The New Year is a popular season for moving, and many people across Canada have decided to relocate or find a new home that better meets their needs during the pandemic. Whether you’re planning a move across the country or down the street, follow these tips for a smooth experience:
A new home is a fresh start, so why not take inventory of all your stuff to see what you really need? The fewer things you have, the less you need to pack, move, unpack and find a new place for. Well before your move, clear out old clothing, digitize family photos and have a garage sale for unwanted items.
Create an essentials bag.
After a long day of moving furniture and boxes, the last thing you want to do is launch a search party for the things you’ll need for your first night. So, pack a bag with the essentials like pyjamas, fresh clothes for the next day, toiletries, medications and snacks. Make one for each family member.
Switch your providers.
Find out who your utility, cable and internet provider will be and make the switch early for a seamless transition. Remember to check with your new telephone provider to see if you can keep your current phone number. Depending on where you’re moving to, you may be able to keep your number if you transfer services from landline to landline, landline to mobile, mobile to landline and mobile to mobile.
To keep your phone number, don’t cancel your service before switching. Tell your new provider that you want to keep your number and they’ll take care of the transfer for you — they’ll ask for some personal details to set up your account and ask you which services you want to keep, remove or change. This is a great time to shop around for a better deal.
If you simply want to cancel, know that you don’t need to provide 30 days' notice before cancelling your phone, mobile, internet or TV services.
Invest in the right tools.
It can seem like a smart idea to pack and move everything yourself, or to get old boxes from the grocery store. But at the time, the stress and headaches of boxes falling apart on the go, or debating the best way to load your vehicle mean it might be worth it to pay the cost for hiring movers or buying sturdy packing boxes and supplies. Do your research early and decide what will help you most on the day.