So You're Moving......What Now???

Once the excitement of finding your new home starts to wear off you remember the daunting task that lies ahead......the move! Moving doesn't have to be a scary disorganized event, there are many things you can do ahead of time to help things run smoothly. Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks.

 

  1. Pack an overnight bag with your essentials. This way you will avoid having to open and dig through boxes to find your pajamas and toothbrush after a long day of moving.

  2. It's a good idea to pack a few of the items that you may need right away in a see-through tote. Then anyone who needs something like toilet paper, cleaning supplies or paper towels can easily spot them. Again avoiding having to dig through boxes to find things!

  3. If possible, go to your new place ahead of time and clean the bathrooms and kitchen. There will be less stress when unpacking if you know you are putting things away in clean cupboards.

  4. You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on bubble wrap and packing paper. Use your towels, sheets, off season clothes and extra blankets etc.....you have to pack them anyways so why not have them work for you and protect your breakables?

  5. Use your throw pillows to add extra cushion and to fill up any dead space in your boxes. Things are less likely to break when boxes are full and the pillows don't add any extra weight

  6. When labelling your boxes place the labels, or writing, on the sides. Often boxes get stacked and if the labels are on top they won't be seen.

  7. Labelling boxes is good but it may also be helpful and speedier to use a color coded system. Using coloured tape, pick a colour for each room and stick a little piece of the tape on the corresponding boxes. Ie: pink tape for the master and blue tape for the guest room and so forth.

  8. Moving boxes can be expensive. Use things like your wicker baskets, laundry baskets, hampers and suitcases to pack with. You need to move them anyways, why not fill them up?!

  9. Buy a roll of stretch film. You can keep couch cushions in place by wrapping your sofas. You also get the added protection of keeping it clean. Stretch wrap can also be used to keep drawers from sliding out during a move although I do recommend emptying the drawers first unless you have Herculean strength!

  10. When disassembling things like shelves it's a good idea to put all of the small pieces like screws into a ziploc bag and tape the bag to the furniture. That way nothing goes missing.

  11. Take a picture of the back of your electronics or anything with a lot of wires and connections. This way when you go to reconnect everything you'll know how to put them back together with no fuss.

  12. Unpacking a closet and rehanging everything can be a long process. Avoid it by taking a garbage bag and from the bottom up slip it over your hanging clothes all the way up to the hangers. This will bunch them all together and when you get to the new closet you simply hang it up and slide the bag off.

  13. Make your last grocery trip before moving two weeks prior. That way you will use up as much from your fridge as possible before the move. Moving cold perishables is often a hassle so the fewer the better!

  14. Purge!!!! Use this opportunity to rid yourself of those items you never use. An easy rule of thumb is that if you haven't used it in a year you probably don't need it.

  15. Most importantly, don't stress! If you go into your move with a plan and don't leave everything to the last minute you're rocking! Make lists, schedules and a plan of attack and stick to them. With a little bit of planning a move can be relatively easy :)

Chantalle Chasse & Seth Ferguson

Chantalle Chasse & Seth Ferguson

CENTURY 21 Future Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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