Avoid leaving everything to the last minute unless you have to pack up and leave in a hurry. Chances are you have between 30 and 60 days to make a plan and to ensure that moving day runs smoothly. Creating a countdown list and itemizing everything you need to accomplish week by week can be very helpful.
When you have several boxes its is one thing, but when you get to the big, heavy items it is important to let your movers know what to expect. Communicate with your moving company and explain all of your expectations prior to booking. Your movers have to be aware of all the minor details in order to estimate your total moving time and cost, and also to have proper equipment available. That includes informing the company about any overweight items (i.e. a piano or fridge), access restrictions (small elevator, narrow driveway) and whether you’ll need help with disassembly or assembly of furniture.
Movng is a great chance to organize your belongings and get rid of items you no longer use. If the time of year permits, hold a yard sale. Or, take the time to sort and donate gently worn clothing to some foundations or put furniture up for sale on a site like kijiji.ca.
Moving day can generate a great deal of waste like cardboard, bubble wrap and newspaper. One of our moving tips for you would be: for items you’ll be storing even once you’ve moved in, opt for the reusable plastic bins you can purchase at stores like Home Depot. These can be labeled to go directly into closets until you’re ready to deal with the contents. You can avoid cardboard for the rest of your belongings, too, by renting plastic bins. You might also consider using older linens to wrap breakables.
You may still need a few cardboard boxes to round out your moving kit, which you can obtain from us, Personal Movers. But after the move don’t throw boxes out because you can still use them to keep things such as seasonal shoes in a garage or basement. When purchasing boxes do keep in mind that smaller ones are easier to carry when facing stairs and narrow pathways if you are moving into a house that is not so big and spacious.
Keeping inventory is especially necessary if you’re hiring a moving company. Having a record of your household items is useful if something goes missing. Consider keeping a spreadsheet of the contents of each box. Then assign each box a number and write that number on each side.
Label all sides of the box but avoid labeling the top. Whoever is carrying your boxes might not make sure all labels are facing one way for your easy retrieval. Try labeling each side in a marker, so you can easily find what you need in a stack. Also it is a good idea to label the room where belongs the box to make the worrk of the movers faster.
Moving into a condo isn’t as easy as pulling up to the front door and loading your boxes onto an elevator. Make sure to check the moving policy in your condo building before scheduling your moving day. For example, some condos don’t allow move-ins on Sunday. You may need to book a service elevator and a time frame for moving in day in advance.
You need to take your luggage with you, so why not use it as a box? The same goes for a dresser drawers. You may need to remove them for transportation, but if you don’t have too far to go, they can be helpful to carry light items. For delicate apparel that you don’t want to fold, using a portable wardrobe box is a good idea.
Keep one box of essentials aside that you will need on a moving day, such as: cleaning supplies, light bulbs, toilet paper, garbage bags, a change of clothes, your toiletry bag, etc.
Whether you have family helping with the move or professional movers showing up at your door, be ready for them when they arrive. With a moving company is very important to be fully repared before the crew arrives as that will minimize the total time of the move and the moving cost.
Find a safe place to store your valuables on moving day. Insure anything that’s valuable or breakable if you’re using a moving company. And if you’re moving a computer, do a quick backup of important files just in case something happens in transit.
If you’ve made some new purchases, such as a couch or dining room suite, schedule the delivery after the moving day. That will help you focus all of your attention on a moving day itself and will prevent any congestion between delivery people and the movers.
Try to avoid packing things in garbage bags. They could accidentally be throwen out on a moving day.
Make sure you understand how utility bills (gas, water, electricity) will be transferred over to you from a previous owner. Also, arrange to have your phone line, cable and Internet working if necessary.
If you have a pet that could be traumatized by a move arrange to have them stay somewhere during your moving day. If you’re hiring movers for a long-distance move, be sure to arrange your pet’s safe transportation to your new home.
Start off on the right foot by informing your immediate neighbours that you’ll be moving in and what kind of moving vehicles you’re using. If you’re moving on a weekday make sure your truck isn’t blocking anyone’s exit. If it’s winter time, clear your driveway of snow and ice. Make sure there’s plenty of room to park the moving truck. That’s essential on busy streets otherwise you could slow down your move therefore increasing your total moving cost.