A Local’s Guide to Relocating to the Valley
You’ve done it – you’ve closed on the house, the documents are signed, and you’re ready to pack up the car and head down to the Shenandoah Valley. You’ve read all of the moving guides, you have your house inventoried and cleaned out, and you’re ready to get started. There are some nagging questions you might have, however – and some that aren’t as easy to find using your best Google-fu.
We here at KK Homes have you covered. We’ve compiled a list of some answers to those nagging questions that aren’t always that easy to find answers to before you get to know a local. Here are some things to keep in mind when relocating to the area.
Finding What Schools Your Kids Will Attend
If you’re moving with children, one of the first things they may want to know is what school they’ll be attending. In Augusta County, however, where there are eleven elementary schools throughout the region – it can be tricky to find out where exactly that might be. Thankfully, the school system has mapped out exactly where the school boundaries are located for all of the elementary, middle, and high schools in the region.
If your new home is not located in Augusta County but one of the area’s cities, you may still be able to find your school. For those relocating to Staunton, this website will help you find in what attendance zone you will be located. For Waynesboro, you can see enrollment areas for the area’s elementary schools on the city’s website here.
Turning On All the Lights
Transferring utility service will depend largely upon where you are located and what utility services you are seeking. In most cases, water and sewer are going to be handled through the locality that you’re located in. The Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County website all have information about setting up services through them if your home applies. In cases where your new home is connected to its own well or septic system, you won’t have to connect to municipal services. Just be aware of the maintenance costs that come with living off of the grid.
For those with gas heat, Columbia Gas of Virginia is your most likely source of service. Setting up new service is a breeze and can be started online. For some older homes, you may require heating oil delivery through a company such as Southern States, or Dixie Gas and Oil.
Finally electrical service, you will likely require connection through either Dominion Power or through the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, depending on your location. Either way, inquiries on new service can be handled through their website.
In addition to getting your home up and running, you’re likely going to want to get it online. For many in the region, the primary provider is Xfinity, which provides reliable cable internet service, particularly in the Staunton and Waynesboro areas. There are other options in the area – both Lumos Networks and Verizon have options for DSL connections in those areas.
For folks moving outside of those service areas, you may need to look for other options. Fixed or satellite internet providers can bring internet connections to homes further off the grid – companies like MGW and HughesNet have been doing so for years. There may be other resources available and companies are working hard to expand their service area all the time – we’d recommend a website like BrodbandNow to find what you may be able to access.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
If you’re moving from out of state, you may not have had to license a dog before – but it is a state law in Virginia to do so. Receiving one is easily done through the locality in which you live – Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro all have easy-to-follow instructions on how to apply.
Once you are ready to register your vehicle and switch over your driver’s license, you will be able to do so at the Department of Motor Vehicles in either Staunton or Waynesboro. You can register to vote while you’re there if you wish – but you may also wish to do that directly with the Registrar for your locality at either Staunton City Hall, Waynesboro City Hall, or the Augusta County Government Center.
These are just some of the things you may want to consider when relocating to the area. This is not a comprehensive list, but we hope it will help you answer some of those trickier questions before you get to know all of your neighbors. For more information about why relocating to the Valley is a smart idea and, of course, listings for the best properties available, we hope you’ll stay tuned in with KK Homes.