Make a checklist of tasks
Preparation and planning are crucial during a move and can make all the difference. Making a checklist of tasks can help you see an overall picture of everything there is to do, so you can manage your time well and figure out where to start.
There are online tools available to help you manage your move from start to finish. The website iammoving.ca, for example, can support you through every step of the process.
Don’t forget to change your address
Changing your address can often be more complicated than you think. This checklist can help you make all the necessary changes.
To make sure you don’t miss anything, you can request mail forwarding from Canada Post.
Don’t forget to schedule set-up for your telecommunications services.
Make sure your insurance is valid
Check with your insurance company to ensure that your property and residence are covered for as long as you are responsible for it. If you are moving gradually, make sure you have adequate coverage on your old home and your new home. Don’t forget to tell your insurance company about any changes and ensure your property is covered if you have to store it somewhere. If you’re moving out of your parents home, consider purchasing tenant’s insurance.
Book your movers or moving truck early
Whether you decide to hire movers, or just to rent a truck, try to book a day other than other than the first of the month, or on a weekday if you can, to get the best price. There will be more trucks available and less movers on the road. And if you live in a condo or apartment, don’t forget to book the elevator for moving day.
Shop around for movers and moving trucks—services and prices can vary between companies. Don’t be afraid to ask for quotes, references and a booking confirmation.
If you decide to have movers, make sure they have insurance to cover your valuables. Don’t forget to ask for the name of the insurance company and the policy number. If you use a moving truck, check the kind of coverage you have under your home insurance and whether you’re covered during transit. If you’re borrowing a vehicle or a truck, take two minutes to check whether your car insurance will cover any unexpected events.
Get ready, be efficient
Create a Facebook event for your move, so your friends can put the date on their calendars. Think about making teams for your move and assigning different tasks to each one. There’s no point in having 30 people crowded at the old place—having a few people to clean and get the new place ready for your arrival can be a big help.
Having a relative or a friend look after pets or young children could be even more helpful than having another pair of hands. You won’t want to run around after children or constantly make sure the door is closed so your pet doesn’t get out.
Remember, neither your friends nor the movers should have to help you pack or wait for you to finish packing boxes. Follow our tips to help you pack up your personal belongings. If you can, take advantage of the opportunity to paint and clean your new place a few days before you move. You’ll save time if you don’t have to move around furniture to paint. Think about bringing a few boxes each time you go to the new place if you can, you’ll save time on moving day and save money if you’re using movers. Have a good move!