Your Moving Guide to Bothell, Washington

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We think you’re going to be happy about your move to Bothell, WA. Bothell boasts a slew of popular festivals, such as the Greater Bothell Arts and Crafts Fair and Riverfest, amazing bike trails, and easy access to Woodinville Wine Country. Well-respected schools, diverse neighborhoods and a temperate climate are more reasons why families enjoying living in this Seattle suburb.

But before you can enjoy everything Bothell has to offer, you need to take care of chores like setting up utilities, forwarding your mail and finding a great school for your kids. To help you get started, we did some research for you. Here’s what you need to know about getting settled in Bothell, Washington.

Changing Your Address
It’s best to take care of changing your address before you move, but we realize that’s not always possible. If this task got overlooked, don’t worry- it’s easy to get mail that’s sent to your old address forwarded to your new one. Save yourself a trip to the post office by changing your address online. Simply go to the Change of Address page at the USPS website, and fill out an official Change of Address Form. It’s important to:

  • Have a valid credit card and your email address handy—you’ll need both to complete your address change.
  • Keep in mind that mail from your old address will only be forwarded to your new address for 12 months, so be sure you’ve made everyone aware of your new address during this time.
  • Know a Change of Address can take 7 to 10 business days to start working.
  • Remember if you need to update or cancel your Change of Address, the USPS website is the only place you can do so.
  • Be on the lookout for an email confirmation of your Change of Address.

Setting Up Utilities
In addition to getting unpacked, one of your first tasks on your to-do list is setting up utilities. The City of Bothell has partnered with Waste Management of Washington, Inc. to provide weekly curbside trash, recycling and yard waste collection. You can check rates and order service right from the company’s Service page. Natural gas and electric services are provided by Puget Sound Energy. Start service here, and then explore the Savings and Energy Center to learn more about Green Power or to get a free overview of your home’s energy use. The City of Bothell supplies water and sewer service, and bills its customers on a bi-monthly basis. Depending on where you live in Bothell, your water and sewer may be billed by the City of Bothell, the Northshore Utility District (NUD), or the Alderwood Water District.

Ordering Home Services
Now that setting up basic utilities is out of the way it’s time to outfit your new abode with TV, Internet and home phone. In Bothell, Frontier is the leading telecommunications provider. You’ll be happy to hear Frontier offers a number of packages, so there’s a good chance you’ll find one that meets your needs and your budget. You can also create a custom package. Sign up for Frontier online, or head into a local branch and discuss your needs with a Frontier representative.

Finding the Right Schools
Bothell’s Northshore School District offers parents public and private education options. The district boasts 23 elementary schools, 22 middle schools and 8 high schools. If you have young children, there are more than 40 preschools in Bothell to choose from. An easy way to discover what schools your kids will attends is to reference the Northshore School District Boundary Map. If you want to learn more about the academic programs the district offers, including early childhood and college readiness, explore the Academic and Programs page. To find out what parents have to say about Bothell’s schools, you’ll want to reference

Going Local
With all of those mundane tasks behind you, it’s time to start living like a local. Rent a comfortable cruiser from Bothell Ski and Bike and start your weekend with a family bike ride along the 27-mile long Burke-Gilman Trail. Complete your weekend with a stop at Red Hook Brewery where you can enjoy a refreshing beverage or reward yourself with brunch at Preservation Kitchen. When it’s date night, eat a scrumptious meal at Russell’s, and then take in an amazing show at the Northshore Performing Arts Center. If shopping gets you excited, head to Bothell’s charming Historic Main Street where you’ll discover a variety of locally owned boutiques and galleries.

Settling In
From getting high-speed Internet to enrolling your kids in school, we hope we’ve given you a head start on getting settled in Bothell. Once you learn more about Bothell and being exploring off the beaten path, tell us what you like best about living in this delightful Pacific Northwest city.


Image of Bothell by Kwong Yee Cheng via Flickr