A Helpful Checklist for Your Move
Moving to a new town is exciting but it can also be overwhelming. The physical move and unpacking can be stressful not to mention trying to settle into your new home. I am pleased to provide you a helpful checklist for things to keep in mind when you move to a new town or city.
Forward Your Mail and Change Your Address
In most cases with a move, many individuals forward their mail to their new address for 3-6 months so they do not miss anything important. It is also recommended to change your address a week before the move which includes:
- The Post Office
- Revenue Canada
- License Bureau
- Gas and Electric Companies
- Phone, Cable, and Internet Providers
- Home-owners Insurance
- Insurance Providers
- Bank and Credit Card Company
- Magazine and Subscription Services
- Online Shopping Sites
- Clubs and Organizations
Settle Your Local Memberships
Are you a member of a local club or organization? Think about cancelling your membership in these groups, especially if there is a cost. If you no longer use them, you will have to settle your membership.
Find an Internet Provider
Not having an internet provider in your new home can be frustrating. Call an internet provider that serves the area where you are about to move and schedule an installation.
Find Health Professionals
While you may not need a health professional immediately when you move, eventually you will need to find a new primary care physician and dentist. Understand that it also may take a while to find suitable doctors and/or get an appointment, so you may want to plan. You will need to find out where the closest walk-in clinic is and if the clinic allows all residents access. Pet owners should also find a veterinarian in the area to know where to bring their pets in the case of an emergency. Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations.
Transfer Your Prescriptions
If needed, have your prescriptions transferred to a pharmacy near your new home.
Research Your New Township/City Online
Get to know your township or city. Some things you will need to know include trash and recycling days as well as yard waste pick-up because every town or city differs in schedules. Their website may also have an event section that may interest you as it is a fun way to meet locals. It will also allow you to find out who your councillor and mayor is in case you need to ask questions or report a concern.
Introduce Yourself to the Neighbours
A simple hello may lead to an initial conversation if you and your neighbours cross paths as you're moving in, but if that opportunity doesn't present itself, don't be afraid to knock on a door to let your neighbors know that you're new around the community. Having a friendly relationship with your neighbors is important — because you never know when you'll need a little help here and there, whether it's to keep an eye on your house while you're away or that all-important cup of sugar when you're baking during a blizzard, or you might even become lifelong friends.
Explore the Area on Foot or Bike
You can get a general idea of what's around your new home in a vehicle, but you'll get a more specific view of the establishments that make up your area on foot or bicycle. Concentrate on the downtown area of where you live since that's likely where you'll find the bulk of the local businesses that you will frequent as a resident.
Visit Local Restaurants and Shops
When you first move to a new place it's not a bad idea seeing as, your kitchen will probably be a mess for the first few days, to venture out to eat and support a local business. It's also a good way to meet business owners and locals.
Living in a Waterfront Community
Have you moved to a waterfront community? Inquire about the rules of docking your boat – where can you dock your boat and when can it be put in the water. When does your boat have to be taken out for the season? Have you moved close to a beach? Find out if you need a beach or parking pass to access the beach. These are important questions to ask your real estate agent or the township/city you will be residing in.
Get a Feel for the Social Scene
Where do local hangouts? The best way to find out is to visit a few entertainment venues and other social gathering/party spots in town. Do they have a community centre? What about a local recreational league? You will also want to find other groups in which you want to participate, which includes church groups, professional groups, fundraisers and support groups.
Join Groups that Interest You
If you're moving to a new town or city, there are plenty of social activity groups that are sure to compliment your own idea of fun. Join an online Facebook group for your town or city to find out about local events. Follow the Township/City’s facebook page to keep up to date with your community.
Register for a Library Card
Familiarize yourself with the local library. It’s helpful to have a library card in case you want to check out a book or a free movie. It's also a good place to access free Wi-Fi if yours isn't set up right away.
There is a lot of tasks at hand when you move into your new home, but I hope that following the checklist above can help you make the transition a bit easier.
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Born in Toronto, Ontario, I have been in sales for over 30 years. At the young age of 23, I was a successful store manager for a large well known Retail Shoe Company in Toronto, which led me to work for a large Floor and Wall Fashions Distributor in Warehouse Management and Sales. Beginning in 2004, this valuable experience led me to a successful and dynamic career in Real Estate. I then achieved my Broker's license in 2008 and I am always continuing my education in this exciting field.
I find myself so fortunate to live and work in Lagoon City. Over the years, I have met so many wonderful people who have become my neighbours and friends. I truly believe in creating a better community through connecting people with the right homes. My integrity and honesty will always keep you on the right path and my dedication to finding or selling your home goes beyond expectations.
Richard McGuigan is a professional CENTURY 21® Real Estate Broker at Century 21 B.J Roth Realty Ltd, residing in Lagoon City, Ontario and providing you with the highest quality service possible. His personal knowledge of the Real Estate market in Lagoon City and surrounding areas is combined with the power of the CENTURY 21 brand - the most recognized name in Real Estate today. Let Richard assist you in finding your dream home in our beautiful waterfront community. Contact him today for a free home evaluation.