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Preparing for your Cross-Country Move

When it’s time to pack up and move cross-country, it can be an extremely overwhelming and taxing process both emotionally and physically. Being prepared can help alleviate any stress and anxiety you may experience and help you to keep on track. Here we give you some easy to follow tips to help you better prepare for your move.

Hire a Professional to Help

Leave it to the moving pros when it comes to packing and relocating. Professional moving services will help to make your move a whole lot easier by packing and wrapping your belongings for you, should you wish to include this service. This will help you save time and allow you to focus your efforts on other things. Plus, you’ll gain some peace of mind knowing your belongings will be wrapped and shipped correctly.

Professional moving companies also use their own trucks and gas. You don’t have to worry about the risk of driving your own vehicle or a large vehicle that you are not familiar with. You also can avoid the surprise of hidden costs, such as insurance, mileage, and gas. With a moving company, the costs are presented up front so you know exactly what you’ll be paying for in advance.

Change Your Contact Details

When moving, you are required to change your contact details with all sorts of different sources. If you can start making a list and arranging in advance, it will help ensure you don’t forget to do this after the hectic move. Here is a list of sources to reach out to:

  • Bank
  • Government
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Insurance Company
  • MSP BC (Care Card)
  • Ministry of Transportation
  • Current Employer and Future Employer
  • Friends & Family

Contact Service Providers

Don’t get stuck paying for services you are no longer using. Contact all the service providers that you use and set a cancellation or change over date in advance. This ensures you’re not charged for time you’re not using, especially since many companies have 30-day cancellation periods. If you are unable to change over the accounts, start researching ahead of time to find new and adequate providers. Plus, you can even arrange for the services to kick in the day you move in. Plan to contact the following:

  • Utilities
  • Internet Provider
  • Cable Company
  • Magazine and Newspaper Subscriptions
  • Cell Phone Provider

Cancel Appointments

Don’t forget to cancel any future appointments or meetings that you had arranged. Many doctors, dentists, and specialists charge no-show fees when you miss appointments.

Scan Important Documents

It is very easy to lose important documents during a move. Scanning and saving your documents to an email or a virtual cloud account will guarantee that the documents are available anytime you need them. These can include Driver’s Licence, Insurance, Moving Company Agreement, Reservations, and so forth.

Being prepared in advance can help save you time and money. Packing your whole life up and moving doesn’t have to be stressful if you take the time to plan ahead.