Moving can be a stressful experience. However, a little planning and preparation can make it less so. Here are a few quick do’s and don’ts to prepare you for your upcoming move.
Do: Plan and organize.
When it comes to a move, those three words cover a lot. Planning and organizing start from the day you first decide to move and goes all the way through the moving day itself. Start researching Toronto-area movers as soon as possible so you can find one that will be available on the day you need them. Begin packing rarely-used items early on in the process, lesser-used items as you get closer to your move, and frequently-used items just before the big day. Use checklists to keep yourself organized.
Don’t: Skip putting detailed labels on boxes.
You may know what’s what while you’re packing, but as soon as those boxes are removed from your house and transported somewhere else, it’s amazing how quickly you’ll forget where you packed your winter sweaters or the kitchen can opener. Label every box. To make things even easier, tape coloured sticky notes to each box—green for kitchen items, blue for bathroom items, and so on—with details written on each label.
Do: Get rid of as many things as possible.
It will be tempting to save this task until you’re at your new home. “Oh, we’ll see what we need when we get there!” Don’t do this. You’ll be exhausted when you arrive and overwhelmed by the unpacking that awaits you. To make things easier then, get rid of things now. If you haven’t used an item in the past year, donate it or toss it.
Don’t: Get friends and family to volunteer their backs and pickup trucks.
Sure, your buddies are happy to help you move. That doesn’t mean they’ll be good at helping you move. There’s a reason that professional movers are, well, professionals at what they do. They’ll come in like a team of ninjas, quickly and efficiently whisking away boxes and hefting heavy items. Best of all, they’ll do it in a way that keeps your belongings from getting damaged. Rather than recruiting family for your move, invite them over once you get settled into your new place.
Do: Have moving professionals visit your home to give you an estimate.
Five rooms full of items can mean different things depending on the size of your home and the amount of belongings you have in each room. For this reason, it’s important to have a representative from a moving company actually come to your house and take a look around before giving you a written estimate. This will help you avoid a surprise price hike on the day of your move.
Don’t: Make price your sole consideration for choosing a mover.
Speaking of price, just because a mover gives you the cheapest estimate doesn’t mean that they’re the best for the job. Sometimes cheap labor translates into shoddy work. Ask friends and family members if they’ve had any experience with a particular moving company. Check online ratings and reviews. By doing your research, you’ll be able to find a Toronto-area moving company that’s friendly, professional, and experienced at making your moving day a breeze.