Tips & Advice

A Hassle-Free Move

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What is the number one rule for a hassle-free move? Being organized! Moving is one of the most stressful and anxiety-inducing events for Quebeckers. Arm yourself with lots of patience and follow these helpful tips to get through this important stage of life efficiently, smoothly and with Zen-like calm.


Notify several services of your new address in a single click!

The Portail du Service québécois de changement d’adresse (SQCA) lets you notify the following services of your change of address in one simple step:

  • Élections Québec
  • Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité Sociale
  • Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (including drug insurance)
  • Retraite Québec
  • Revenu Québec
  • Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec

This government website is safe and secure. Don’t hesitate to use it to save time!

Canada Post also offers the option of forwarding your mail to your new address for four or 12 months, for a fee.

However, to make sure you receive that postcard from your forgetful loved one, consider leaving a few self-addressed stamped envelopes with the person moving in.


Ask for help!

We sometimes hesitate to ask for help because we don’t want to be a bother or because we don’t realize how big the task will be. We recommend a participatory move. This way, the weight of the move won’t rest solely on your shoulders. Ask your loved ones for help! Your children, grandchildren and their friends will be happy to help and it will be a great opportunity to chat as you work or recall good memories.


Rely on the residence

If you’re moving into a residence, take advantage of all the resources at your disposal. Our advisors, who are true move-in experts, are here to help guide you.

If you’re moving into a newly built residence, you will likely be invited to attend a pre-move meeting before the big day.

Le Groupe Maurice supports future residents during their move. We suggest using the services of the residence’s preferred moving company (or not, it’s your choice!). A time slot will be reserved for you. We also provide a move-in checklist and a guide filled with information that will facilitate your move.


An environmentally-friendly move

Did you know that the average move takes about 60 boxes? That’s a lot! But you can still make environmentally-friendly choices during your move. 

Instead of cardboard, use plastic boxes you can rent or borrow. They pile easily and are more durable and water-resistant.

If you prefer cardboard boxes, fold them and put them in the recycling after you are done. Or pass them on to a friend who will be moving soon.

Instead of using bubble or foam wrap to protect your breakable items, wrap them in bath towels, sheets or items of clothing. You’ll be doing your part for the environment while also saving money!


It’s true that moving is stressful, but if you’re organized and follow these tips, you’ll have better control over the situation. And it will be so nice once you’re all settled in your new home!


What are your favourite moving tips?

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