CENTURY 21 Vista, Inc.
The Gold Standard Team in Minnesota Real Estate

Relocation and Utility Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOVING TIPS AND CHECKLIST:

Do-It-Yourself:

  • Reserve a truck, van or trailer well in advance. Remember to order dollies, loading ramps, boxes, tape, padding,etc.
  • Ask about one-way vs. local charges. You might save by returning the rental to its place of origin.
  • Inventory and measure your furniture to be sure you have ordered the correct size truck.
  • Verify insurance coverage.

Moving Company:

  • Get competitive bids and be selective in choosing a moving company. Read all policies and contract carefully. Check for any complaints and confirm the reliability and integrity of the moving company with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Be cautious of unrealistically low estimates.
  • When the moving company representative arrives at your home to prepare the estimate, show him/her everything, including items to be moved from attics, basements and garages. Be precise about the type of service you require including packing, cartons, boxes, tape, etc.
  • Discuss items which require special attention and concern you the most.
  • Be sure to get a written estimate, setting forth the conditions and terms under which the mover is doing the job. If you haven't withheld necessary information, your estimate should contain your approximate cost, a listing of what is to be moved, and the basis for determining the rate. Never pay in full at the beginning of the move.
  • Investigate the company's policy on damaged and broken items.
  • If applicable, ask to tour your mover's warehouse for interim storage. Note the security, organization, cleanliness, etc.
  • Consider packing your belongings yourself. This is usually the most expensive part of a professional move, so you may be able to cut costs considerably.
  • If possible, move during the off-season (October through March) when rates are usually lower.
  • Consider a weekday move, which is usually less expensive than a weekend move.
  • Have a yard sale, donate or discard items you don' want or need because most movers charge based on weight.
  • Keep your shipment registration number in your wallet or purse, in case you need to call your mover with questions about your shipment.
  • Give the moving foreman a phone number (and an alternate contact) where you can be reached.

Packing:

  • Use boxes which are in good condition and make sure they are properly sealed. Whenever possible, keep individual box weight under 50 pounds.
  • Mark all boxes with your name, address, phone, contents, room, priority of unpacking and whether the contents are fragile.
  • Try not to combine items from different rooms into one box.
  • Leave clothes on hangers and pack in a wardrobe box.
  • Place picture frames between towels, sheets or blankets to give them added protection.
  • Pad all delicate items.
  • Remove breakable items and liquids from drawers and pack in boxes.
  • Plates, China and CDs should be packed vertically on end, instead of stacked.
  • Prior to packing aerosols and bathroom items, make sure that the caps and lids are tightly secured.
  • Do not overload furniture drawers, or put liquids or breakables in drawers.
  • Remove light bulbs prior to packing lamps and lighting fixtures.
  • Disassemble what you can.
  • Pack your local phone book - you may need it.
  • Take valuables and one-of-a-kind items with you.
  • If you have hired packers, try to be home yourself when packing is done or arrange to have a trusted friend present.
  • Load the items last that you will need first so they will be the first to be unloaded. Load heavy furniture first.

To Help Facilitate Your Move:

  • Discontinue all utility and other regular services.
  • Provide a change of address to all applicable parties.
  • Obtain transcripts from your childrens' schools and complete necessary withdrawal paperwork. Register your children in their new schools.
  • Take your family's medical and dental records, birth certificates, and other important documentation with you.
  • Arrange for sufficient cash or travelers checks to cover immediate moving expenses.
  • Use up food and beverages in refrigerator and freezer.

UTILITY INFORMATION:

ASHBY:

Electricity
Water/Garbage/Sewer
Telephone
Propane Gas

Otter Tail Power
City of Ashby
Otter Tail Telecom
Ashby Equity
218-736-6947
218-747-2876
218-998-2000
218-747-2778

BARRETT:

Electricity

Water/Garbage/Sewer
Telephone/Cable/Internet
Propane/Gas/Oil
Otter Tail Power
Runestone Electric (REA)
City of Barrett
Runestone Telephone
Farm and Home Oil
Haley Oil
Farmers Co-op (Cenex)
Anderson Oil-Hoffman
Prairie Lake Co-op (Cenex)-Hoffman

800-257-4044
320-762-1121
320-528-2440
320-986-2013
218-685-5100
218-685-4466
218-685-4491
320-986-2079
800-283-5026

BATTLE LAKE:

Electricity

Water/Garbage/Sewer
Telephone

Cable TV
Internet

Propane Gas

Heating Oil

Otter Tail Power
Lake Region Electric
City of Battle Lake
Qwest
Arvig Communications
Arvig Communications
Arvig Communications
Todd-Wadena Coop
Cenex
Pro-Ag, Henning
Wes’s Fuel
Battle Lake Standard
218-736-6947
218-863-1171
218-864-0424
800-244-1111
218-862-4227
218-862-4227
218-862-4227
218-631-3120
218-864-5574
218-583-2947
218-864-5528
218-864-5221

BRANDON:

Electricity

Otter Tail Power
Runestone Electric (REA)

800-257-4044
320-762-1121

BRECKENRIDGE:

Electricity
Water/Garbage/Sewer
Gas
City of Breckenridge
City of Breckenridge
Great Plains
218-643-4681
218-643-4681
218-643-1644

DALTON:

Water/Garbage/Sewer
Telephone
Fuel Oil
City of Dalton
Otter Tail Telcom
Ray’s Oil
218-589-8734
218-998-2000
218-589-8778

ELBOW LAKE:

Electricity



Water/Garbage/Sewer
Telephone
Cable TV
Internet 
Propane Gas and Oil
Otter Tail Power
City of Elbow Lake
Runestone Electric (REA)
Lake Region Electric
City of Elbow Lake
Runestone
Runestone
Runestone
Farm and Home Oil
Haley Oil
Farmers Co-op
218-736-6947
218-685-4483
320-762-1121
218-863-1171
218-685-4483
218-685-5300
218-685-5300
218-685-5300
218-685-5100
218-685-4466
218-685-4491

FERGUS FALLS:

Electricity
Natural Gas
Water/Garbage/Sewer
Telephone

Cable TV

Internet
Propane Gas

Heating Oil



Otter Tail Power
Great Plains Natural Gas
City of Fergus Falls
Qwest
Otter Tail Telcom
Charter Communications
Tekstar
Otter Tail Telcom
Cenex
Ferrell Gas
Olson Oil
Becklund Oil
Cenex
Hegstad
218-736-6947
218-736-6935
218-739-2251
800-244-1111
218-998-2000
800-581-0081
800-262-0414
218-998-2000
218-739-3521
218-739-3389
218-736-2786
218-736-5429
218-736-6915
218-736-5555

PELICAN RAPIDS:

Electricity
Water/Garbage/Sewer
Telephone
Cable TV
Internet
Natural Gas
Propane Gas
Fuel Oil
Lake Region Electric
City of Pelican Rapids
Loretel
Loretel
Loretel
Great Plains Gas
Amoco
Amoco
218-863-1171
218-863-7076
218-863-6451
218-863-6451
218-863-6451
218-863-5711
218-863-3677
218-863-3677

PERHAM:

Electricity
Natural Gas
Water/Garbage/Sewer
Telephone
Cable TV
Heating Oil
Otter Tail Power
Cenex Natural Gas
City of Perham
Arvig Communications
Arvig Communications
Cenex
800-257-4044
218-346-3500
218-346-5242
218-346-5500
218-346-5500
218-346-3500

ROTHSAY:

Water/Garbage/Sewer
Telephone

City of Rothsay
Otter Tail Telcom
Rothsay Telephone
218-867-2254
218-998-2000
218-867-2121

UNDERWOOD:

Water/Garbage/Sewer
Telephone
City of Underwood
Otter Tail Telcom
218-826-6686
218-998-2000

WAHPETON:

Electricity
Water/Garbage/Sewer
Telephone
Gas
Otter Tail Power
City of Wahpeton
702 Communications
Great Plains
800-257-4044
701-642-8448
701-672-5701
218-643-1644

WENDELL:

Electricity


Water/Garbage/Sewer

Telephone/Cable/Internet
Propane/Gas/Oil
Otter Tail Power
Runestone Electric (REA)
Lake Region Electric
City of Wendell/Don Weigand

Runestone Telephone
Farm and Home Oil
Haley Oil
Farmers Co-op (Cenex)

800-257-4044
320-762-1121
218-863-1171
218-548-2444
218-458-2178
218-458-2500
218-685-5100
218-685-4466
218-685-4491

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