While packing is a major element when it comes to moving, there is a lot more that one needs to take into account when changing one’s address.
Specifically, there will be a few logistical matters that will be to be attended to during the moving process.
Whereas every move is different and circumstances will vary from one person to the next, so will the unique aspects surrounding each move change along with the logistical considerations!
For example, if you are moving but are still bound by a lease agreement, you will need to read through the contract to see what options you have. Perhaps it is possible to be released from the agreement early or find another tenant that could take over the property until the terms of the lease expire – this will require some research and a discussion with the landlord.
Here are 4 logistical and technical details that you need to keep in mind when moving homes:
#1 – Is the move covered?
If you have decided to make use of a moving company, check what is covered by insurance.
It is not ideal to only find out what is covered after your goods are loaded on the van. Read through all documentation provided by the moving company to see what falls under the insurance coverage during the move and what isn’t.
While the moving company will provide some insurance, depending on the contract, it might be worthwhile to take out additional coverage.
#2 – Transfer or disconnect utilities
Utilities or services will need to be transferred to the new address or discontinued if no longer applicable.
These would include items such as water and electricity services, newspaper delivery, a telephone landline, television subscription, internet service, or even a private security company, to name but a few.
There might be a deposit to be refunded from certain service providers. Also, make sure to let service providers know where they can send the final bills to.
#3 – Obtain all necessary records
Obtaining copies of records and vital documentation is of particular importance if you are moving to another city or province.
Important documents would include medical records from the family doctor, along with any chronic prescriptions that need to refilled or transferred to another pharmacy.
Families should get their children’s school records such as copies of report cards and a transfer card. Other records would include birth documents for all family members and any legal records.
#4 – Notify the relevant parties of your move
- Let all creditors know (as well as your bank) that you have moved so that you don’t miss any payments or important notices that could affect your credit record.
- As an extra precaution, ask the post office to forward all post to your new address.
- Give your new details to any publications you have subscriptions with as well, and likewise, inform family and friends.
In closing, although relocating can be a stressful and tedious endeavour, by having a moving checklist prepared ahead of time and systematically dealing with all the necessary aspects involved will make it a far more manageable experience.
Which preparations did you make ahead of your most recent move? Anything, in particular, that wasn’t mentioned in the article above that you’d like to share with us in the comments below?
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