Making the transition to a new home can be one of the most exciting and anticipated moments in a family’s life. Unfortunately, it can also turn out to be one of the most stressful. There are many factors involved in moving, and if each factor is not addressed prior to the move, there is a good chance that problems will arise. This is why it is essential to prepare for your move, even if labeling boxes doesn’t seem like an ideal way to spend a Saturday.
“Preplanning is the number one tip I can give to someone preparing to move – especially if it is a summer move. Too many people leave their arrangements until the last minute and find their options are severely limited,” says Carol Davis, vice president, marketing and corporate communications at Atlas Van Lines Ltd.
To avoid this type of situation, begin selecting a moving company at least five to eight weeks before the move. Be sure not to rely on a quick flip through the yellow pages to choose, instead ask friends, co-workers, your Royal LePage agent or local Royal LePage office for recommendations. Be sure to get written estimates from at least three different carriers. Some movers, such as Atlas will send an agency representative to your home to explain their services and perform a survey of articles to be moved.
Once you have chosen your mover, you should being preparing your belongings for the day the movers arrive. One job you can have complete is packing, which is done with care and detail, can make the move significantly easier. Keep a detailed list of what you are packing and how many boxes you have. Instead of using flimsy grocery store boxes, ensure your items stability by purchasing boxes for a very small fee at a moving company or rental facility. Labelling is a tedious task, but one that will pay dividends when you arrive at your new location with boxes tagged for specific rooms. It is especially important to label boxes containing sheets, towels and food, so you have essentials available your first night.
Upon arriving at your new location, the first thing to do is make sure all your items are with you. If you prepared a list while packing, or hired a company that does an inventory, this is as simple as checking off numbered boxes on your list. In the case that there are missing or damaged articles, claim them with the moving company before they depart, or your may run into problems. Prior to unloading your brown boxes, check that all utilities are turned on. If your utilities are working, you can now begin emptying those boxes you so prudently packed. It is recommended to unpack the kitchen first and use this area as your home base during the unpacking process. After the kitchen, the bathroom should be set up with the essentials before beginning to arrange the bedrooms and living rooms. These are areas that should not be unpacked without a floor plan to avoid unnecessary moving.
When you finally have your new home set to your fancy, take some time to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Then remember how simple a move can be with a bit of pre-planning, just in case you move again.