Preparing to Relocate

Whether you are relocating to a new part of town or to a new city altogether, there is a lot to do!  As your Realtor I will be there for you throughout the home buying process and I also want you to feel supported and confident that you aren’t forgetting to do something important between purchasing and moving into your new home.  Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure your relocation goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Change your address

Be sure to personally contact all the organizations and people who need your new address well in advance of your move.  Often companies have the ability to post-date when your new address goes into effect so you don’t have to worry about it amidst the chaos of packing your belongings.  You should also consider using Canada Post’s Mail Forwarding Service for a few months (or up to one year) so you don’t miss any mail sent by contacts you might have overlooked. 

  • Activate/deactivate utilities and services

Sometimes companies need time to activate your service, so plan ahead and get in touch with all the applicable providers to ensure you have the basic necessities to get settled into your new home.  The same goes for the service providers at the home you are leaving – give them plenty of notice as to your move-out date so you aren’t billed for usage you aren’t responsible for!  Some critical providers to keep in mind are: Electricity, Natural Gas, Water, Phone/Cable/Internet, Sewer and Insurance.

  • Create a checklist

There is nothing worse than the feeling you’re forgetting something!  Avoid this unnecessary stress by creating a checklist and adding to it every time you think of something you need to do before, during or after your move.  You can do this on paper or electronically using your phone or computer – just make sure it will be easily accessible at all times.  There are plenty of resources online to help you cover the basic moving “to-dos”, but having your own list will make sure you aren’t scrambling to make sure no aspect of your relocation gets lost in the shuffle.

  • Plan what goes into your new rooms

When starting to pack, knowing where things will be going once you relocate to your new home is more important than where things were kept in your old home.  Organizing and labelling boxes and furniture by their desired location in your new place will make things easier for you and any movers helping you, whether you hire professionals or enlist the help of family and friends.  You will be so glad you planned ahead so you aren’t wading through mazes of boxes on moving day trying to figure out what goes where.

These are just a few tips that will make the relocation process more manageable.  There is so much to consider before you make the decision to relocate and I will go above and beyond to assist you during this exciting and challenging process.  Get in touch with me today and let’s discuss how I can help you with your future relocation!

Karen Borring-Olsen

Your Key to Real Estate Success in Kelowna