So your home search is over and you’ve found the perfect place. Congratulations, that’s super exciting! We truly appreciate how hard it is to look for an apartment to rent in Vancouver. But before you get ahead of yourself and start running your furniture over to your new pad, take a beat. Consider if you’re forgetting something, like these 5 steps most movers tend not to remember.
Schedule your mail to be forwarded.
Yes, believe it or not paper mail is still a thing and although you might not get them as often as you use to, the ones you do get are often very important. Think about the last few pieces of mail you’ve received, are you picturing wedding invitations, bank statements and government related mail? You don’t want to miss any of those. To make sure you continue to receive these without disruption, consider a mail forwarding service. This will give you some time to go down your change address checklist and update them properly without worrying about missing out on important mail.
Complete all necessary change of address forms.
Speaking of updating your address, you can’t rely on that mail-forwarding service forever. You will eventually have to make sure you’ve changed your address, especially with these essential institutions.
- Driver’s license
- Health card
- Doctor & Dentist
- Tax office (CRA)
Find out the local garbage and recycling initiatives and schedules.
If you’re moving far enough from your current home, then there’s a good chance that your garbage and recycling collection schedule won’t be the same. Is there anything worse than missing collection day and having to live with 2 week’s worth of garbage? Check out your new local municipal website for more information on schedules and recycling programs. Some of them even have apps now that can help you with reminders.
Claim some of your moving expenses.
Free money! Did you know that some of your moving expenses might be claimable on your taxes. If you are a full-time student or if you are moving more than 40 km closer to your current job then you might just qualify. It’s certainly worth a look if it means getting some money back at the end of the year. Head over to GOC website to check if you qualify.
Consider moving insurance
Whether you’re moving across the country or just across town, if you are using a moving company consider getting moving insurance. After all, this is your entire life being transported. Of course moving companies will try their best to keep your stuff as safe as they can, but accidents do happen. With moving insurance, you don’t have to worry about your high value items as they will be fully covered.
Here’s a bonus tip that will make make your first couple of days in your new home a little easier. Before packing everything up, set aside a few change of clothes and some toiletries in a separate bag. This way you won’t be scrambling to find which box you put your toothbrush in on your first night in your new home.
These are just a few simple steps that can hopefully make your move go a little smoother. If you are still looking for a place to rent then stay tuned, we are working on something that’s going to help you with that.
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