Moving into a new home is daunting even for the most experienced individuals. Home is where the heart is and first-time movers know that keeping track of your cherished belongings is important. Getting from Point A to Point B can be made easier with these easy tricks for preparation and moving day.
About a month before the big move, do a tour of your home. This includes the attic, garage, and other storage areas. Consider what of your belongings you don’t use or won’t need in your new home. Separate or list what can be sold and what can be donated to charity. Give yourself enough time to have these items out of the house well before you start packing for the move. This will help with general cleaning and getting an accurate estimate of moving costs.
Using a moving company means having access to a crew and a fully serviced van to transport your belongings. However, many first-time movers choose to take certain items with them in their personal vehicle: jewelry, valuables, medication, pets, etc. Make sure to have your car fully checked and serviced before moving day to ensure a safe and reliable move.
Make a meal plan to ensure you use up all perishables as well as heavy, cumbersome frozen foods. Cans and packaged foods can take up unnecessary space in the moving van. Consider keeping some snacks for the road, or for your personal packing team. Be sure to properly clean your fridge and freezer 24-48 hours before you move out to give them time to dry.
Draw up a floor plan of your new home and indicate where furniture will be placed. This, along with labeling your boxes with the room they belong in, will make the moving in process much easier. Hired moving personnel will be extremely thankful for the direct instructions, and if anything is misplaced in the process, your map will show it. This will also give you a better idea of what items should make the move and what can be sold or donated to make room. On moving day, place this map by the entrance so that the movers can see it.
Take into careful consideration what you can’t ship. This includes combustible or flammable items such as oil-based paint, bleach, cleaning and lighting fluids, matches, ammunition and aerosol cans (hair sprays, shaving creams, deodorants and household cleaners). Figure out what you’ll be doing with these items (disposing of them or giving them away) before moving day to make more space and speed up the packing process.
Depending on your situation, Canada Revenue Agency allows you to claim moving expenses on your income tax if you are moving farther than 40km. Be sure to collect all contracts and receipts throughout the entire process. Considering the steep cost of moving, first-time movers will want to keep careful track of expenses and get as much in return as possible.
You can save on space and help stay organized for the unpacking process if you leave lightweight items in the drawers of your dresser. Do not leave books, thick linens or other heavy items in them. Try storing things like pillows or light blankets. This will make the first night in your new home a lot easier, especially if you don’t finish all your unpacking. Simply pull out your pillow and a blanket or two and call it a day.
While it’s imperative to have a list of your belongings to share with your movers, be sure to take pictures of the larger items before move-in day. Take pictures of bedframes, dressers, televisions and other appliances to catalogue their condition before and after moving. This is a helpful precaution in case of damage or loss. You can account for any new bumps and bruises and be reimbursed accordingly.
Make sure you have the van driver’s name and contact information and give them yours. Confirm directions to your new home so that you’re both on the same page. You’ll want to get to the house before the moving van regardless to avoid any extra expenses and to be sure that your new home is ready for move-in and unpacking.
Hiring a moving company can help ease the stress and confusion of a big transition. This is especially true for first-time movers. If you are interested moving or packing services, Spring Moving offers quality, professional service at an affordable cost. Please visit our quote page to receive an estimate.
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