Moving across town is difficult enough, but when you are faced with a long distance move that takes you out of the city in which you live, or even to another province, you can become overwhelmed very quickly. There are some key things to help when organizing an effective, efficient long distance move, including:
Switching of Utilities. It is critical that you look into your new service providers, including electric, gas, phone, water, and sewage before you do anything else. Many will need a lead time of 1-3 weeks in order to get your new services put into your name. You may also have to provide a monetary deposit, especially if you are moving to a new province, to establish credibility with the new utilities providers.
Remember to have service started in your name only after you have closed on and taken possession of your new home. It is equally as important to call your current utility providers and cancel your service at your existing residence. Again, make sure you leave the utilities in your name until the date of closing or when the new owners take possession, whichever is first. This will ensure that you are responsible only for the services used by you and your family, and will avoid any conflict with the new owners and their use (or potential misuse) of utilities.
Rent a Moving Van. You never know how busy a moving van company is going to be on the weekend in which you want to do the long distance move, so the more advanced notice you can give, the better your chances for renting the size and type van you need. Be realistic, too. If you have a large home, you will likely need more than one van to move, which may mean hiring a moving company to move you. Regardless of how you do it, you will want to give 6 weeks notice of your intent to either rent a van yourself, or enlist the services of a moving company.
Pack Valuables In Advance. If you have certain items that you want to be sure are packed well and are out of the way while you move on to bigger items, it would be wise to pack those first. For a long distance move, make sure your valuable items are packed well and are given a special, secure place to ride. Otherwise, you may arrive at your new home with your treasured possessions broken or shattered due to negligence on your part. Even if you hire professional movers to pack and move your things, it is highly recommended that you pack key valuable possessions yourself, and move them separately from the other items.
Home Inspections (on both ends). While you are working on switching all kinds of providers, don’t forget the home inspections on your new home. You want to make sure your new home is ready for you, and that there is nothing that needs resolution before you move in. If so, it is the current owner’s responsibility to take care of it.
Likewise, make sure that you take care of anything that the inspector of your current residence finds as quickly as possible. The sooner you resolve any potential issues with your current home, the quicker you will be able to move to close on your existing home and move on to your new one.
Mail Forwarding. Don’t forget the mailman! You want to make sure all of your creditors know of your change in address. The easiest way to do this is to fill out the “change of address” form on the back of your billing statement; however, some credit card companies do not pay attention to that statement. Therefore, play it safe by calling your creditors to let them know of your new address and number. This will ensure all your bills, magazines, etc, move with you to your new address.