Long-Distance Moving Tips and Advice

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Moving can be an exhilarating experience.  The idea of picking up and moving to the unknown is something that people have been doing for centuries.  However, there are a few things that can be done to make sure that the transition is smooth.  When re-locating, especially across provinces a bit of front leg work ahead of time can make sure things are in place before you get to your new destination.

When moving, a few things to consider might be:

  • Where will you store your belongings?  Will you need to consider storage?

  • Finding a reputable mover to move your belongings to your new area.

  • Finding a new residence (either renting or buying).

  • Finding professionals in your new area (doctor, dentist, optometrist)

  • Utilities – power, gas, phone, water, sewer, cable and internet set up in your new location.

  • Forwarding all your mail to your new location (generally Canada Post will do this for up to six months for a small fee).

  • Medical insurance – will you be covered – how long does your current plan give you coverage?

  • How long do you have to be a resident before you can apply for your new health insurance (most places once you have an address then you can apply for health insurance)?

  • If moving a car – registering the vehicle, cross border and cross province car inspection.

  • Car License – generally you have three months of gainful employment before registration and licenses have to be changed over to your new destination (home).  Not changing your license plates, registration and personal driver’s license can come with a hefty fine.

  • Once you are in your new area, find community events to meet people.  Generally new areas have welcome wagon volunteers that will come to your new location to give ideas on how to get involved in your new community.

There will be many new things to see, do and to explore upon arriving at your new destination.  Following these ideas may help to ensure your move is a seamless as possible.