MONTREAL, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Becoming a homeowner, building your
nest... So many people dream about it. Since we were little kids, we have been
drawing it, modifying it, changing the colour, adding a chimney, two
windows... We could already imagine our future house! Made of carton boxes, in
a tree, in the snow or under a tent, we were building a home, a shelter, a
refuge for ourselves and for people we love. Years later - here it is! We
found it, that perfect house of our dreams. And for all those who have decided
to take the big step, Laurentian Bank of Canada is happy to offer a few useful
tips and advice to make their move easier and trouble-free!
So often, when moving up into a house, people tend to buy new things. It
is important to start by the essentials and to draw up and adhere to a budget.
If you do have to invest in new things, we suggest that you buy any large
pieces (household appliances, bed, etc.) before you move and have them
delivered directly to the new address. And before you decide to fully
redecorate your new home, think it through. It may be wiser to wait a little,
first live in the new place for some time to avoid having to redo it all a few
months down the road because you realize that it is not what you need after
Simplify the logistics
Planning your move ahead of time will take a lot of stress off your
shoulders and will save you some unpleasant surprises. First, decide whether
you will move your belongings yourself or will hire a professional. Whichever
method you choose, start in advance by renting a van for the day of the move.
After that, go through all your things and decide what can be discarded to
avoid moving stuff you don't want. Sort the things you are ready to give up
into three categories: to recycle, to sell and to give away. Many charities
accept old furniture, computers, clothes, tableware, etc. Some of them will
even pick them up at your place! Third, arrange for the change of address in
advance or use the service offered by Canada Post at www.smartmoves.ca or by
the Quebec Government at www.adresse.info.gouv.qc.ca/en/. Canada Revenue
Agency offers this service at the federal level at www.cra-arc.gc.ca.
On the big day
Do you have children? For them, a move can be an adventure that they can
be a part of. Tell them why you move and describe the many advantages of the
new place. Take them to see the new house. And don't forget the neighbourhood
park and the new school! They will feel reassured and excited at the idea.
Involve your preschoolers by asking them to pack their toys, give your older
kids a list of things to do before the move and explain their responsibilities
on the move day. When packing their toys and belongings in boxes, help your
children sort through the things they don't want anymore, deciding what can be
recycled or handed over to the less fortunate. Wait until the last moment to
pack their most cherished items. Also, help them prepare their bag for the
move day and the first night at the new place.
But you don't have to have your kids around on the day you move! You can
arrange for a fun activity for them during the day and a sleepover at your
relative's or friend's place. Kids love that! They can participate in setting
up the new place. Above all, keep your smile and stay positive! Your children
don't need to feel your anxiety and stress!
Moving can be stressful on your family pets too and thus require a
certain degree of preparation. Give your beloved pet time, don't change its
habits. If you know someone trustworthy to leave your pet with during the day
you move, do so. Drape the bird or small animal cage with a cover during the
transport - it will help them stay calm. Transporting fish tanks, especially
larger ones, involves certain risks. We encourage you to consult a pet shop
Laurentian Bank is there to support new homeowners at every important
step of their life and hopes that these words of advice will help make their
move a stress-free experience.
About Laurentian Bank
Laurentian Bank of Canada is a Quebec banking institution that operates
across Canada and is dedicated to meeting its clients' financial needs through
excellence in service, as well as through its simplicity and proximity. The
Bank serves individual consumers and small and medium-sized businesses, as
well as financial advisors through B2B Trust. It also provides full-service
brokerage solutions through its Laurentian Bank Securities subsidiary.
Laurentian Bank is well established in the Province of Quebec, operating the
third largest retail branch network and is also a performing player in
specific market segments elsewhere in the country. Laurentian Bank of Canada
has over $17 billion in balance sheet assets and $15 billion in assets under
administration. Founded in 1846, the Bank employs more than 3,300 people. Its
common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: LB). For more
information, please visit www.laurentianbank.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Manon Stébenne, Senior Manager, Media and
Public Relations, Laurentian Bank of Canada, (514) 284-4500, ext. 8232