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24 September . 2019

Moving from Out of State – Essential Tips for a Smooth Move

Maricopa County is the fastest growing county in the Unites States, so it’s no surprise that many residents come to Estrella from out of state. Arizona’s stunning scenery, beautiful year-round weather, and vibrant communities are hard to resist! If you recently moved to our desert oasis or are planning on joining us soon, here are a few helpful tips and resources to help ease the transition.

Manage Your Services
When you’re moving to a new home in a new state, you’re probably excited about everything that’s to come. Decorating your new home, checking out the local hotspots, and enjoying your new desert surroundings are just a few of the many things you have to look forward to. Before you set out on your new adventure, be sure to tie up loose ends in your old home. Here are a few things you’ll want to cancel and update.

Cancel
Whether you live in an apartment building or manage all your home services separately, be sure all of the following services are canceled.
• Gas
• Electric
• Water
• Trash
• TV/Internet/Phone

Update
Prior to move out, you’ll want to notify necessary parties that you’re re-locating and update your address and billing information for items such as your credit cards, online subscriptions, and voter registration. Here are a few items to take care of before heading out.
• United States Postal Service
• Mobile phone provider
• Credit cards
• Vehicle insurance
• Online subscriptions
• Mail delivery services (Amazon)
• Voter registration

If you have any ongoing prescriptions, be sure to transfer them to a nearby pharmacy. Estrella has both a Walgreens and a Safeway Pharmacy located in Mountain Ranch Marketplace right here in the community, so you don’t have to travel far to get what you need. Addresses and phone numbers for both spots are listed below.

Walgreens:
9800 S Estrella Pkwy
Goodyear, AZ 85339
(623) 255-3649

Safeway:
9890 S. Estrella Pkwy
Goodyear, AZ 85338
(623) 691-6417

Safeway Market Place in Estrella

Pack a Box of Essentials
During the packing process, consider assembling a box of essential items you’ll need during the first day or two in your new home. Unpacking takes time and it’s convenient to have a go-to box of necessities. Include things such as a set of dishes, sheets, towels, and basic toiletries. When you’re exhausted after the move and are spending the first night in your new home, you’ll be happy to have this nearby.

Find New Resources
Before you move into your new home, try to prepare as much as possible. Decide where you’d like to go for your medical, dental, and vision care. Banner Health Center and Mountain Ranch Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are both conveniently located inside Estrella.

You’ll also need to make a trip to the DMV as soon as possible to change your driver’s license and register your vehicle in Arizona. It’s helpful to locate the nearest DMV and social security office before making the big move. Here are a few resources located nearby for your convenience.

Goodyear DMV:
14370 W Van Buren St.
Goodyear, AZ 85338
(602) 771-2955

Social Security Office:
5907 W Kings Ave
Glendale, AZ 85306
(800) 772-1213

Prepare your Children
If you have children, chances are they’re a little nervous about moving to a new school. Check out our blog on tips for moving kids to a new school to help your kiddos out with the transition. It’s also important to have access to critical documents and records to register your child for school. Pack their medical records, school history, and birth certificate separately. These are a few of the items you’ll need to have handy to register and you won’t want to be frantically searching through boxes to dig them up. Estrella offers open enrollment so families can choose a school that will best suit the interests and needs of their child. To learn more about schools in Estrella, click here.

Consider packing a box of essential items for your child. This may include your child’s bedding, favorite toy, change of clothes, and nightlight. It’s common to feel anxious in a new place but having these items handy without having to dig through boxes can calm young nerves. Moving your child into their new room as soon as possible will shorten the transition process and help them adjust to the new environment smoothly.

Cheerful playroom with bean bags and teepee


After the big move, it’s time to explore your new community! Start by connecting with the HOA by stopping into Starpointe Residents Club or give them a call at 623-386-1112. Be sure to sign up for one of the new resident orientation classes and then head out to discover all the wonderful amenities Estrella has to offer.

We can’t wait to see you in Estrella!