Dreaming of a House of Your Own?

Local Links

The commute to and from work, and concerns about schools, seem to be the biggest question marks for folks. Schools, too...check this resource out for more specific information about schools for any address. Here are some local links to help you learn about your new home in Virginia:

For utilities, water and sewage services, gas and electric, garbage pickup, phone, cable, and internet, start with these suggestions. You'll also find a quick checklist of important tasks. Temporary accommodations, moving, and storage links are included to make your move as smooth as silk.

State Schools

City Governments

Military Installations

Temporary Living/Moving & Storage

 Home while you wait for your new home to become available


Colleges & Universities

College education funding:


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Important tasks:

  • Create a home inventory of household goods -- lists, video and photos
  • Review pet care and travel plans
  • Contact your car insurance company about coverage in transit and at your new location
  • Make sure you have duplicates of car, luggage and other important keys
  • Give a copy of your travel plans with date, route and contact phone numbers and important documents to a friend or sponsor.
  • Give a copy to your Realtor®, too!
Relocations create anxiety and mixed emotions for everyone. All your concerns are heightened if you have multiple members in your household:
  • How long will you keep the house?
  • How long will you live here?
  • Will you retire here, or are you just passing through?
  • Are you in a hurry to settle in, or do you have the luxury of time before you make your buying decision?
  • I am here to help!  I will be waiting to assist you when you arrive.


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  • After you know your new address, take a copy of your ratified contract to the school system your kids will attend, and register them right away...in most cases, you will not need to have physically moved in for them to begin attending classes.
  • Before your closing, you will need to secure hazard insurance for that address, and give the contact info to your real estate agent and/or closing company so they may make sure that your coverage is instated per your lender's instructions.
  • Call ahead for utilities, once you have secured your address and know your move-in date; you may be able to just transfer service from the previous owner's, without service interruption. Setup fees and deposits apply.
    • Call Dominion Virginia Power, 1-888-667-3000 and Virginia Natural Gas, 1-866-229-3578 toll free.
    • Cox cable/phone/high speed internet is 757-224-1111; Verizon bundles are available at 757-954-6222, or 1-800-564-0999.
    • Individual city/county water and sewage accounts and waste management are specific to the area your address is in.  Check the city web page for yours. You may be able to order services online.
You deserve the professional services of a relocation specialist. Get answers to your questions about financing, temporary living arrangements, the best schools -- Call or e-mail Susan Galloway now!

Susan GallowayColdwell Banker Traditions is located and licensed in Newport News, Virginia, 23606. Office hours by appointment.

Cell: 757-718-9085
Email: susan@susangalloway.com Realtor