Tenant rights and responsibilities | tips for moving

Moving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life, and before you move it will be necessary to take care of everything relating to your current place of residence. There are some people who take care of their moving out and moving in affairs at the same time, but doing so can be quite costly. Although you will have more time to pack, paying two rents at once can cost quite a bit.

If you are planning to move at the end of the month, you will have a lot of work to do and it will be necessary to do some planning. You will most likely want to hire a moving company, perhaps rent a van, and take care of phone and cable installation at your new place. All of these things should be arranged in advance to avoid any schedule conflicts. When you are arranging installation of these services at your new home, you will have to arrange for the ones at your current residence to be disconnected at the appropriate time. This way you will not be responsible for any long distance calls or anything else placed after you leave.

By being organized you will be able to make the transition of moving to a new place go a lot smoother. Make sure to use planning checklist in the Three Weeks to Moving Day section when you are preparing for your move.

When you are getting ready to move, you might want to use a small notebook to write down certain things that will help you with managing the move. Make sure to number each of the boxes that you are packing up and keep track of them all in your notebook. You can also use loose sheets of paper when planning your move, but make sure to keep them organized in a folder with all of your other moving-related documents.

DID YOU KNOW: Changing your plates

If you are going to be moving to a completely different province or territory and own a vehicle that you are taking with you, it will be necessary to get new license plates for that particular area. In order to get new places, however, your vehicle must first pass a thorough safety inspection. You will find that the length of time you must live in a certain area to get your license plates changed varies depending on the province or territory, so it is important to do the research. Contact your local motor vehicle authority to get more information on what is required and how you will be affected.

You can find information on how to choose reliable and professional movers at http://www.consumer.ic.gc.ca/moving

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