Planning smart for your upcoming move
Planning your move ahead of time is advice I always give my clients. A move to a new home is not easy and the better organized you are, the less stress you'll experience. The recommendations below make for good reading
► Two to three months before
Get estimates from at least 3 moving companies. If you’re planning a “do it yourself” move in the "busy" season, keep in mind that rental trucks should be booked well in advance as well.
► Eight weeks before
Take care of change of address with Canada Post. Their site is accessible directly from this web site (“Other helpful sites” page). Notify your newspaper delivery person, milkman and anyone else who delivers products to your home on a regular basis.
► Six weeks before
If you are moving out of town review with your doctor the names and dosages of any renewal medications.
► Four weeks before
Contact all utility companies for your old and new addresses to arrange for service to be disconnected and hooked up. They may include BellCanada, Gaz Metropolitain, Hydro Quebec, internet service providers, television cable companies. Again, most of these companies can be accessed directly from my web site. Make arrangements at your bank to transfer accounts to a branch close to your new home. Check with your insurance company to discontinue coverage at the old address and begin coverage at the new one. Remember, if you are selling, you must maintain coverage on your old home until the buyer’s occupancy date regardless of when the signing at the notary takes place. Make sure you have boxes and if not obtain them.
► Three weeks before
Make arrangements for young children and pets to be cared for on moving day. Pack things you won’t need during the coming weeks such as books, fancy china, extra sets of dishes, blankets, bedding and linens.
► Two weeks before
Cardboard wardrobes are terrific for transporting clothing on hangers. Make sure you have plenty of tape for sealing boxes, markers to label them, tissue paper and bubble wrap for packing breakables, “Fragile” stickers and a box cutter. Prepare a floor plan of the new place so that on moving day you can direct movers to place furniture and boxes in the correct rooms. On the floor plan assign a number to each room and give a copy of the floor plan to the movers. Label your boxes and furniture with a number that corresponds to the room for which they are destined. Put together a “survival box” with items you’ll need immediately upon arrival at your new place. It should include bottled water, juice boxes, non-perishable snack foods, paper plates and cups, plastic cutlery and paper towels.Don’t forget essentials like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, a screwdriver, a few light bulbs and anything else you think you may need.
► One week before
Drain fuel from the lawnmower and other machinery. Take down curtains, blinds, rods and shelves.
► On the last few days leading up to the move
Decide what items you need to function comfortably and pack everything else. Consume the consumables, give away items you no longer want or need and use your move as an excuse to clean. Leave your old home the way you’d like to find your new home the day you move in.
► On the day of your move
Make sure the movers understand your instructions. Have someone at each site (the old home and the new) to assist.