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How to Move? Part 3

The project continues…

Loading your things in a truck and having them shipped to your new address is just the second step. Once you and your things arrive, the work set out for you is actually just beginning and it’s just as important to stay calm and organized.


Use this checklist to help you on your next tasks.

Points to consider AFTER you relocate:

1. Track your expenses

Organization is your best friend. Keep all paperwork as the receipts may be tax deductible. It’s also valuable to keep records should any problems arise.

2. Check your inventory list

With your list in hand, make sure that all of your boxes have arrived.

3. Unpack systematically

Start with the essentials first. Trinkets and decorative belongings can be opened at a later time. Open first the things that are necessary for “basic survival”.

4. Check for damages

Check if there are any damages. If there is significant damage on your furniture or electronics, you can try claiming from the insurance. Act as quickly as possible.

5. Reassemble your furniture

This will take time, so start only with the essentials and save the others for when you have sufficient time.

6.Set up your major appliances

Major appliances should be unpacked and ready for use. If there are no damages, hook them up so you can use them right away.

7. Settle your other responsibilities

If everything is correct and in order, settle any pending payments with the moving company. If you think that you got exceptional service, reward them with tips and thank them for their good service. If you have any suggestions, make helpful comments about their procedures. They will appreciate the thought if you say this nicely.

8. Familiarize yourself with the neighbourhood

After your basic survival has been taken care of, it’s time to walk around for a bit. Find the nearest convenience store, pharmacy and police station. Know your surroundings and smile at your new neighbours.

9. New address duties

Check if all your policy and subscription changes have been taken care of. Make sure that mail sent to your old address is forwarded to your new one.

10. Government and civic concerns

Consider renewing your driver’s license if you plan on being a permanent resident of your new home. You may also want to register so you can vote there.

Check all of your lists and see if you or the movers have forgotten everything. If everything seems okay, breathe deeply and give yourself a pat on the back. You’re up for a new chapter in your life and it’s time to meet it head on. Good luck!

PS: Make sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 of the How to Move series.

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Ariane S

Expert Moving Advisor

Ariane is a proficient moving advisor. She has experience in corporate, individual and special relocations, and is well-versed in coordinating moves, packing tips and shipment estimations.
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