On the Northwestern portion of New Jersey sits Hunterdon County, a semi-rural commuter county that borders the Delaware River and the Pennsylvania ]state line. Because of its proximity to New York City and Philadelphia, many residents of Hunterdon County commute to the two cities for work. People enjoy living here because they get to escape from the busy streets of the urban communities neighboring it. In fact, many residents and visitors to Hunterdon County hunt deer or catch fish in the county’s open land.
The population of Hunterdon County is approximately 125,000, and the most populated towns are Rariton, Readington, Clinton, Lebanon, and Tewksbury. It is one of the top 20 counties for per-capita income in the U.S.
If you’re planning a move to Hunterdon County, NJ, you probably have lots of items on your to-do list. Keep these items top of mind so you don’t skip an important step during your move.
Update Your Address
Compiling the list of businesses you have to update your address with can be headache-inducing. Unfortunately, it’s just part of the moving process that you can’t avoid. If you take care of changing addresses before the move, you’ll save yourself the hassle that can come from bills or important mail getting shipped to the wrong place.
Schedule a few hours to knock out your list of address updates with phone calls, online address change request forms, or visits to the local branches of the businesses you need to change your address with. Use this list to help the address change process.
You should also update your address with your local:
- Loan providers
- Utility service providers
- Subscription services
- Office payroll department
- Social Security Administration
- Pharmacy prescriptions
Some USPS offices in Hunterdon County include:
Setting up your new utility services is a must before move-in day. You’ll want to give the utility companies ample time to set up your accounts and get the services ready to go, so call them well in advance. Let them know the date you want to start the services and, if it’s the same utility company that you currently go through, the day you want to stop services at your current residence.
The utilities to set up likely include water, electricity, gas, sewer, internet, cable TV, and security systems. For some utilities, such as internet, you will have a handful of companies to choose from, while others only have one service provider option. When choosing between companies, it’s a good idea to ask your real estate agent, homeowner’s association, previous homeowner, landlord, or property management company which providers they recommend.
A technician from the utility companies might stop by your home to complete any set-up needs. If possible, have an electrical technician visit your new home to perform an energy audit. They can check some of the electrical work to ensure everything it up to code and safe, which limits the risk of electrocution, electrical shortages, and house fires. The electrician will also be able to tell you where you are leaking energy and what updates you can make to improve energy efficiency.
Don’t forget to stay up to date on your payments for your existing utility services. Check your accounts and pay any overdue utility bills, and plan for a technician to do a final meter reading. Keep a copy of your meter reports for your records.
Local Utility Companies
When you move into your new home, you want to be prepared for anything. Keep a list of local vendors nearby so you have a plumber, electrician or dentist to call in case of emergency. You’ll likely update the list over time, but this is a good starting point you can reference if you are ever in a hurry.
Registering your children for classes is one of the most important steps when moving to a new city. You might already know which school your child will be attending, but if not, know that there are several public and private school options to select from. See which one you want to send your children to and register them sooner rather than later.
There are several public school districts in Hunterdon County, NJ. For a full list, visit http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/schools/links.htm.
Some private schools include:
Don’t forget about your furry (and scaly) friends. Prepare your pets for your move to Hunterdon County, NJ by updating the address on their pet ID tags. You should also stop by your current vet to pick up your pet’s records, or ask them to send them electronically. If your pet is taking any regular medications, get enough for the move.
It’s possible that you will need to board your pet during some part of the move-in process. Call ahead of time to ensure the boarding facility can take your pet. You’ll also want to find a veterinarian close to your new home so you’re not scrambling when there’s an emergency.
There might be some move-in rules in your neighborhood, and you’ll want to be aware of those before the moving truck shows up. Ask your real estate agent, homeowners association, the previous homeowner, or the property management company if there are any limits on where the moving truck can park and/or when the moving truck can park.
You might be downsizing for your move or you might need a place to hold the belongings that you can’t have in your home. Either way, you’ll want a storage facility near your new home. There are several options when you move to Hunterdon County, NJ.
Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,360
Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,746
The median home price in Hunterdon is $380,200