Each year, nearly one in five Canadians will pack up and move. You can probably expect to do it yourself an exhausting 11 times during your lifetime. Whether your moving to change jobs, retire, improve your health or to be closer to family, anyone who has done it knows that moving is a lot of hard work. Our tips can make this big job a little easier and more hassle free. For those of you wishing to save a few dollars and would like to do their own packing we offer the following suggestions.
You should start packing as soon as the moving date has been established. Moving is too big of a job to leave until the last minute. Begin packing with out of season gear and other things you don't use often and go from there.
What Should NEVER Go Into the Moving Van
Live animals, important papers such as car ownership, medical/dental records, school records, insurance policies, passports, birth certificates, and documents pertaining to the move should always be with you. So should your cash, credit cards and jewelry. Keep these items in your purse on concealed money belts. DO NOT PUT EXPLOSIVE OR FLAMMABLE GOODS IN THE VAN. Such items include:
What to Pack Last and Take With You!
The "Open Me First" Box
This is your survival pack, Mark it well and ensure it is the last box to go in the truck so it will be the first to come out.
Countdown to Moving Day!
Choose a moving company. We sure hope you would choose WESTLOCK MOVERS. Get solid references (any qualified mover will be happy to supply this), talk to your mover about insurance costs, delivery, payments, etc. Get a floor plan of the house to preplan layout of the furniture and dispose of any unwanted items. Be wary of "hidden expenses" and be careful: Just because you have been quoted the cheapest it does not mean they're the best choice.
Start packing. Ask Doctors and Dentists to recommend colleagues near your new home. Get copies of prescriptions, Transfer school and insurance records.
Arrange to have utilities disconnected in your old home and connected in the new one. Mail change of address cards.
Close bank accounts. Keep enough money to pay van driver if needed. Discontinue delivery services.
Pack and lable open me first box. Empty safe deposit box. Plan to carry with you.
Defrost and dry out fridge. Professional packing will probably be done today. Finish your own packing. Remove mirrors from dressers.
After a long day of moving the first thing you are going to want is your bed. When you get up in the morning pack the bedding from each bed into large plastic bags. Mark each bag from which bed it came from so it will be easy to find once the truck is unloaded. Heck, if you like... we will even make up the bed for you!
Smile! Your On Your Way!