Average Canadian family moves every 4 years. Though those figures may have changed somewhat in the past many years, there is no doubt that “moving” is a huge, complicated task that we have all faced one time or the other and are likely to do so again. Most of the time, moving takes a major toll on our finances and leaves us in a constant state of worry and tension. But with proper planning and homework, even this complex chore can be made easy and stress-free. Read on to know how.
Moving day may be several weeks away yet but it is never too early to start purging your old home of clutter. Getting rid of all those things that you do not intend to carry to your new home means that you will be spending less time, energy and money on packing, transportation, moving and unpacking
Start using up all perishable items, detergents, oils, cleaners and other items that you won’t be allowed to carry. If you are like me, then you would do better with a detailed moving and packing schedule written down in black-and-white and taped to the refrigerator door. Allot different tasks, such as requisitioning of packing supplies and de-cluttering, to different members of your family along with a definite deadline.
Buy packing materials in bulk and always buy a few extra boxes, labels and rolls of packing tape. You can always return them if they are unused and in good condition. Last-minute trips to the store to buy more boxes are only going to add to your stress when there is so much else going on.
2.Mover or DIY
Here comes the biggest question – will you hire a mover or will you do the moving yourself? If you can competently drive a big vehicle, do not own much stuff and count yourself lucky in having some very good friends who don’t mind putting their strong backs to use, then a DIY move may be good for you.
But if you have to move a long distance, have a whole lot of stuff and cannot spare enough days to drive to your new home, then you will have to hire a professional mover. While hiring a mover, make sure to ask for references and confirm whether he has the necessary papers and permits to conduct a legal move.
Some moving companies also offer a self-move service, where you pack your belongings in their truck and they provide a professional driver to transport them to your new home. Though this is essentially cheaper than a full moving service, all the packing, loading and unloading tasks fall on you.
A moving folder or diary is essential for your sanity and peace of mind. All important contact numbers, information, bills, business cards related to moving should be kept here. Better yet, keep a copy of what items have gone into each box in this folder so that it would be easier for you to unpack and keep a track of your belongings.
Kurt Jacobson is a surfing enthusiast with a background in real estate. Having moved 10 times in the past 7 years, he thrives on helping others learn from his experiences. When he's not out shredding waves he writes about homes for househunter.co.