PLANNING A MOVE? HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL TIPS

Wednesday Oct 02nd, 2019

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Tips on Preparing for a Move-

 

Moving can be intimidating, so make sure find a good Real Estate Agent in your area to discuss your moving plans with. (It does not cost you anything to ask a Real Estate agent to help you find a location for rent or to purchase). They are also typically eager to help you because they want you to refer them to friends.

 

You should prepare a check list so you can be ready for the move. Here are some tips:

 

1. A few months before the move have a pad of paper dedicated to the move, to keep notes on as you think of them. (You could place it on the fridge or on your desk)

 

2. Calculate moving costs and make sure you have the funds available. Costs would include:

-A Moving Company or a moving truck (determine who is going to pack as well-some moving companies will pack for you if you have the funds). There are web sites that will allow you to shop for competitive rates among movers. Check 3 or 4 moving companies or truck rental companies for pricing. Moving and truck rental companies will also help you decide what size of truck you are going to need whether or not you are going to use their service.

-Airfare, Car Rental, Hotel and Meals during the moving period.

-Storage (if needed) for the period between moving in and moving out.

-Painting, repairs, or remodelling in the new location and approximate costs. (the paint department at your local hardware store can give you approximate costs per room for paint, if you give them the measurements)

-Any new furniture or items needed for the new location. (It would be a good idea to

take some measurements and make a floor plan of how you want each room to look and where the main furniture will go.)

 

3. Determine if you need to set up storage for the time between when you leave your old property until the time you move into the new one. Or if you need to have a garage sale or donate to charity any items you cannot take with you.

 

4. Have someone designated to watch children or pets if needed.

 

5. Have cleaning supplies or a Cleaning Company to help with the move-in/move-out.

 

6. Determine what packing materials such as boxes, tape, covers and blankets for furniture are needed (moving companies will help you with this if you ask).

 

7. Rent of borrow a dolly, if needed.

 

8. Change your address for mail and for your drivers licence.

 

9. Set up utilities, internet, cable for your new location and cancel them for the old ones.

 

10. Line up the help you are going to need for the move with family and friends.

 

11. Eliminate food supplies on hand so you don't have extra food weight for the move, especially perishable foods.

 

12.. Make sure you have extra food and water set aside for the move.

 

13. Pack an essentials kit with clothing and supplies for the first few nights, such as toilette paper, snacks, coffee, Pj's, pet food, a small knife, scissors, soap, towels and a shower curtain.

 

14. Set aside a small tool kit for setting up beds and furniture when you arrive at your destination.

 

15. Once you have established your new location take some time to look around to envision what you are going to need. Will you need some new furniture? Picture each room how you would like it to look.

 

16. Start packing as early as you can. Designate an area to put boxes in. Pack items you know will not be used until after the move. Just a few boxes a day will add up.

 

17. Label the boxes with a colour code or print the name of the room where it will go with large black markers on the side and top of the box for each room. Try to get boxes that are similar in size to help minimize wasted space on the moving truck. Also print what is in each box so you can find items that are needed quickly.

 

18. If you are packing the moving truck put the big items like beds and dressers in first along the sides of the truck and stand them up. Have two people designated to pack the truck. Put drop sheets on the floor to protect mattresses. Put pictures, glass and mirrors between beds. Then stuff boxes and small items in-between the spaces and on top, moving from the front to the back. (Tie off any big items as you go).

 

19. When the moving truck arrives have a designated person (usually the woman of the house) stand at the door that is going to be used for entering the property to direct the movers to what room each item goes into and where to put it. (Prepare signs beforehand to put outside of each bedroom and office so the movers can easily determine which room you are talking about. Also put signs on the wall or on the floor indicating where boxes and large pieces of furniture go in each room.

 

20. Have some old carpeting, drop sheets or floor mats on hand to protect floors.

21. Certain condos and apartments have restrictions on times you can move and as well have policies where you need to reserve elevators for moving. You need to contact their management offoce to ask what their policies regarding moving are.

 

22. Most condos and rental units have policies in place for contents insurance and/or liability insurance. Make sure you contact the management to see what their policy is and transfer any insurance you have on your present location to your new location.

 

23. It is illegal to transport many flammable materials such as aerosol cans, certain cleaning fluids, ammunition, propane tanks, paint thinner, and oil based paints. Make sure you have a plan in place to dispose of them. Many cities have a depot where you can bring them. Also make sure you drain any equipment that uses flammable fuel such as lawn movers and weed eaters.

 

24. Make sure you have arrangements to leave a set of keys for the new occupants of the property you are leaving and to have a set of keys available to you when you arrive at your new locations. (lock boxes are great for this)

 

25. It you are entering a new country or moving long distance try to arrange to have a bank account opened before you arrive. It would be a good idea to arrange to order checks before you move so you can pay any rent or utility needs and have extra cash on hand for any unforeseen needs when you arrive at your new location. Travellers checks my also be a good idea.

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