Moving & Packing Tips:














WHERE TO START: Getting Organized: 


6 weeks

    •    Get the packing process started by assessing your closets and getting rid of clothing that doesn't fit or you no longer want. When the closets are done, start to assess items room by room.

    •    Do a first round of donations of unwanted goods to charity, sell items online, or have a garage sale.

    •    If you have children and they will be changing schools; work with the current and future school to transfer school records and make

         plans for a smooth transition.

    •    Begin packing items that aren't used frequently. Seasonal items, rarely used gadgets, and items stored in the attic or basement are a good place to start.

5 weeks

    •    Use up food from the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. Refrain from doing too much grocery shopping or buying in bulk before the move.

    •    Get the word out to friends and family members that you're moving. Send them an e-mail with your new contact information or consider sending a moving announcement.

    •    Purchase moving supplies including boxes, packing material, tape, labels, and box cutters. Remember to order specialty items like dish boxes, wardrobe boxes, and mattress bags if your mover is not supplying them.

    •    Get a box-labelling system in place.

    •    Make a room-by-room packing schedule and start packing!

4 weeks

    •    Fill out an official change-of-address form with CANADA POST.

    •    Consult your list of businesses and services and make address changes on all accounts. PHONE & HYDRO etc

    •    Put in for vacation time at your job for the days surrounding your move and schedule a babysitter if needed.

    •    Confirm all paperwork with your chosen mover and double check that the proper insurance is in place to cover your valuables.

3 weeks

    •    Cancel all newspaper home delivery and set up delivery in your new HOME.

    •    Gather valuable paperwork, jewelry, and small family heirlooms. Keep these special items separate from your moving boxes and make a plan for transporting them by hand or via a trackable shipping service with insurance.

    •    Do an inventory of high-ticket items and videotape or photograph these items. Note any existing scratches, dings, or damage to your furniture.

2 weeks

    •    How's the packing going? Keep plugging away and don't leave it all until the last week.

    •    Tie up loose ends. Confirm that you've changed addresses, have all the proper moving insurance in place, and are ready to make your move.

    •    Put together a packet for the new owners of your home with any warranties, vendor recommendations, and a note with your contact information in case they have questions or need to forward you mail.

    •    If you are moving major appliances, make sure that they're cleaned, unplugged, and ready to go. Freezers need to be defrosted and you may need a professional to disconnect gas lines on particular appliances.

    •    Fill prescriptions and make sure that everyone has packed medications they need in their suitcase.


1 week

    •    Utilities should be turned off in your current home one day after your move-out date. It is helpful if utilities in your new home are turned on one day before your move-in date if possible.

    •    Dispose of all flammable items that can't be transported (paint, chemicals, aerosol cans).

    •    See if you have accumulated anything else in your "donate," "pitch," or "sell" piles. After more packing, you may have additional items to donate and should have one last pickup by your chosen charity, if needed.

    •    If you are moving far; Back up all computers and have a plan in place for checking e-mail and paying bills online while your computer is in transit if you do not have a smart phone. 

    •    Get each family member to pack a suitcase like they are going on a two-week vacation. Remember all toiletries and comfortable clothes for unpacking.

    •    Check in with your moving company (If you are using one) one last time and confirm that everyone is on the same page. Reconfirm the moving-day arrival time as well as cell phone numbers and last-minute details.


    •    Hire a cleaning company to come in and do a quick clean after the movers leave or schedule a day that you will come back and make sure that everything is clean and in place for the new owners.


  • Take meter readings on hydro & Gas meters of your old Home & new Home & send to MB. Hydro. 
  • I will do this for you :) If I am your Realtor.


Celebrate the memories you've made in your home and get ready to start a new chapter in your life.



Have a packing room. …


Use the right size boxes.

Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes; light items, like linens and pillows, in bigger ones. (Large boxes packed with heavy items are a common complaint of professional movers. They not only make the job harder but also have a better chance of breaking.)


Don’t leave empty spaces in the boxes.

Fill in gaps with, towels, or packing paper. Movers often won’t move boxes that feel loosely packed or unbalanced.


Avoid mixing items from different rooms in same box.

It will make your packing quicker & unpacking a lot easier, too. 


Label each box with the room it’s destined for and a description of its contents.

This will help you and your movers know where every box belongs in your new place. Numbering each box and keeping an inventory list is a good way to keep track of what you’ve packed―and to make sure you still have everything when you unpack.


Pack according to Box size: 

Fill large boxes with light stuff, and put heavy items, like books, in small boxes. “You’d be surprised how many people fill large boxes until they weigh 100 pounds and break.


Hang  Your closets :

Don’t pack hanging clothes. Keep them on hangers and put them in the back of your car flat or on top of boxes. Put in clear bags if needed. Then hang them back up in the new place.


Label on at least two sides all 4 is even better :) 

Mark every box with its contents and destination (kitchen) on more than one side. Also note if contents are fragile. Though movers likely won’t care, you’ll know to go easy on them.


Be ready.

Have everything packed before the movers arrive or before you get the truck. Disassemble furniture that will need to be taken apart. (Tape nuts and bolts securely to furniture items.) Roll area rugs up tight and tape them. 


Put heavier items on the bottoms of boxes, lighter items on top.

And if you’re loading the truck yourself, pack heavier boxes first, toward the front of the truck, for balance.


Load in sections: maximize space and keep items from shifting by loading in sections from the floor up. Load heaviest items first, in front and on the floor. Pack tightly and to the top, then move onto the next section.


More Quick Tips:


  • Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
  • Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you.
  • Tape boxes well. Use a couple of pieces of tape to close the bottom and top seams, then make a couple of wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, where stress is concentrated.    
  • Pack strategically. Mark the boxes you know you will need first with a star or other symbol.....



Happy Packing & Moving


Darla Helena 

Century 21

Darla Helena

Darla Helena

CENTURY 21 Westman Realty Ltd.
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