TIPS FOR AN EASIER MOVE

You are probably among the thousands of people who have picked up and moved to a new home at some point in your life. If this is your first move, expect a very exciting and time consuming process ahead. These tips are designed to help you avoid some common moving mistakes to ensure your move is hassle free.

1. Start smart, plan your move!

Planning your move helps everything to run smoothly. That means writing  everything down! You’ll appreciate it later. Don’t pack a single box before you  create a simple record keeping system. For some this might seem a bit  excessive, but it is recommended you create a list of numbers with a space to  write the contents of each box. You’ll place a number on EVERY box you pack  and list the contents on your list. Because life can be chaotic during a move, be  sure to designate a place in your home called “Packing Central”. This is where  you’ll place and store your moving materials like labels, marking pens, boxes,  box tape and other supplies.  

2. Stock up on supplies.

You’ll need LOTS of boxes–probably more boxes than you think, and having  enough boxes will make your life easier! (If you buy your boxes from a moving  company, you can always return unused boxes for a refund.) Set aside 10 or so  boxes to pack up last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing and  toiletries. You’ll also need strong plastic packing tape to secure boxes. Use  packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and cushion household goods. Again,  you’ll need more supplies than you think, so get extra.

3. Color-coordinate your move.

Designate a color for each room in your new home. As an example, select yellow  for the kitchen, orange for your dining room, etc. Then apply color-coded stickers  on each box near the box number. In your new home, place a matching sticker  on the door to each room. This way the movers will know where to put everything  once they arrive at the new home.  

4. Pack ahead.

Anything you can pack well ahead of time will save you time in the later stages of  your move. Leaving only your bare essentials, box up as much as you can. For  most, the closer to moving day, the more hectic life becomes. For example, if  you’re moving in the summer, get your winter clothes out of the way. Try to get as much packed ahead of time as possible. Moving day will arrive sooner than  you think!  

5. Use your luggage.

Put your luggage to good use by filling each piece of luggage and all duffle bags  with clothing, sheets, towels, and paper goods. These are the items you will  usually want to access as soon as you arrive in your new home.

6. Protect your valuables and fragile items.

It’s a good idea to keep valuable possessions, such as silverware, heirlooms, or  antiques, with you. If you have a cross-country move and no room in your car,  you might consider packing these items in a box titled “kitchen pantry”. Just be  sure to take care of fragile items. Oftentimes movers can be careless, and  moving companies likely won’t reimburse you the full value of your damaged  items. Also, check your homeowner’s insurance policy to see how you are  covered during the move. You may need to purchase additional insurance from  the mover. Also, find out what paperwork (receipts, appraisals, and photos) you  might need to file a claim in case of loss.  

7. Safeguard important documents.

Your list of “important” documents might include: school records, medical  records, birth certificates, passports, recent bank records and other personal  information. Ensure movers do not have access to your personal files to make  sure your security is protected. Either lock them up or bring them with you in your  vehicle. Keep mover information close at hand like the company telephone  number and drivers’ cell phone numbers in case you encounter a problem.

8. Take your phone book with you.

You never know who you might need to call from your old home, so be sure to  take along an old phone directory just in case you need to call some one from  your former residence.  Above all, your moving experience should be a pleasant one. Try to enjoy the  experience and good luck in your new home! 

Planning your move helps everything to run smoothly. That means writing  everything down! You’ll appreciate it later. Don’t pack a single box before you  create a simple record keeping system. For some this might seem a bit  excessive, but it is recommended you create a list of numbers with a space to  write the contents of each box. You’ll place a number on EVERY box you pack  and list the contents on your list. Because life can be chaotic during a move, be  sure to designate a place in your home called “Packing Central”. This is where  you’ll place and store your moving materials like labels, marking pens, boxes,  box tape and other supplies.  

Source: OREA (Ontario Real Estate Association) www.howrealtorshelp.ca

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