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The list of to-do items in preparing for the big moving day can seem overwhelming. The secret to overcoming the related stress is to start as early as possible. By tackling your move well in advance, bit by bit, you can chip away at those important tasks and have everything ready to go without having to worry or stress when the big day finally arrives.
To help you get focused on where to start and how to prepare for your move, use these tips as a guide.
Sort and Purge
There’s no better time to start sorting through your items and purging than before a move. So start now before you begin packing by tossing out or donating any old items that you no longer use or need. This will make packing and the entire move much easier and cost-effective since there will be fewer boxes to deal with.
Create a Plan of Action
Before you really get into prepping for your move, it’s helpful to create a plan. Moving can be a complicated process with lots of chaotic steps involved. You can avoid this by writing down the essential tasks such as transferring information regarding utilities, any accounts and mail forwarding. Write down a loose timeframe on when tasks should be complete, along with other essentials like packing and picking up the keys to your new place. This will help you stay focused and on track.
Research and Book Moving Company
Booking a moving company well in advance is also important to ensure you get the date that you need and competent movers. Many of the more reputable moving companies can book up a month or two in advance. References from friends and family or helpful but always be sure to check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM), and inquire as to the level of insurance provided by the companies. Always be sure to get an estimate in writing based on an actual list of items to be moved. You should also ask about how your furniture will be protected, whether damage to your home is covered, do the movers handle (dis)assembly of furniture, and other such details to make you sure you feel confident that your items are in good hands. Any reputable moving company should be able to provide answers to all these questions.
Begin Packing Up Your Home
Packing up your items should be well under way at least four weeks before your moving date. We recommend starting packing room by room. This helps keep your items more organized and ensures you do not forget anything. Don’t forget to label all of your boxes. And just remember to keep any essential daily items accessible.
Notify Necessary Parties
Once you hit just under the 3-week mark, it’s a good time to alert the necessary parties about your move and change of address. This should include the bank, utilities, any subscriptions like newspapers, insurance and even your HR department at work.
Moving is not fun. There’s no denying it. And pretty much every person who has experienced a move can agree to that. But if you prepare for your move well ahead of time, you really can reduce a lot of the stress that’s involved. So give yourself at least six weeks to get started. And when you’re ready to book a reputable, professional moving company that you can feel confident in, contact First Rate Movers. We will be glad to answer all your questions and make you feel confident that you have chosen the right moving company.