Tips for move preparation

Moving is stressful. Being organized and planning in advance can help relive that stress. If you’re moving in the near future, the following are some tips that you can do right now that will reduce the stress during the move.

Buy smaller. Many of us buy the larger “club pack” or “family-size” packages in order to save a few dollars. However when it comes time to move, we may end up with only half finished bottle of ketchup or half finished bottle of bleach. If you’re moving a short distance, you may be able to transport these items yourself. If you’re moving a longer distance, keep in mind that most moving companies won’t transport perishable foods or cleaning products. Whatever items you have left may end up getting thrown out or given away to neighbours and friends. About three to six months before moving, think about buying smaller size packages to ensure that you’ll have used up the products by moving day.

Watch your mail. Make a list of all the mail you receive. Unsubscribe from magazines and catalogues you no longer wish to receive. Record subscription numbers of magazines you want to receive in a designated paper file or on a computer spreadsheet. If you donate to charities, make sure they have your new address so that you will receive your income tax receipts for next year.

Pitch the paper. The heaviest thing to move in your house might not be your piano or your fitness equipment — it might be your paper. From stuffed filing cabinets to shelves full of books, there is a lot of paper in your home. Shred documents you are no longer required to keep. Donate gently used books.

Neither a borrower nor a lender be. Although it is fine to borrow items and loan them out, now is the time to return anything you’ve borrowed and reclaim the things you’ve loaned. It may take some time to track down everyone and everything, so start as soon as you can. Ensure your children have returned items to their friends and have collected items they’ve loaned out, too.

Collect contact information. Ensure you have the contact information (address, phone numbers) of medical, dental, and health service centres (physiotherapist, etc.) you’ve visited. You’ll need this information to have your records transferred to your new health service centres. Take a business card from the clinic and write down their hours on the back of the card. When you go to the new medical clinic you can take the business card from your previous clinic, so it will be easier to have the records transferred. Avery business card pages help keep the business cards organized.

Start your home sale preparations. If you’re selling your home, consider having your home inspected. An inspector will tell you all of the things you need to get repaired or updated prior to putting your home on the market. You may want also want to consult a home stager. Home stagers will give you advice on choosing paint colours and accessorizing your home to make it more attractive to buyers. By booking in advance, you’ll give yourself time to re-paint and do all the little necessary touch ups. It will give you the chance to spread the cost over several months, too.

7 Comments for “Tips for move preparation”

  1. posted by Carry on

    These are great ideas…all of them except the advice to hire a home inspector as part of your home sale preparation. The inspector may uncover a lot of deficiencies you are not able to fix. And if you don’t fix them, you are required to disclose that to potential buyers. Better to do the repairs you know need to be done and spruce the house up for sale. Let buyers fall in love with your place first, then find out about misc. repairs that need doing after they really want to buy your place.

  2. posted by JC on

    Early this year my mother moved in with us. It was a rather short move, about 20 miles. Rather than use the larger sized moving boxes, she purchased (a LOT) of bankers’ boxes that fold flat for storage and packed most of her belongings in those. Of course, there were more boxes because they were smaller, but they were all uniform size and most importantly she could lift them all herself. She taped plastic sleeves to the outside of each box for a list of contents.

  3. posted by liz on

    Depending on the age of the house, your city may require a city inspection to make sure everything is up to current code. The buyers would have to have one in order to get a occupancy permit. It happened when I was selling my Mom’s house.

    Some of the items were minor, such as not having an incandescent light bulb in closets since they produce heat and therefore a fire hazard. Others points were major, cost wise, but we were able to explain that we thought the house was probably going to be bought as a tear down or major renovation so it made more sense to disclose what needed to be done.

    This was not a regular house inspection, so there may have been more issues to disclose, but we also listed “as is”.

  4. posted by liz on

    When you are looking for a real estate agent, ask them to evaluate your house for what needs to be done to sell your house. It will give you ideas on what to do, but it may also give you insight on how they will sell your place.

  5. posted by Harry on

    While I agree about buying smaller amounts, I’ve never had a moving company tell me they don’t move cleaning products. The list usually consists of explosive items such as ammunition and dynamite. But that doesn’t mean that moving a half-used bottle of bleach is a good idea – imagine if it spilled!

    Another thing to be aware of involves “change of address” forms. The Post Office sells that information to mass marketers, and your new address isn’t covered by “do not solicit” orders because those orders apply only to your old address. If you don’t like getting a ton of catalogs (and this is Unclutterer, right?), then contact companies directly to tell them your new address.

  6. posted by Betty Gilbert on

    I am going to move out of my apartment because I got a promotion but now I should live in another city. Thanks a lot for sharing this post. Very useful article! Thanks!

  7. posted by Sharon Potter on

    So nice advices here! My sister is going to move out and she definitely need some advices! I will send this article to her! Thanks!

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