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Tips for a Smooth Move

on 06/06/2011

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

As many of you know, my fiance and I spent the past week packing up our lives and moving into a new house in Pickering. The big moving date was this past Wednesday, and while the move went quite smoothly considering we did everything ourselves, things may have been a little easier had I written this article two weeks ago rather than today. If you’re planning on uprooting anytime soon, you may want to take a look at some of these tips. They’re not all for everyone, but hopefully they help make the big day go a little smoother, and if you have any other suggestions please add them to the comments section as I’d love to hear from you!

Now that you’re moving it’s time to minimize the number of items you have to move.  Discard unwanted items, hold a garage sale, and collect boxes.  Notify friends, relatives, the post office, and companies you do business with of your change of address.  Don’t forget about those companies you might contact only once a year, such as life or car insurance companies.

Contact your real estate lawyer to confirm who will be handling the changeover of various utilities and services.  Typically, utilities such as power, gas, water, etc. are handled by your lawyer as part of the final adjustments on the sale’s closing.  Other services, particularly cable television, internet and telephone services, you’ll probably be instructed to handle on your own.  Try to schedule utilities and service connections before you arrive at your new house – and book your appointments as far out in advance as possible, especially if you plan to move at month end, or you might find yourself on a waiting list.

 When you’re packing,  label boxes clearly by contents and by room, and on moving day make sure movers know clearly where the boxes will be going by either giving them a floor plan of the house or some sort of direction. (This is where we went wrong – so many LCBO boxes without labels, half our bathroom supplies ended up in the kitchen!)

Prepare a list of the items you wish to move personally such as jewelry and precious breakables.  Pack your pillows, a set of sheets and blankets, along with your nightclothes, a towel and toiletries to take with you in your car. Then at the end of a long and tiring day, you can get ready for bed without having to sort through 50 boxes.  You might also pack a lunch complete with utensils, napkins, condiments, (and perhaps a wine opener?) to enjoy your first meal in your home as a picnic on the living room floor.  And if you like a cup of coffee in the morning, you’ll want to pack the coffee maker and all the fixings to take in your car as well. 

Moving doesn’t have to be a drag, and remember: once you’ve finished everything you get to enjoy your brand new home! Now it’s time to plan your housewarming party…

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