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Getting settled in your new Home

As the “Old Pueblo” becomes your new home, you will need to reach out to local service providers to connect everything from your water and electricity to your internet and cable. Depending on where you are located, you will need to contact the correct service provider. All of that can be a bit overwhelming in addition to a move. The information and links provided below will help you get started so you can begin to enjoy your new home right away.

It is recommended that new homebuyers contact electric, gas and water providers at least 10 days prior to their move-in date in order to ensure services are already turned on upon their arrival. Some services such as the water and electric companies may require a deposit when you call to set up your services, so be prepared. They may also ask for a letter of reference or a copy of your last bill from your current or previous service provider.

Some companies will offer services in bundles and will save you some money if you purchase several services from them. For example, many cable companies will also offer internet and home telephone services as well as digital video recording so you never have to miss your favorite shows. You will also find that several insurance providers offer a multi-line discount when you bundle auto, homeowners and life insurance as well. Be sure to check with your auto agent about what coverages are required by law and best meet your needs.

Since Tucson is close to the border, you may plan to visit Mexico. Be sure to talk to your insurance agent about auto and vacation insurance to keep you covered while traveling abroad. You will also need your passport to return to the United States so be sure to take it with you.

Remember that you have 10 days per Arizona law to report changes of address to the Department of Motor Vehicles. You will need to be sure to get down to the DMV to get your license updated as well as your registration if you are relocating to Tucson from out of state. In addition, know that the license you will receive will be temporary, as your permanent identification will arrive in the mail after a few days. If you are from out of state, you may also be required to get an emissions test on your vehicle prior to registering it depending on its age.

If you want to save some money with services you might need, be sure to stop by your local United States Postal Service office. The offices carry relocation packets for people moving that hold valuable coupons for everything from home improvement stores to repair and moving services.

You can become familiar with the Tucson area by reading the local news in the Arizona Daily Star or by tuning in to one of the three major television stations including KVOA channel 4, KGUN channel 9, or KOLD channel 13. Tucson also offers several radio stations from pop to country, gospel and Spanish. There are also online news sources to help familiarize you with the area such as the Tucson Sentinel at TucsonSentinel.com or Tucson Weekly at Tucsonweekly.com.