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3 Moving Tips That Can Save You A Lot Of Hassle

February 27th, 2014  |  Insurance

Moving is an exciting time in your life. It is the start of something new – a new residence, your first home, and it could even mean a new city. Moving can also be very time consuming and stressful. This is why it is so important to get yourself organized well in advance of moving day. Moving day is stressful enough in itself, and leaving things until the last minute and not properly preparing for your move will only make things worse. 

While most posts about moving focus on standard tips such as making sure you book a truck well in advance or packing your valuables properly, we wanted to take a little bit of a different approach and focus on safety. 

There are many overlooked safety related topics that you need to be conscious of when moving. Three of the most important are outlined here: 

1. Moving in? Time to change the locks 

One of the first things that you should do when you take possession of a new home is change the locks. You never know who could have a spare key or access to your home. It is also important to change all security passwords to make sure your new residence is safe and secure. 

2. Watch out for moving truck scams 

Who you trust to move your belongings is an increasingly important issue in Ontario, to the point where CBC Marketplace conducted an investigation about shady moving companies. From things like hidden fees, bills that exceed your quote by hundreds of dollars, damaged belongings and even companies threatening to keep your stuff if you don’t pay a premium price are tactics that are being used by movers. Basically, if it seems too good to be true, it likely is. Don’t always go for the best deal. Look into the moving companies in your area and choose a company that is well established and has a good reputation, even if you have to spend a few extra bucks. 

3. Know your obligations when moving out 

Whether you are moving out from a rental or selling your home, it is important that you fully understand your obligations and know what is in writing. Understand what you are required to do as part of the move out process and don’t leave anything to chance or you could be faced with a hassle and potentially a lawsuit. 

Moving soon? What tips can you offer others in Ontario who are also planning their move? 

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