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Moving to Kitchener-Waterloo? Resources To Help (Part 1)

Moving to Kitchener or Waterloo? We Can Help!

Moving to Kitchener or Waterloo? We Can Help!

 

Moving is never an easy task, but if you’re moving to Kitchener-Waterloo the area is exceptional when it comes to options once you’re here. With a number of great single family homes, condos, and apartments, you’re going to find the perfect place to live in the area, and we’d love to help. As you work to get settled in, you may want to use some or many of these area resources. This is the first part of a list of 50 that may help you make this area your home. Stay with us for part 2.

Moving and Storage Companies To Contact

Before you can even begin to think about anything else, you’re going to have to focus on getting your belongings and furniture here, or at the very minimum  moving it from one location to another in the area. Fortunately, there are a number of moving companies here that can help you do just that.

  1. Public Storage Kitchener – Public Storage Canada offers the widest range of unit sizes. Storage for small stuff. Storage for large stuff. Storage for everything in between! To help you figure out the size of storage unit you would require, this storage company even has a handy dandy storage calculator.
  2. Atlas Van Lines – A choice with the power of a long standing brand name behind it, this is the way to move, especially if you’re coming in from across the country. With 150 offices throughout Canada, Atlas Van Lines will get you and your belongings here in one piece, with peace of mind to spare.
  3. United Van Lines – Easily as powerful as the Atlas name, there are 200 locations throughout Canada here to make your move as smooth as possible.
  4. Westmount Moving – A local company, this group has been working in the area for more than 75 years. They’re the local Van Lines agent, and their level of experience means an outstanding move.
  5. Baird Moving – Located in Kitchener-Waterloo, this is another local United Van Lines agent, so whether you work with them or the bigger brand, you know you’re going to have an excellent experience.
  6. Elite Moving Services – If you’re looking for something a bit more local, you can’t do better than this team. Perfect for shorter distance moves or those over the long haul, they’re ready to help ensure you get into your new home safely.

Getting Around

Once you’re here, getting from place to place is fairly easy. Whether you rely on public transit, you prefer to walk or bike to work or you’ll be driving, this is an easy place to navigate.

  1. Grand River Transit: This is the public transportation system throughout Kitchener-Waterloo, and they provide daily bus service throughout the area. They also offer specialized transit for those with disabilities.
  2. BikeKitchener: Many cities are working to make it safer to bike, and the Kitchener-Waterloo area is no exception. This organization not only provides maps and routes of local bike trails, but also a festival dedicated to biking and more.

Changing Your Address

When you’ve moved here, you’ll certainly want to update your address and it’s easier than you think to do so.

  1. Canada Post: You can either visit your local post office or simply visit their online portal to officially change your address in Canada. Keep in mind, though, that this will only change your address with the postal service. It won’t do so with the ministry responsible for health or the Employment Insurance Program, so you’ll need to take care of all of that after you move.

Utilities

Ensuring you have power, heat, and water after you move is a must, so contacting the responsible companies for all of those before you move is essential. In most cases, a notification of at least 5 days prior to your move-in date is required.

  1. Kitchener Utilities: If you’re looking for natural gas hookups or water service for Kitchener, this is the group to contact. A deposit is typically required for new accounts.
  2. Kitchener Wilmot Hydro: More than 90,000 homes across the area are served by Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro, and to ensure you have the power you need. You will need to complete their new account application package.
  3. Union Gas: If you are moving to Waterloo, this is the natural gas company you will need to contact. You have to notify them at least three days before your moving day, and there is a connection fee of $35 on your first bill.
  4. Information Gateway Services: If you’re looking for an internet service provider, this is a good, localized solution to meet your needs.
  5. Netflash Internet Solutions: Many of the plans available through NetFlash for internet service include unlimited data, which can be a huge plus for those who work from home.
  6. Bell: Offering TV, home phone, internet, and bundles that encompass all of them, this is great provider. Depending on where you’re moving from, you may already even have an account with them.
  7. Rogers: Like Bell, you can get a number of bundles here that encompass your mobile phone, TV, home phone, and internet. They also offer concierge moving services to help make certain all of your needs are met.

Healthcare Options

Taking care of yourself is important, and the area offers plenty of access to the best doctors, dentists, and healthcare professionals to make certain that your health is in good hands.

  1. Ambulance Services: If you require emergency transportation to one of the area hospitals, contact 9-1-1 services immediately to be attended to by professional right away. To learn more about whether to call EMS, click on the link above.
  2. Saint Mary’s General Hospital: One of the best facilities in the province, St. Mary’s has 2000 staff, physicians, and volunteers who treat thousands of patients every year.
  3. Grand River Hospital: The Waterloo region’s largest hospital, Grand River offers 14 different clinical programs and services to help take care of you when you need it most.
  4. We Care Home Health Services: Should you need in home services, this is one great option. With a variety of services, and some of the best trained professionals in the area, this group should certainly be high on your list.

There are a number of other hospitals and services located outside of Kitchener-Waterloo that also provide services to those who live here including Cambridge Memorial Hospital, McMaster Children’s Hospital, London Health Science Centre and Hamilton Health Sciences.

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Mark