Getting ready to move to or from the Farmington area? Use these helpful tips to get familiar with the Farmington area and stay on track during your upcoming relocation.

The Joys of Living in Farmington

Farmington is a wonderful place to call home. It is surrounded by other friendly communities and an abundance of natural beauty. So if you’re relocating to Farmington, NM, here are a few things you can look forward to.

Scenic Beauty

Farmington is surrounded by incredible natural beauty. From our “Three Rivers” (the San Juan, Animas, and La Plata rivers), to the otherworldly Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, to the wind-swept sandstone of Chokecherry Canyon, to the simple pleasure of watching a Southwest sunset from your own back porch, there are countless views here that will take your breath away.

Outdoor Galore

The Four Corners Region is famous for its abundance of outdoor activities. We have world-famous fly fishing at the San Juan River Quality Waters. We have hiking, biking, camping, and boating. We even have world-class skiing just a short drive north into southwest Colorado.

The Four Corners Region is also home to national parks and monuments like Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, Aztec Ruins, and Shiprock, which preserve and honor the Native American history and culture of our area.

Affordable Living

Farmington real estate prices and cost of living are relatively low in comparison to many other areas of the country. This means you’ll get more home for your budget, and you’ll likely have more breathing room in your budget from month to month.

Diverse Population

The Farmington area is a seamless mix of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo populations. This beautiful diversity is seen in the community events held throughout the year. Attend the Northern Navajo Nation Fair, enjoy a wine festival by the San Juan River, test your heat tolerance at a chile cookoff, or go to a show at the Farmington Civic Center. For those who like to be involved in the community, there is no shortage of diverse cultural experiences. 

Welcome to Farmington

Congratulations on relocating to Farmington, and let us be the first to welcome you!

Be sure to also check out our Resources Page, which has all the important links you need to stay connected in our community.

Continue reading to get helpful tips on preparing to sell your current home and making your relocation process as easy as possible. Or if you're ready to start looking for your Farmington home, browse available homes here.

Getting Ready to Sell Your Current Home

Selling your home and moving to a new community can be a stressful life event, but it doesn't have to be. Use these helpful tips to get your home ready for sale and make the process as easy and stress-free as posible.

Get Organized

Start a "move file" to keep track of estimates, receipts and other information. You may be able to deduct your move and lower your taxes, so check with the IRS to see what expenses can be deducted on your next tax return.

Research Your New Community

The local Chamber of Commerce is a great place to find information about your new home.

Stay Healthy

Gather medical and dental records - including prescriptions and shot records. Ask your existing doctors if they can refer you to care providers in your new city.

Prepare Your Children

Arrange to have school records transferred to your children's new school district and/or daycare. Involve your children in the moving process, from picking out the new home to packing their toys. Relocating can be a "scary" adventure, so make sure you talk to your family about the move. Visit about the new community and discuss how to make new friends.

Budget for Moving Expenses

Depending on how far away you are moving, you may want to look at relocation months ahead of time to prepare. Moving services can be costly, and with the purchase of a new home, it's best to be prepared. When you reserve your moving services, make sure to get a quote so you know how much to budget.

Tie Up Loose Ends

  • Contact utility companies to disconnect, transfer or connect services. Plan on keeping current services through your move date and having new ones available prior to your move-in date.
  • Return library books and pick up dry cleaning or items out for repair.
  • Call your local newspaper and set a date to cancel your subscription.
  • Call your insurance agent to see what changes to expect in your policies. Ask if moving is covered and arrange for insurance for your new home.
  • Contact health clubs or other organizations to which you belong. Ask how you can end, sell or transfer your membership.
  • Contact your bank and/or credit union to transfer or close accounts. Clear out safety deposit boxes. Pick up traveler's checks or cash for "on the road" expenses.

Keep In Touch

File a change of address. If you don't know what your new address will be, ask the postal service to hold your mail in their office in your new city. Make a list of friends, relatives and businesses that will need to know of your move and send your new address to them as soon as possible. Postal forwarding time is limited.

Take Inventory

Decide what items need to go before your move and plan a yard sale or contact your local charities. If you donate, be sure to get a receipt for income tax purposes.

Make a list of things that are valuable or difficult to replace. Ship these items by certified mail or carry them with you.

Clean house

  • Start collecting boxes and other packing supplies at least a month before your move.
  • Use up things that can't be moved, such as frozen foods, bleach and aerosol cleaners.
  • Dispose of flammables, corrosives and poisons.
  • Drain all gas and oil from your mower and other motors. Gas grills, kerosene heaters, etc. must be emptied as well.
  • Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day.

Reserve Your Moving Truck

Do this at least a few weeks before your move. If you need a ramp or other loading equipment, make reservations with a local equipment-rental yard.

Be Prepared

As moving day gets closer, finish packing and prepare a box with the essentials. Keep these items handy, preferably in your automobile. Don't forget to include extra clothing, toiletries and snacks for the kids. Other things to consider are:

  • Coffee cups, paper plates, paper towels
  • Plastic forks, spoons, knives
  • Dish soap, trash bags, towels
  • Phone books, pencils and paper, your "move file"
  • Telephone, radio, batteries
  • Scissors, masking tape, utility knife, can opener
  • Toilet paper, prescriptions, aspirin or other pain relievers
  • Flashlight, light bulbs, hammer
  • Toys for the kids

Finish up. Before leaving your old home, check every room, closet and cabinet one last time. Make sure everything is loaded. Leave a note with your new address in the house so future occupants can forward any stray mail.

Once You've Arrived In Your New Community

When you get settled into your new home in your new community, follow these important steps to get settled:

Get Connected

Check to see if your mail is making it to your new address or pick up any mail being held. Contact a local internet/cable service provider to get set up.

Fill Out The Paperwork

If you're switching states, get a new driver's license and new tags for your vehicle(s). And don't forget to register to vote, which you can often do when you get your new license.

Stay Up To Date

If you still like to read the paper, contact the local paper for a subscription. Do a quick Google search and see if there are any local magazines you can subscribe to that will keep you updated on what's going on in the community. Bookmark any local event pages that interest you. The best way to feel at home is to get involved in the community right away.

And last but not least, make yourself at home.