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10 To-Dos Before You Move for Work

10 To-Dos Before You Move for Work

Christine F. Della Monaca | Monster Staff Writer

May 25, 2010

Decide What Kind of Moving Services You Want to Use

If you’re moving long-distance, be sure to use a reputable, insured moving company that frequently handles this type of relocation. You will be entrusting these people with precious cargo, so shop around and make sure you understand the process.

Moving companies offer various insurance options, and your needs will be dictated by what is being carried and other details of your move. There may be additional fees, such as packing services, boxes or large-item fees, as well as storage fees if the truck needs to sit for a day while you wait to close on a property. It is a good idea to have a few companies send out a representative to give you a quote and then get a written contract before you move.

Make Your Travel Arrangements

As soon as you know your move date, book any flights to coordinate with the dates of your move. If pets will be moving with you, be sure to make arrangements for them and understand the airline’s policy and what travel containers will be required. It is also important to decide what necessary items you will want to keep with you and what you can send with the moving company. Keep in mind the number of changes of clothes and the weather where you are heading, and make sure you keep prescriptions and closing paperwork with you.

Attend to Transitional Details

Once you’ve settled on your new home and are ready to make the move, be sure to take care of all those transitional details. Have utility services such as gas, electricity, television and Internet connections turned off at your previous home and turned on in your new home on moving day. Make sure you have stocked up on all prescriptions, and get copies of any medical records you need to provide to your new doctors (including your veterinarian). Fill out change-of-address cards at your local post office, and notify credit card companies, banks and other important contacts of your new address. Finally, transfer funds and arrange check cashing in your new hometown.

This article was originally published on Monster.com.

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