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5 Things to Prepare Before Your First Move

5 Things to Prepare Before Your First Move

From ordering packing supplies to checking room measurements to closing your accounts – there’s a lot to get ready for a move. Do you have everything included on your To-Do checklist? Find out here. We’ve put together a list of the most overlooked things that you should remember to prepare before your first move.

Parking Permits

Some cities and municipalities require that you get a parking permit for the moving trucks. Otherwise you might get a ticket or have to park the truck down the street or in a nearby lot. Researching and checking what permits you need may seem like a bother, but it’s entirely worth it once the time comes.

Notify Important Parties / Set-Up Services

Don’t forget to contact your utility company, phone company, bank, government offices, and subscription services to notify them about your move. For services like your hydro and internet, you might be able to transfer these if you’re moving within the same area or province. But in some cases, you’ll need to cancel your account and set up new ones with the providers in your new location. This is especially true if you have an email account that is part of a telephone and home phones provider like Cogeco or Rogers. They don’t operate in all areas, so you could lose all your emails if you move and they cancel your account.

Garbage Collection / Junk Removal Services

If you’ve lived in your home for decades or if you’re downsizing, there will likely be items that you’ll have to leave behind for garbage removal. Check your city’s calendar for the collection dates for oversized and metallic items. This will help eliminate the need to take them to a depot yourself. If you have a lot to get rid of, it’s best to arrange for a bulk garbage pickup or hire a junk removal service who will come and haul out your large household items.

School Registration

If you have kids, you’ll also need to remember to register them in their new school. You may have to go to your children’s current school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new one.

The Movers

This might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised to learn how many people put this step off until the last minute. Moving companies often book up months in advance, especially during the busiest times of the year – spring and summer. If you don’t want to be left moving all your belongings yourself, it’s important to arrange for a moving company as soon as you know your closing date.

There’s a lot to do and remember before your move. Fortunately, when you hire a team like ours, we’ll help you keep organized. At First Rate Movers, we go the extra mile to ensure your move goes smoothly from beginning to end. Contact us today to learn more about our services and rates.

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