Relocating to Redmond, Washington

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Once you get settled in Redmond, WA, you’ll wonder why you didn’t move there sooner. Located 16 miles east of Seattle, Redmond is a high tech, decidedly family friendly community. One quick look at its comprehensive online recreation guide an you’ll agree. From adult sports leagues to innovative programs such as the “Farm School,” Redmond boasts a wealth of activities.

But before you grab your yoga mat or get your kid’s cleats laced up, you need to take care of those “new home” responsibilities. This includes everything from signing up for utilities to finding out where the neighborhood school is located. Don’t stress, we’re here to help ensure the process is painless.

Read on and discover everything you need to know about making Redmond your new home sweet home.

Setting Up Utilities
If you’re like most homeowners, you dread the task of setting up utilities. To help make the process easier, we’ve tracked down Redmond’s major utility players. The City of Redmond supplies water and sewer service. If you own your home, you’ll want to fill out this form to get services started. If you’re renting, your landlord will have to complete the Request to Bill Tenant Form. Puget Sound Energy provides electric and natural gas service to Redmond, and with just a few clicks you can sign up for service and then read over dozens of energy saving tips.

The City of Redmond offers weekly trash pickup through a contract with Waste Management. And recycling in Redmond couldn’t be easier. There’s no need to separate recyclable items, just toss them all in one bin and place the bin at the curb for Waste Management. Learn more about Redmond’s Recycling Guidelines, and consider printing this guide as a reference.

Ordering Home Services
Setting up your utilities wasn’t the most exciting aspect of moving to Redmond, but ordering your TV, Internet, and home phone package might be. That’s because Redmond’s primary telecommunications provider is Frontier. Frontier offers a diverse selection of packages to meet every family’s needs and budget. If you don’t want to order service over the Web or on the phone, or you don’t see a package that’s right for you, then head into a local Frontier office and speak with a representative.

Finding the Right Schools
One of the most stressful aspects of moving is changing schools. Fortunately, Redmond has a reputation for being friendly, so it probably won’t take your kids long to make new friends. And you’ll love that Redmond is part of the Lake Washington School District, which is honored as one of the state’s “high-performing public school districts.” There are approximately 13,000 students enrolled in the district’s 31 elementary schools, 6,000 students enrolled in 13 middle schools and roughly 7,000 students attending nine high schools. Use this interactive map to find out what school your child will attend and then print driving directions for the first day of school.

Changing Your Address
Changing your address with the USPS is an important, yet often overlooked task associated with moving. The good news is, you can submit an official Change of Address form right from your sofa. Simply visit the Change of Address page at the USPS website and in moments this pesky chore will be scratched off your to-do list. Keep these tips in mind as you complete the Change of Address form:

  • Be patient; it can take 7 to 10 business days for your change of address to go into effect.
  • Your change of address only lasts for 12 months, after that mail sent to your old address will be returned to the sender.
  • You might want to bookmark the USPS website in case you need to update or cancel your change of address.
  • Grab a credit card and have a valid email account ready; you’ll need both to complete the request.

Going Local
Finally, the time has come to get familiar with all Redmond has to offer and start living like the local. One way to get to know Redmond and meet new friends is by exploring your neighborhood. Redmond consists of 10 distinct neighborhoods, each offering a unique vibe and charm. This Neighborhoods of Redmond Map is worth printing out and keeping on hand as a resource. And don’t forget to “like” your neighborhood’s Facebook page to stay in the loop about local events and news.

Now that you know a little about your neighborhood, head to Marymoor Park to watch a movie, rock climb or enjoy a fun-filled family bike excursion. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to The Stone House for a high-end meal that won’t disappoint. Or, if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, try the ever popular Kringles Bakery.

Settling in
You’ve hung the last picture, unpacked the last box and taken care of all your moving related tasks. It’s time to take a breather and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. As you get more familiar with your new hometown, don’t hesitate to shoot us a comment and tell the world what you like best about living in Redmond.

Image of Redmond by Wonderlane via Flickr