208 PORTLAND RELOCATION GUIDE
Here is some information such as local utility providers, vehicle registration
SETTING UP UTILITIES
locations and voter registration that might help the settling in process go
smoothly. To start becoming acclimated to your new community, refer-
ence the Portland Relocation Guide and other community resources for
all the fun things to do and places to go!
Call a couple of weeks ahead to have utilities connected
at your new home the day before or the day of your
scheduled move-in (resources for phone, Internet, cable,
gas, electric and other utilities are listed below.) Check to
make sure the utilities have been connected, and follow
up on any delays. Make sure your phone is connected,
if you have a land line. Ideally, you should have the
phone company hook it up the day before you move in.
Most moving companies advise, that to prevent possible
damage, televisions, stereos, computers, other electronic
equipment and major appliances should not be used
for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust
to room temperature.Make sure you have payment
on hand for your moving charges. Unless other billing
arrangements were made in advance (like with a new
company if you’re relocating in a corporate move), most
moving companies require payment upon delivery in
cash, traveler’s checks, money order or cashier’s check.
Personal checks are usually not accepted.
LICENSE & REGISTRATION, PLEASE
Relocating is a detail-oriented process that is further
complicated by the fact that some laws and regulations
are, more often than not, different in a resident’s new
home than one’s old home. Never fear–we’ve provided
some basic information to help you get going in the
greater Portland area.
Oregon Department of Motor Vehicle Offices
Oregon DEQ Emissions Testing Stations
Washington Driver Licensing Offices
Washington Vehicle Licensing Offices