You’ve found that perfect home, put in an offer, and now… it’s yours! You’re excited to enjoy your new abode, but first… you have to move. Moving days are often dreaded, sometimes stressful experiences, but there are ways to make the big day go a little more seamlessly. Just follow our 9 Tips for an Easy Move.
A logical place to begin: how to get from A to B. You’ll have to decide if you can manage the move with the help of friends or if you want to hire a professional mover. If you opt for a pro, shop around. Check with the Better Business Bureau to find out which movers in your area are registered. It’s a good idea to get a few estimates from different companies. Also, inquire about any potential surcharges for moving heavy items, for example. And, don’t forget to get the right supplies for the job. Purchase boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, scissors, blankets, permanent markers, and anything else you’ll need for the move.
If you’re moving into a condo, you may be required to book an elevator for your move. Some condo buildings have separate moving/service elevators, while others may reserve one of the resident’s elevators specifically for your move. If necessary, book the elevator at your new building with the property manager as early as possible. This is particularly important if you’re moving at the beginning or end of the month when most people move. Some condos may ask you for a security deposit for use of the elevator.
Start by packing items that you do not use regularly. It’s a good idea to pack according to room or area. For example, pack everything in the front closet in one box rather than putting jackets in the “clothes” box and cleaning supplies in another. Label every box accordingly. Consider labelling all sides of the box, so you’ll be able to find the box you need in a pile. Number every box and keep a running list of their contents. On moving day, you can use this list to make sure everything is accounted for.
Save money and the environment by limiting the number of cardboard boxes you use. You probably have to move your luggage, so why not pack it? Dresser drawers that are removed for transport can be great “boxes” for smaller, lighter items.
Moving is a great time to purge items that you no longer want or use. Not only will you not have to go through the trouble of moving it, you’ll also be cutting down on any clutter in your home. Consider holding a garage sale, giving it to friends or charity, or selling it online. The rest may be destined for the garbage.
Contact your utility providers, including those for telephone, electric, gas, cable, and water, to inform them that you’re moving. You’ll also want to change your address at the post office, for any other bills you receive, at your dentist and doctor’s offices, and for periodicals, like newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
Use one as an “open first” box, with anything you may need immediately. Pack it with cleaning supplies, light bulbs, toilet paper, garbage bags, tools, towels, linens, any toiletries and medications you may need, and a change of clothes. It’s also a good idea to have a first aid kit in this box.
Use the other box for valuable items, like passports and jewellery, and make sure it’s with you during the move. You may also want to bring cold drinks and snacks with you for yourself and your movers.
Plan where you want furniture and other items using the floor plan, or your own notes, before you arrive on moving day. This will help you keep your movers organized as you can direct them as to what box or piece of furniture goes where. Having a plan will also alleviate some of the unpacking stress.
If you can, make any improvements necessary to your new home before you move in. If you plan on painting or replacing the flooring, doing it prior to moving day can make your transition easier and your condo ready to enjoy right away!