There is a lot going on when moving into a new home from relocating, to unpacking, to cleaning and everything in between. Now imagine having to juggle all that without lights, in the freezing cold and unable to find the paperwork for your utilities company. That’s a scary thought! To avoid these types of scenarios and make the transition a little easier on you, we’ve put together a list of 3 important tasks to complete before your move in date.
Create a Folder of Important Documents
Moving doesn’t just involve changing houses; it usually involves switching other major places as well like doctors, banks, schools, etc. Doing so requires a ton of paperwork – yuck! The best way to get ahead of all this paperwork is to start collecting and organizing it right away. Create a folder with labels and file your records accordingly. Don’t forget to make extra paper or digital copies in case something is misplaced in the hustle of the move. Some of these important documents include:
- Medical records – doctor, optometrist and dental
- Bank records
- School records
- Pet records
- Home/car insurance
- Moving paperwork
If possible, personally take this folder with you to your new home so that you have the information readily available should you need it.
Discontinue and Transfer Utilities
Utilities such as hydro, electrical, gas, internet, cable, phone, etc. are often forgotten about during the process of moving. Not only do you have to cancel the services at your old address, but also arrange for the reconnection at your new address. A simple address transfer may be possible if your current provider services your new neighbourhood. But most likely you will have to research new local suppliers in the area, especially if you are moving to a different city or country. Begin this process at least 3 weeks before your move in date, as notice is usually required for both discontinuing and setting up utilities. During peak moving season it can take up to 2-3 weeks for the arrangements to be made. Don’t risk moving into your new home without these essential utilities; it would be quite the challenge!
Find a New Specialist/Establishment
When it comes to important issues like your health, education and financial well-being, don’t take these matters lightly! Just like you would do your research before selecting a mover, do the same to find the best specialist/establishment for you and your family. Once you’ve found the right one, have your records transferred over to the new administration. Use your folder of important documents we discussed above to make this process quicker and easier!
Ultimately, there is a lot to think about and accomplish during the moving process.
Stress levels are high and a spare moment is hard to come by. Making sure the 3 tasks above are completed prior to your move date will make the transition much easier and less stressful.