. There are 35 preschools, 23 elementary schools, 20 middle schools and 10 high schools in Kirkland. To find out what neighborhood school your student will attend, and whether or not your child will be served by bus, reference the district’s School and Bus Finder page. It’s important to note that the Lake Washington School District only provides transportation to students who live outside a one mile radius from their school. For candid reviews of Kirkland’s schools and access to recent standardized test scores, you’ll want to head to

Going Local
You’ve worked hard to get your home outfitted with all the necessities, now it’s time to reward yourself by exploring all Kirkland has to offer. It won’t take you long to realize Kirkland is a vibrant and diverse city, with something for every member of your family. Get your morning cup o’ joe at St. James Espresso, then ramp up your day like many other locals do with a run, stroll or hike through wonderful Watershed Park. Boasting more than 70 acres and a myriad of trails, this Houghton neighborhood park is a Kirkland gem. Before your day comes to a close, celebrate your move with scrumptious Northern Italian food and wine at Café Juanita and then enjoy a nightcap at Lucia. We gave peek at a few Kirkland highlights, but there’s no doubt you’ll discover ones we missed. When you do, let us know about them in the comments below.

Settling In
Now that you’ve checked all the tasks associated with moving off your to-do list, it’s time to relax. If your Kirkland house doesn’t feel like a home yet, we’re certain it will soon.

Image of Kirkland by Cynthia Lou via Flickr