Tips for Moving
Moving into a new home is both an exciting and stressful time; emotions can run high. Organization and preparation are the key to a smooth move. To make it easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks from the pros.
- Get a good notebook with a pocket for important documents. keep track of walkthroughs, possession and moving dates, phone numbers and anything else that can be lost on an individual piece of paper
- Plan ahead; it seems obvious but you’d be surprised how many people don’t. Pick a date, check the weather, make sure sure you have movers (or friends!) lined up for the day. Keep any clothing you may need (rain jackets, sweaters, lighter shirts) easily accessible in case the weather changes suddenly
- Organize your packing materials. Make sure you have markers and tape for labeling boxes, boxes for small items, old newspapers to wrap fragile items, packing peanuts for the really delicate pieces. Large glad bins are a life saver when moving – they’re sturdy enough the bottom won’t fall through on you, and stack nicely to save space
- Find or borrow coolers to transport any remaining food in the fridge and avoid spoilage
- Don’t hold onto what you don’t need; donate what you can
- Free classified services (like kijiji, http://www.kijiji.ca/) are a great way to find a new home for that desk you don’t have space for anymore
- Pack one room at a time; keep things organized so you can easily find them after the move
- Keep packed boxes in the room the items are from – and label them as such! This makes it much easier for everyone involved; anyone bringing the box in will know where its new “home” is.
- Disassemble any large furniture you can before the movers/friends arrive (beds, book cases, desks, etc.) and store all hardware for each piece in a SEPARATE, labelled ziplock bag
- Contact any service providers (tv, internet, cable, etc.) and let them know you’re relocating-some places offer this service online
- Arrange for mail forwarding to your new address in case you missed anyone (with Canada Post https://www.canadapost.ca/)
- After the move, contact Hydro and MPI (in Manitoba) to update your address (http://www.manitobaaddresschange.ca/update-your-address.html)