Making the decision to move into a retirement home is an important one – it is quite normal to have some concerns. Our Quality of living agents are there to help you relax and make your move a positive experience.
How to Plan your Move
You might be tempted to delay the planning of your move to the last minute – but it has been proven that planning this event in advance can make your moving experience a lot less stressful. You will find below a few simple tips to enjoy a smooth, positive moving experience:
- Moving truck and movers
As soon as you know the date you will be moving into the home, start shopping for your moving services or renting a truck. This will enable you to better evaluate the time and costs associated with the move. If you decide to carry out your move by yourself, call your family and friends to make sure that they will be available to help you.
- Cleaning up your house, choosing your furniture and personal effects
It’s never too early to start cleaning up your house from various objects that haven’t been used in years. In fact, since sorting between objects to give away and objects to keep can take some time, you could start doing this process even before you start thinking about moving. There are many goodwill organizations that will be happy to take your clothes and items in good condition for recuperation and recycling. We recommend visiting your future apartment, if possible, to know exactly which belongings you will be able to bring with you. This will allow you to better determine your needs and make informed choices while sorting through your belongings. When you come across objects that are rarely used or that you won’t need for a certain period of time, take the time to place them in a box, properly wrapped, and write down the contents on the box. This will prevent any unnecessary searching in the future.
Gather your packing materials: a good quantity of boxes (choose smaller boxes that will be less heavy to carry), packing tape, labels and paper (newspapers) to wrap fragile objects. Ask your family to help you with this process.
- Changing your address
Two weeks before the move, give your new address to your family and friends, and make your change of address with the following services: your bank, credit card provider, phone/cable/internet service provider, doctor, dentist, any newspapers or magazines that you subscribe to.
The Quebec Government offers the Service québécois de changement d’adresse, a service that will allow you to notify six provincial government agencies of your address change in a single step. To do so, you can call them at (514) 644-4545, 1-877-644-4545 or click here to access their website. Thanks to this service, you will be able to notify the following organizations in a single step:
- Régie des rentes du Québec
- Société de l’assurance automobile
- Revenu Québec
- Directeur general des elections du Québec
- Régie de l’assurance maladie
- Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale
It should be noted that this address change notification service is only offered by the Quebec government. Canadian governmental services must be notified separately – so don’t forget to make your address change with the following agencies:
- Canada Revenue Agency
- Old Age Security
- Canada Pension Plan
Canada Post also provides a service to help you avoid losing your bills or other mail after your move. For approximately $40, Canada Post will redirect your mail and your family’s mail (a maximum of 4 individuals can register) to your new address, for a period of six months. Should you wish to use this service, you should notify Canada Post 7 days in advance. Simply fill the address change notification form, which is available in all postal offices. You may also use their electronic form online, under the Change my address tab – the direct link is included here. This service is very useful if you forget to notify certain companies or services; you will get a note for every letter sent to your old address, so you will know which address changes you forgot to make.
Keep in mind that it is never too early to plan a move, and that it’s a lot wiser to plan in advance in order to better enjoy your new home and its activities once you move in. The L'Alto team wishes you a great move and welcomes you in your new home!