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While buying or renting a new home can bring joy and excitement, most people can agree that moving from one home to another, especially for the first time, can be a little stressful. Being ill-prepared and worried is unneccessary! There are always certain things you can do, whether you’re self-moving or hiring a company, to avoid that new homeowner headache.
Plan Ahead: Now that you’ve purchased your new home, make sure you have arrangements for your move in day at least two to three weeks in advance. As well, as time narrows down to move-in day, compile a list to keep you organized while packing. You may want to start packing items you don’t often use earlier to save time and space.
Hiring a mover: If you are hiring a moving company, ask friends or family for a recommendation. This may not guarantee you’ll feel similar as your family or friends about a certain company, but hearing positive news about a company is a start. Researching various companies is an important part of the process. Spending some extra researching moving companies can help you to avoid scams, overspending and wasting time. The internet is a great tool, but there are some things to look out for:
Be doubtful of companies that offer prices that are much lower than others. Underpricing services does not mean you are receiving a great deal. A responsible company should offer you an estimate, not an upfront price. A quote or an estimate should be given after a mover has inspected your home and possessions, not over the phone or internet. Check to see if you have insurance coverage in case of accidents. Also, ask the company if they offer liability coverage.
Self- Moving: Moving by yourself can save you money, but takes more time and effort. Be certain that you’re able to take the time off from work and that you’re in suitable condition to lift heavy items for a day. Acquire the assistance of friends and family as needed, and don’t forget to reward them with pizza and cold drinks.
Notify everyone: Before you move, take the time to be sure you have notified everyone who needs to know that you’re moving. This includes work, utility companies, businesses, postal services, banks, clubs, your children(s)’s school etc.
Keep organized: First of all, ensure you have enough boxes to package all your possessions. When packing a particular room, keep all those materials together. Properly label each box by using colored tape and permanent marker to make sure the labels are easily identifiable.
Important items: During the move, don’t leave any valuables and important personal documents buried down in a box on a truck. Personally take them with you. As well, carry items such as a set a clothes, medicines and toiletries on hand for the first night so you avoid searching for them when you’re tired and weak.
Having a relatively smooth and stree-free moving experience isn’t difficult to achieve. The night before, make sure you’re relaxed and ready to go. Get a good night’s sleep – you don’t want to be cranky and tired on one of the busiest days of your life. And most importantly, be positive, and don’t worry, your new home will be worth every drop of sweat. If you have any questions let us know and we will be happy to help.