Moving is one of those things in life you cannot put off once the location is set. However, it can be made a lot more tolerable by making a schedule. The process generally takes place over a few months, but to make things simpler, we offer a quick rundown of the preceding five weeks to help you count down to the big day.
Five weeks before
Contact your movers, look into truck rental prices (if doing by yourself), and make an inventory. If you are planning to move this upcoming summer, chances are, everyone is thinking of doing it at the same time. Making sure you have movers booked in advance will save you the trouble of competing for them at the last minute and getting the higher prices. Also, by making an inventory, you’ll be able to check off items quickly and efficiently, making moving out and in easier.
Four weeks before
Clear out the junk in closed spaces, such as storage, closets, and drawers. There is no way around this, so be absolutely ruthless about it! Throw out anything that you have not worn in a year – trust us, if you have not seen your dainty dress or swanky shorts in that long a time, chances are you do not need it – and either donate the rest or hold a garage/yard sale. Finally, check out the neighborhood and transfer your children’s academic record to their new school(s) as well as their medical records to the new family physicians. Don’t forget to transfer your own medical records too.
Three weeks before
Confirm bookings with the moving professionals or the truck rentals if you are a DIY-mover. Acquire boxes and packing materials (e.g. labels, tapes, bubble wraps). Start notifying people with whom you’d still like to stay in contact of your new address. Make sure the government and banks have your new address too. If you have newspaper and/or magazine subscriptions, now would be the time to let them know, transfer to e-views, or cancel them altogether.
Two weeks before
Make arrangements with your utilities suppliers to have them disconnected a few days AFTER the move, not before. This is to make sure that you still have an emergency, livable space available should any (natural) calamity befall your new place – hey, you never know! Arrange to have your children taken care of on moving day. If they are old enough, bring them along as an extra pair of hands: You will need all the help you can get, no matter how small.
One week before
Pack the last essential items and start cleaning your new as well as soon-to-be-old homes. Wipe the floors and wash the carpets at your old place, and wipe the cupboards and disinfect the washrooms at your new home. Unplug the small appliances and pack them away for a move. Label everything and re-check the inventory you made a few weeks prior. Last, but not least, get a good rest the night before the move.
Your new life awaits you in your new home! If you, too, are ready for a new adventure and want to see what kinds of lovely condos and homes we have for sale at Kitsilano, refer to my listings page.