Will you be using a big moving truck on move-in day? You can park it while you unload on most streets in East Providence, but it might be an issue on some of the busier streets. Call the non-emergency Police line at 401.435.7600 to make sure your street isn't on the no-big-truck list.Utility Setup
Get in touch with your utilities providers to make sure your lights/heat are on the first day you arrive, and to start shopping for internet/TV plans.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.
East Providence City Hall is at:145 Taunton Ave
You can head there between 8AM and 4PM on weekdays to ask questions, attend city council meetings, etc. You can also call them at 401.435.7500 to have your questions answered or get connected to various city departments.
East Providence coordinates weekly trash pick up for all residents. To find out which day of the week they'll be stopping by your place, call 401.435.7710 with your new address on hand.
Once you've settled into your new place, you'll have plenty of beautiful spots to explore in East Providence. Here are some of the most talked-about natural assets of the city:
If you are moving to East Providence 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.)
They can, however, require you to pay a deposit + the first month's rent + the last month's rent in order to lock down the lease.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 the Minimum Housing Inspector at 401.435.7722 extension 11102.4. 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.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 East Bay Community Action Program a call at 401.437.0006 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.
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For info on medical resources and crime rates in East Providence, read below the fold.Closest Hospital
For pet emergencies, you can use the VCA Povar Animal Hospital at 15 1st Street in East Providence. Their phone number is 401.434.0106.Crime Rates
If you are interested in substance abuse recovery resources, you should get in touch with the East Providence Prevention Coalition at 401.435.1923. You can also check out the local resources guide they've published.
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.
National Grid provides electricity and gas service to people living in East Providence. Head to this online form to start service, or call 800.870.1664. Have your East Providence 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 Providence, use WhiteFence to research and compare all your options. Spoiler alert: Verizon and Cox are the most popular providers in Rhode Island.
East Providence has money from a federal grant, allowing it to offer low interest loans (3%) to residents who need to complete home improvement projects to keep their homes safe and healthy. If you're an East Prov homeowner or landlord in need of some capital to fix the roof, rewire the electric etc, check it out. To apply, it looks like you now must now call or email the coordinator for an application.
There's a waiting list for the program of about 30 people and they grant about 5 ast Prov even if you don't foresee doing improvloans a year, so it might be a good idea to apply right when you move to Eement projects- you might have something by the time they get to your name, and you can always decline the loan if you don't.
Rhode Island is connected by the RIPTA bus network. You can get from East Providence to downtown Providence in about 25 minutes using the bus. RIPTA has partnered with Google Maps to create a helpful trip planner for finding schedules and buses. For fare information, read below the fold.
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 a DMV to do any of the car related stuff talked about above, you can register to vote while you're at the DMV. If you're not headed to the DMV anytime soon, go ahead and fill out this form and mail it to:East Providence City Hall
If you want to become active in East Providence local politics, head here to see a list of upcoming City Council meetings and agendas.
If you are moving to East Providence with a dog, you must register your pet with the city. Fill out this form and send it to:City of East Providence
You will have to send proof of rabies vaccination along with the form, and a check or money order for $5-$33 (depends on your age, and whether the dog is spayed/neutered).
For pet emergencies, you can use the VCA Povar Animal Hospital at 15 1st Street in East Providence. Their number is 401.434.0106.
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