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Helpful moving tips | Julie Jamieson
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Helpful moving tips

Helpful moving tips

  • Arrange to have your gas, water and electric meters read on the day you leave and have the fills forwarded to your new address. As well, make arrangements to have them connected at the new house on the closing date.
  • If the hot water heater or furnace is rented, arrange for a transfer of the rental agreement to the purchaser.
  • Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials.
  • Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin.
  • Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap.
  • For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.
  • Label your boxes on the SIDES with what’s in your boxes and which room they’ll be going into
  • When you arrive at your new home, unpack BY ROOM. The unpacking process will feel more manageable
  • If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.
  • Place an extra cotton pad or ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking.
  • Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break.
  • Keep drawers intact by covering them with Press’n Seal – this will keep you from having to unpack and re-fold their contents.
  • Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs and tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item to which correspond
  • Beer boxes are the best for books because they have handles on the sides.
  • Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
  • Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you
  • Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate
  • Book movers weeks in advance — you’re not the only person trying to get out of your space on the last day of the month.
  • If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in
  • This is essential if you ever hope to get your deposit back. It will save you major headaches with difficult landlords who charge you cleaning and repair fees unnecessarily when moving out.
  • Fill the nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap.
  • Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving. This might seem like a no-brainer for important things like utilities and cable but don’t sweat the small stuff. You’ve also got Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail to worry about.
  • If you own items that you want to get rid of but are too valuable to just give away, start selling on eBay, or Kijiji at least 6 weeks before moving.
  • Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before moving.
  • Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving.
  • The more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out.
  • For same-city moves, hire a sitter for the children and pets.
  • The last thing you need is to be worrying about losing track of your kids or pets on this stressful day.