As a Toronto real estate agent, I know how much time and energy goes into a move. Though it is an exciting time, without the proper plan in place, it can easily turn into unwanted stress. To take some of the pressure off you and your family come moving day, follow these tips in prepping for the big day!
Develop a Plan
Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for your move. Give yourself time to plan, prepare and pack! Start by creating a list of all the rooms and areas in your home that you need to consider packing up or clearing out. List out which items you are going to take with you to your new home, and what you will donate, recycle or dispose of. to keep yourself on schedule, assign a timeline to each room/area of the home and do your best to stay on schedule. Ensure you leave yourself enough time for cleaning the home as well.
Use the Correct Moving Supplies
Do it right! Avoid damaging your personal belongings during the move by using sturdy boxes, sealable bags and bubble wrap. Of course, this might seem obvious but many people have had nightmare moves and ended up with broken belongings because this step wasn’t taken seriously. Take the time to make sure your fragile items are properly wrapped, that your furniture is taped up, and that drawers are emptied and removed or taped shut. There are several companies that not only sell moving supplies, but rent out containers that easily stack up!
To better streamline the moving process, label every box, every bag, everything! When you are in the midst of packing, you think you will remember where you put things, but trust me, you won’t. It becomes boxes and boxes of stuff and it all looks the same. Take the extra time to label and track where each box will go in the new home. This will make it easier for movers and better streamline the process for everyone!
Update Your Information
The best place to start is by setting up a forwarder on your mailing address. Once you have done that, look into the current mail you receive, and reach out to any necessary subscriptions, or businesses that you feel need an update. Next, ensure you call your bank, update your driver’s license, and all government documents. You will also need to set up your utilities for your new home, cable and internet without forgetting to cancel your current services. Once you are closer to the moving date, you should consider your subscriptions such as Amazon, Uber, Skip the Dishes, etc.
Clean and Repair
In most cases, after a home experiences a move, there will be scuffs and scratches on the walls and floors. Have your new home deep cleaned and ensure any minor repairs, painting, and fixes are done before the unpacking process begins. The timing doesn’t always work out, but do your best to work around the boxes!
Plan for Your First Night
Book a nearby hotel room for your first night to ensure you and your family get a good night’s sleep and are ready for the unpacking process the next day. It can be exhausting and the process will be much more enjoyable if everyone is well rested.
Although these tips may seem straightforward, many people put off organizing until the last minute, causing panic on moving day. Start planning early in the process, and you will avoid unnecessary stress. If you or someone you know is looking for a Toronto real estate agent, please feel free to contact us and we will get you in touch with one of our experts.