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For Physicians – Relocation Tips: The Big Move!

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It’s almost time for the Big Move! You know where you’re moving to for your first job and now it’s time to start planning for your relocation. These suggestions might come in handy as you work through the details in these final months before you move to your new home.

  • First and foremost, inquire with your new employer/hospital as to services they offer to their incoming physicians. It is not unusual for moving estimates, logistics and even packing to be coordinated through them. Check to see if your employer can be direct billed for the move.
  • Planning as early as possible can eliminate many stressors. It may not seem like a priority at the time, however, starting the process at least two months in advance will be time used wisely.
  • Put your house on the market or make arrangements to rent it as soon as possible.
  • Consolidate, consolidate, and consolidate! Garage sales and donations to community organizations are great ways to get rid of things you will never use again and it also might give you a little extra spending money or a tax write off. In the end your move will be a bit lighter.
  • Pack early, label boxes by the room the items belong in and be sure to mark them fragile when indicated. Keep a general list of what’s in the boxes. You’ll thank yourself later when you know exactly what kitchen box your coffee maker is in!
  • Coordinate activation/deactivation dates for utilities in advance (telephone, electricity, gas, etc.).
  • If children are involved, keep them as part of the discussions about your new community. Sharing brochures, websites and including them in visits to the community in advance, will help to alleviate some of the anxiety. Keep them in the loop as to why you are moving, when and how.
  • Check the weather report for the day of the move so that you can plan wardrobes accordingly.
  • Keep all of your receipts in one file as you will need them for reimbursement and/or tax purposes.
  • Pick up a moving kit from the US Post Office. Many tips are listed inside, as well as, the appropriate paperwork to have your mailed forwarded.

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