Moving house can be stressful and daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right preparation and planning, you can make your move much more organized, efficient, and stress-free.
Whether you’re moving across town or the country, this checklist will help you stay on top of all the relocation tasks. From packing your belongings to scheduling movers and changing your address with the post office – there are lots of important details that need attention when making a big move!
Here’s everything you need to think about when moving house.
The Moving House Checklist: Create a Moving Plan
Start by creating a detailed plan for your move – from the beginning to the end. This will help you stay organized and on top of all the tasks you need to complete.
Your plan should include research into moving companies, arranging for necessary storage and packing supplies, and contacting utility providers to set up cancel services. Doing this early can save you a lot of stress down the line.
Declutter Before Moving
Just decluttering can increase the stress levels in the calmest person. However, during the moving process, it is essential. Before you start packing, take the time to go through your belongings and get rid of anything you don’t need or use anymore. This will help make your move much easier, reducing the amount of stuff you must pack, transport, and/or store.
If you don’t know which items to get rid of, it may be best to err on the side of caution and look to rent one of the many Toronto storage units, or those in your area, that will allow you to store items that you may want to keep but don’t think you need right away.
This way, if your new house doesn’t feature as much storage space as the old one, or you realize that you need something after all, it can be easily retrieved from storage.
Get Enough Packing Supplies
To help make the packing process smoother, ensure you have enough boxes, tape, and other packing materials to pack your belongings securely. It’s a good idea to purchase extra supplies just in case – to avoid running out of emergency items at the last minute. You may also want to consider getting bubble wrap, foam peanuts, or packing paper if you have fragile items.
It will be much easier to label your boxes so that you can quickly identify and locate things once they have been transported to your new home.
Furthermore, it would help if you considered using mattress covers when packing your bedding and furniture – they will help keep dust and dirt away from your belongings.
Before you move out, it’s a good idea to thoroughly clean your old home so the new owners can move in without worries! Clean all surfaces, vacuum carpets, and mop floors, and ensure all areas are debris-free. You may also need to clean the outside of your home and any outdoor furniture or equipment you take. Don’t forget to leave the keys behind – the new owners need to have access.
Once everything is packed and ready, don’t forget to check all rooms one last time in case you’ve left anything behind. It’s also important to turn off all lights and appliances, unplugging them if necessary to avoid any energy wastage.
Change Your Address
As soon as you have unpacked and have settled into your new home, at your earliest convenience, be sure to contact the post office and any other organizations you may have to inform them of your new address. This way, all mail sent to your old address will now be directed to your new one.
Additionally, make sure you update online accounts with your new address information as well. If you don’t, you may not get all the mail that should be sent to your new home.
Moving house can be daunting, but with the proper preparation and research, it doesn’t have to be. Don’t forget that plenty of resources are available if you need help – including friends or family who may offer their assistance!
With some careful planning, organization, and management skills, moving day will soon come and go without any major issues arising. Good luck with your new adventure!