Looking for a Pediatrician After a Move? 5 Tips

Your child’s pediatrician is a partner in your quest to raise a healthy, happy child. However, finding a pediatrician you trust can be difficult when you move to a new community.

Taking your child to someone you trust to make wise medical decisions is essential. These tips can help you find a pediatrician that will meet your child’s needs while also meeting your criteria for an excellent medical provider.

1. Find Out Which Doctors Take Your Insurance

If you have medical insurance, one easy way to narrow the search for a physician is to find out which doctors in the area take your insurance. You can do this by calling your insurance company or the doctors in your area one at a time. Your insurance company may also provide a directory of providers in your area. Search on your insurance company’s website or call them directly.

2. Get Recommendations

Do you know anyone in your new town? If you’ve moved to an area where you already have friends or family, ask them for pediatrician recommendations. Getting recommendations is a great way to find a doctor because you can ask questions about the person providing the guidance. Ask questions such as:

  • How long have you been taking your child to this doctor?
  • Do they see children promptly and on schedule?
  • How do they interact with your child?
  • What’s your favorite thing about this particular doctor?

If you don’t know anyone in your new town, consider looking up online reviews of the doctors in your area to find out what other people in your town are saying about those doctors.

3. Stop In At the Doctor’s Office, Meet the Doctor

Once you’ve found a potential pediatrician, stop by the office. This is a chance to evaluate the lobby, parking, and people working in the reception area. Is the lobby child-friendly? Are you able to find parking? Are the people at the reception desk kind and respectful?

Ask to make an appointment to meet the doctor, either over the phone or in person. Many pediatricians will take a little time to answer parents’ questions about their practice, but schedule this ahead. This will give you time to evaluate whether this doctor is right for your child.

When you interview the doctor, ask questions such as:

  • How long have you been practicing?
  • What do you do to make children feel comfortable at the doctor’s office?
  • Who will cover your patients when you’re gone?
  • Do you offer same-day appointments or emergency appointments?
  • How often do you recommend well-baby and well-child appointments?
  • Do you offer advice regarding parenting strategies?
  • Do you have an after-hours advice line?

5. Consider Availability

Make an appointment with the pediatrician you’re considering. If getting your first appointment is difficult, either because the pediatrician is too booked or because their receptionist is hard to reach, this could be a red flag.

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How to Plan for Utilities Before a Residential Move

Managing a residential move involves many lists and details to tend to, but one thing you don’t want to overlook is forgetting to turn off utilities in your old home and arranging to get them turned on in your new one. The following utility planning tips can help ensure you don’t end up paying extra or losing access to utilities.

 Current Home

Start arranging to shut off or transfer utility services around a month before your move. You don’t want to end up paying for essential services you aren’t using. In addition, you could damage your credit standing if you forget to close out utilities and miss payments. To achieve closed accounts, take these steps.

  • Make a list of all utilities and recurring services (don’t forget newspapers, magazines, etc.)
  • Contact each company to cancel or transfer (often you can do this online); be prepared to have the account number, account holders’ name, and stop/transfer date available.
  • Send companies your new address, so you receive their final bill or get your deposit returned.
  • Pay off any balances and return any equipment you may have rented from the company. 
  • Get confirmation of termination or transfer of services to ensure you completed it.

As you’re closing accounts and settling with utility companies, you’ll also want to start planning for utilities for your new place.

New Home

Starting well ahead ensures you don’t find yourself without electricity, gas, internet, water, and other necessary services. To make sure you don’t overlook any details, take these steps.

  • Research new utility companies to see which vendors cover your new neighborhood.
  • See if any companies overlap with your existing accounts—if so, you can transfer services.
  • If renting or owning a property with an HOA, speak to your landlord or HOA about which services they include with your rent or monthly fees.
  • Upon arrival, as soon as possible, check to ensure utilities have been activated per your scheduling agreement.

Like closing out accounts, plan to start opening new utility accounts roughly a month before your move, so the companies have sufficient time to run a credit check or schedule timely appointments if a technician needs to be on site.

What Utilities and Services Should You Account for When Planning?

This will vary, of course, but most people find they need to contact the following types of companies. Doing so will ensure you receive timely service for either closing, opening, or transferring your accounts.

  • Electricity
  • Fuel (oil or gas)
  • Internet/TV/telephone
  • Cellular service (change of address)
  • Water and sewer
  • Waste removal
  • Amazon deliveries
  • Medication subscriptions
  • Magazine and newspaper subscriptions
  • Prepared meals

As you prepare to move, consider any recurring deliveries you may receive. One way to ensure you don’t miss anything is to look over your credit card bill, automatic withdrawals, and checkbook to pinpoint recurring payments you make.

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