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On the Move: A Short Guide to Moving Homes

Getting Started

Before you even begin packing, you should first make sure you have a good plan (and that you’re starting early!). A good plan will break down the huge task of moving into smaller, more manageable tasks which will help you stay organized, and the whole process will be smoother and less stressful.

  • Determine whether you will be using a moving company. If you are, you might want to book earlier on to ensure that they will be able to help you at the right time.
  • Take inventory of your belongings (or at least the important ones) and tick them off one by one as you pack them up. Once you have ticked everything off your list, you’ll have the peace of mind that everything is packed up and ready to go.
  • Make a list of the utilities, services, and companies that you will have to notify about your address change. After all, you don’t want personal mail and information to be sent to your old address!

Packing Up

  • Start by removing all the junk you no longer want to keep. By decluttering, you’ll have more space to work with and you’ll avoid having to dig through mountains of stuff to find what you actually want to pack up!
  • Choose one room to pack up and put everything into its own labeled boxes. It will be easier for you to keep track of what has been packed already, and you will also have an easier time unpacking once you get to your new home.
  • Even if you hired a company to help you with your packing, you should take the time to pack up the more important/personal items in your possession. Put these into their own separate box and transport them with you personally on Moving Day. You will know exactly what you have packed, and you will avoid having to worry about these items being lost during the move.

Moving Out…. and Moving In

Leading up to Moving Day, take a walk around your house to make sure you have packed up everything you need to take with you. It’s a common courtesy (and may be a requirement if mentioned in your sales contract) to leave the property clean and tidy for the next person. Once everything is set and your boxes have all been packed up, all that remains is to head out to your new home.

  • Supervise and make sure that all your boxes and belongings are being transported.
  • Once you are at your new home, move the labelled boxes into their respective rooms. It’ll keep things organized and facilitate unpacking.
  • If you have any furniture that require assembling, you should do that first. Once these are assembled and put in their desired places, you will then be able to use them right away to unpack and stow away the rest of your belongings.

If you aren’t yet at the moving stage and would like some advice for selling your condo, selling your house or buying your next home in Vancouver, then come by my blog! There is something there for everyone, regardless of what your real estate goals may be.