There’s a lot to think about when you’re changing homes. We help by making sure you have the coverage you need. A Co‑operators Home insurance policy covers your insured location and personal property while you’re in transit. It’s good for 30 days or until the policy expires, whichever comes first.
Before you go
Here are some helpful hints to ensure a smooth transition:
- Start planning early. Visit Canada Post online for a detailed, six-week moving plan.
- If you need to store your items, contact us first. Depending on your policy type, your items may or may not be covered while in storage.
- Call us once you confirm the sale of the home so we can let you know what coverage you need. This would also be a great time to check your insurance needs on the new home.
- If you decide to use professional movers, make sure they have insurance, as a Co-operators Home policy does not cover marring, scratching, abrasions or chipping. You can also research them first at Industry Canada’s website.
- If you are leaving a rental unit, take photos of each room so you have proof of the condition you left them in.
- Lighten your load. Have a garage sale or donate items such as appliances and furniture to your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Pack like a pro
- Take the opportunity to create a home inventory of your personal items and take photos. An accurate inventory makes the claims process much easier if you run into problems during your move, or even after.
- Sturdy, reusable plastic bins are a sustainable choice that also keep your household items organized and easy to stack.
- Pack the items you will need quick access to in clear bins, such as tools and cleaning products. Also pack an overnight bag so you have easy access to your personal essentials for the next day.
- Label your bins with the room the items go in and if the items inside are fragile.
- Create a list of all the bins so you don’t have to wonder if you’re missing one.
- When dismantling furniture, keep the nuts and bolts for each item in plastic baggies and label them clearly.
- Take pictures of the backs of electronics to quickly reference how to put everything back together again.
- Don’t pack valuables or important paperwork. Keep these close to you.
- Keep food, toys and other items for your pets handy. Make sure your pets are calm and comfortable.
- If you are doing your own lifting, be safe. Use moving equipment such as dollies. Lift things carefully, stay hydrated, and take frequent stretch breaks.
Moving is a big project no matter how far you go, but we’re here to help. Connect with us today to talk about all your home insurance needs.