Preparing For Your New Home
You’ve finally found a place to call home. Congratulations! Now you’ll need to prepare for the move. Here’s a checklist you can use to make the transition easier.
CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS
Contact Canada Post and request to forward your mail to your new address. They can even share your new address with other businesses if you choose to do so. To save more time, and paper, you could switch your bills to Canada Post’s epost or electronic delivery to your personal email address. To ensure you’ve got every business covered, review your current bills and important mail.
CONTACT THE UTILITY COMPANIES
Contact your utility companies to notify them of your moving date so that your last bill reflects that date and provide your updated address. If you’re moving to a different city, you’ll need to open a new account with the utility company and notify them of your move in date as well as close your account from your former service provider.
BOOK THE MOVING TRUCK
When booking a moving company, ensure that you do so early as spots fill up quickly in the busy spring and summer months. Check credentials and rates, as well as capacity so you can avoid making multiple trips to and from your old and new home.
KEEP, DONATE, OR DUMP
Packing is a good opportunity to assess what you want to keep, donate, or dump. Donations of home items such as furniture and paint can be sent to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore locations across the country. Larger items that can’t be delivered to the store could be picked up. Contact your local ReStore for more information.
CONTACT YOUR INSURANCE COMPANIES
Contact your insurance providers to inform them of your address change. Depending on the location of your new home, you may see an increase or decrease in premiums. Ask questions and discuss options. When moving to a new home it’s important to assess your overall coverage and see if you need to fill any gaps. For instance, if you’re carrying a higher mortgage, it may be prudent to review mortgage and disability insurance coverage.
MCAP’s Mortgage Protection and Disability Insurance could provide you with the coverage you need, depending upon specific terms and conditions.
For more information on MCAP products or services, visit www.MCAP.com.