Will you be using a big moving truck on move-in day? You can park it while you unload on most streets in East Greenwich, but it might be an issue on some of the busier streets. Call the non-emergency Police line at 401.886.8639 to make sure your street isn't on the no-big-truck list.Utility Setup
Get in touch with the East Greenwich utilities providers to make sure your lights/heat are on the first day you arrive, and to start shopping for internet/TV plans. There's a section further down on this page with recommendations and instructions for setting up your utilities!Change your address
A few days before you move, you can use the US Postal Service change of address form to forward your mail. If you do it shortly before you leave, hopefully no mail will fall through the cracks. You'll have to update magazine/newspaper subscriptions yourself, though.
If you are moving to East Greenwich from within Rhode Island, you legally have ten days to let the DMV know of your address change. There's no need to schlep to the DMV itself - just mail this form to Division of Motor Vehicles Attn: Address Change, 600 New London Avenue, Cranston RI 02920. There's not even a fee!
You must move your license to RI within 30 days of moving to the state. To do so, you'll need to head to a physical DMV branch (there's no way to do it online) with your out-of-state license, as well as several other documents. You'll need:
You should probably just do this when you change your license over, as both processes require that you head to a physical DMV, and you need to bring along the same documents (proof of residency etc.) You should also bring your auto insurance papers because you'll need to give your policy number, and a few facts about your car such as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and the number of cylinders the engine has.
Again, just pick up and fill out the relevant form when you're at the DMV; you'll have time to kill. It costs $36.50 to change your registration, and you can pay with cash or credit.
By the way, auto insurance is mandatory in RI. (Sorry New Hampshire-ites and Wisconsin-ites.)
You can contact the East Greenwich local government at 401.886.8665 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday. You can also stop in at 125 Main Street (Town Hall) to have your questions answered or attend council meetings. East Greenwich has a great website with department contact info, a portal for paying your taxes, and important community announcements.
National Grid provides electricity and gas service to people living in East Greenwich. Head to this online form to start service, or call 800.870.1664. Have your East Greenwich address and Social Security Number on hand! Note: You might successfully start service via the online form, and then get a follow up email saying you actually have to fax certain documents into the National Grid headquarters to start service, such as a signed lease agreement or photo copy of a voided check. Which documents certain people have to send and why is a total mystery to us still- just use the form and wait for further instructions from National Grid, is our recommendation.
To find internet, TV and phone plans in East Greenwich, use WhiteFence to research and compare all your options. Spoiler alert: Verizon and Cox are the most popular providers in Rhode Island.
We read the RI landlord-tenant handbook for you. But we are not lawyers, and this is not legal advice. Just one citizen's understanding of how renting should work in East Greenwich.1. Your landlord can't ask for a deposit that's greater than the monthly rent.
They can, however, require you to pay a deposit + the first month's rent in order to lock down the lease. [Citation]2. Save signed and dated copies of everything you send to your landlord.
If you end up needing to go to court with them, heaven forbid, nothing you sent them will really count towards your case unless you can personally produce all the missives.3. The city will come inspect your house if your landlord isn't taking care of business.
If you notify your landlord of an issue in your home and they don't fix it in 20 days, call City Hall at 401.886.8665 and request that a Building Inspector come check your home out. [Citation]4. You can make repairs yourself and deduct costs from your next rent payment.
If your landlord doesn't fix something in 20 days, instead of calling the inspector you can just take care of it yourself. Make sure you notify your landlord of what you're doing, save all the receipts, and don't spend more than $125 per fix. [Citation]5. The state will weatherize your home for free.
A weatherized home means a greener environment and lower energy bills for you. If you meet these income requirements give the Westbay Community Action Partnership a call at 401.732.4660 to start the application process.6. You should really get Renters Insurance.
Your landlord's insurance will not cover any stuff (clothes, furniture) that you lose in the event of a fire, flood or burglary. Renters insurance in RI is dirt cheap (about $19/month) and will help you pay to replace these things without going broke/crazy. You should definitely get it. Not convinced? Learn more.
Make sure you create a good system for tracking who owes who and making sure bills and roommates get paid. I work on Splitwise, a website/iPhone/Android app which does all the math and tracking for you. Please give it a try! If you hate it, you can always go back to using a spreadsheet.Split the rent fairly
If your bedrooms are of disparate quality (ie. one is much smaller than the rest), or if you are living with a couple, Splitwise also makes a tool called the SplitTheRent calculator to calculate a fair rent differential based on quality and size of rooms.Value used furniture
If you need to put a fair price on your old furniture, or are trying to sell your share of a group couch from your last roommates, give the Splitwise furniture calculator a try. It uses age and condition to estimate a depreciated value.
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The main hospital serving East Greenwich is the Kent Hospital at 455 Toll Gate Rd in Warwick. The phone number for Kent Hospital is 401.737.7000. The only full scale pediatric hospital in the state is the Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, at 593 Eddy Street, phone number 401.444.4000.Urgent care
For urgent (but not life-threatening) medical issues, you can use the Atmed Treatment Center at 1526 Atwood Avenue #100 in Johnston, phone number 401.273.9400.Pet emergencies
For pet emergencies, you can use the Ocean State Veterinary Specialists at 1480 South County Trail in East Greenwich, phone number 401. 886.6787.Crime Rates
You can check out a detailed crime report for East Greenwich here.
You must register your dog with the East Greenwich local government within 30 days of moving. To register your furry friend, fill out this form and send it to:
East Greenwich Town Hall, PO Box 111, East Greenwich, RI 02818
Include proof of rabies vaccination, and a self-addressed, pre-stamped envelope so they can send your license to you when it's ready. The licensing costs $8 per dog; include a check for the proper amount in your letter. The Town Clerk handles dog licensing, so if you're confused about any part of this process just call 401.886.8665 and ask for the Clerk's office.
Rhode Island is connected by the RIPTA bus network. You can get from East Greenwich to downtown Providence in about 55 minutes using the bus. RIPTA has partnered with Google Maps to create a helpful trip planner for finding schedules and buses.
It costs $2 to ride the bus, and you can buy monthly unlimited passes for $62/month. Order them online or buy them at the Kennedy Plaza bus hub in downtown Providence. You can use RIPTA buses to get to and from the airport, most beaches, and other key destinations across the state.
If you're headed to the DMV to obtain or renew a RI license, you can register to vote while you're at the DMV doing that. Otherwise, go ahead and fill out this form and mail it to:
East Greenwich Town Hall, PO Box 111, East Greenwich, RI 02818
You'll need to enter your RI drivers' license number or your Social Security Number, so dig those cards out if you need to.
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