Real Estate Law

Buying/Selling House and Condo

Before Buying a Condo

Moving Tips

Moving takes a lot of planning. Here are some tips to help ensure you have a smooth move.

1-2 months before your move

  • Fill in a change of address order form from the post office.
  • Make arrangements with a moving company or reserve a rental truck.
  • Make travel arrangements, if necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental agencies and hotels.
  • Obtain medical and dental records, x-rays and prescription histories.Ask your doctor and dentist for referrals, and transfer prescriptions.
  • Take inventory of your belongings before everything is packed, in the event you need to file an insurance claim later. If possible, take pictures or videotape your belongings. Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.
  • Make arrangements for transporting your pets.
  • Start using up food, so you have less to pack and there’s less chance of food spoiling.

1-2 weeks before your move

  • Switch utility services to your new address. Inform electric, disposal, water, telephone and cable companies of your move.
  • Ensure your utilities accounts are closed and, if required, your new accounts are set up.
  • Update newspaper or magazine subscriptions.
  • Arrange for help on moving day.
  • Confirm travel reservations.
  • Reserve an elevator if moving to or from an apartment.
  • Have appliances serviced for moving.
  • Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving.
  • Plan ahead for special needs of infants.
  • Collect valuables from your safety-deposit box. Make copies of anyimportant documents before mailing or hand carry them to your new address.
  • Check with your insurance agent to ensure you’ll be covered through your homeowner or renter’s policy during the move.
  • Defrost your freezer and refrigerator. Place a deodorizer inside to control odours.

On Moving Day

  • Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to ensure everything is empty.
  • Carry important documents, currency and jewelry with you, or use registered mail.
  • Carry traveler checks for quick, available funds.

Arriving At Your New Home

  • Renew your driver’s license, auto registration and tags.
  • Shop around for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage.
  • Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home.