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Become a moving pro

The best way to have your moving day go smoothly is to be well-prepared. Turn a stressful, tiring day into a productive one with these tips. They will help you work efficiently and get settled into your new home as soon as possible.

First, make sure that everything is ready. Between changing addresses and unpacking your boxes, careful planning is vital for a hassle-free move.

Helping hands

To prevent congestion at the entrance and unnecessary delays, ask the outgoing occupant exactly when he or she will be moving. And don’t forget the person who will be moving into your home or apartment. Give them your contact info in case you forget something or to arrange to pick up any mail.

Did friends and family members offer to help you move? Check whether they’re still available and plan the day’s schedule with them. It’s no fun moving all on your own.

Work efficiently

Get rid of anything you no longer use. Don’t leave items for the next occupant to find and don’t take them with you! Sell them, donate them or take them to the nearest ecocentre or drop-off location.

Empty and clean your refrigerator, dismantle big pieces of furniture (keeping the screws in a sealable bag taped to each item) and take down your curtains. When the movers arrive, have everything packed up and ready to go. Only leave out your toiletries and your bed, which you will dismantle on the day of the move.

Place heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes. They will be easier to carry. Kill two birds with one stone by packing your dishes with your towels. Leave your clothes on their hangers and put them in one big bag. Tape all your moving boxes shut and don’t forget to label them. This will be a big help when you unpack.

Parking space

Whether you’ve hired movers, are renting a moving truck or using family members’ vehicles, make sure you have enough space for parking in front of your new home. In urban areas, think ahead and ask the municipality if you can set up “No parking” signs.

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Pack a survival kit

Pack some drinks and snacks (and schedule a time to have a bite to eat), rent or buy moving straps to lift large pieces of furniture and appliances, and keep a few tools (like a broom) close at hand. Do a final tour of your former home to sweep up any dust and make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

Will your new home be empty a few days before your move? Perfect! Take advantage of it to paint or have technicians hook up your cable or Internet. You’ll be able to enjoy a well-deserved rest in front of the TV on your first night!

Happy moving!