How to move…

The time comes in most everyone’s life where they have to move. It can be a very stressful time, especially if you’ve never done it before. Sometimes it’s even hard to know where to start! Relax, and pull up a chair. We’ve done this before. We can help.

Right off the top, you will need to decide where you want to live. That can mean anything from what province, all the way down to what floor of the building, and everything in between. If you’re changing cities, do some research. Check out the city’s website, and find out what they have to offer. Once you’ve found a city that matches your lifestyle, it’s time to find out where in the city works for you.

When you’re looking at our website each of our property listings include information about the neighborhood surrounding it. This will help you decide if things you need will be close enough to your new home. Do you need to be close to shopping? Or maybe the hospital? These things are important when it comes to choosing your new home. It’s best to narrow your list down to 3-5 places and be sure to visit them. You can see the neighborhood, and the accommodations in real life, which will help in the decision making process.

Make sure to discuss lease arrangements, and deposits. Some landlords will require a damage deposit, as well as some rent up front to protect themselves. And your lease arrangement will let you know how long you can expect to stay in your new home, and offers you protection in case something happens that your landlord needs you to move.

The time comes in most everyone’s life where they have to move. It can be a very stressful time, especially if you’ve never done it before. Sometimes it’s even hard to know where to start! Relax, and pull up a chair. We’ve done this before. We can help.

Right off the top, you will need to decide where you want to live. That can mean anything from what province, all the way down to what floor of the building, and everything in between. If you’re changing cities, do some research. Check out the city’s website, and find out what they have to offer. Once you’ve found a city that matches your lifestyle, it’s time to find out where in the city works for you.

When you’re looking at our website each of our property listings include information about the neighborhood surrounding it. This will help you decide if things you need will be close enough to your new home. Do you need to be close to shopping? Or maybe the hospital? These things are important when it comes to choosing your new home. It’s best to narrow your list down to 3-5 places and be sure to visit them. You can see the neighborhood, and the accommodations in real life, which will help in the decision making process.

Make sure to discuss lease arrangements, and deposits. Some landlords will require a damage deposit, as well as some rent up front to protect themselves. And your lease arrangement will let you know how long you can expect to stay in your new home, and offers you protection in case something happens that your landlord needs you to move.

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Congratulations! You’ve found a new place to live! Now that you’ve gotten that decision made, it’s time to get ready to move. First of all, if you’re renting, or living with other people, you need to let them know you’ve leaving. Some landlords will require a certain amount of notice depending on your lease arrangement which can affect when you can start packing. And you definitely don’t want to leave your roommates and friends in a lurch if you move without notice.

Now the fun part. Packing. Our recommendation is to actually start by decluttering. The more you declutter, the less you have to move. Start with the bathroom, as that’s where you’re least likely to find something sentimental that you might want to keep. The less you keep, the last you have to carry. That should be your mantra during this time. Now might be the time to reconsider that yard or garage sale you’ve been meaning to have. Get rid of the things you don’t need, and make some money to help cover moving expenses.

Now that you’re ready to pack, start looking for a moving company. Get quotes, and whenever possible, request an on site estimate. If you’re going rent a vehicle and do it yourself, make sure you reach out well in advance. There aren’t many things worse than wanting to move but not being able to because you forgot to rent a truck.

When you’re ready to start packing, go room by room. Mark each box with its contents and which room in the new place it’s to go in. Pack essential items together and mark them “open first”. This would include things like toilet paper, bath towels, and other necessities. Depending on your level of organization you could also color each box by room, and track them on a spreadsheet.

Chequebooks, medications, passports and other important items should be kept separate from the items going in boxes. Try to keep these things on your person so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.

Congratulations! You’ve found a new place to live! Now that you’ve gotten that decision made, it’s time to get ready to move. First of all, if you’re renting, or living with other people, you need to let them know you’ve leaving. Some landlords will require a certain amount of notice depending on your lease arrangement which can affect when you can start packing. And you definitely don’t want to leave your roommates and friends in a lurch if you move without notice.

Now the fun part. Packing. Our recommendation is to actually start by decluttering. The more you declutter, the less you have to move. Start with the bathroom, as that’s where you’re least likely to find something sentimental that you might want to keep. The less you keep, the last you have to carry. That should be your mantra during this time. Now might be the time to reconsider that yard or garage sale you’ve been meaning to have. Get rid of the things you don’t need, and make some money to help cover moving expenses.

Now that you’re ready to pack, start looking for a moving company. Get quotes, and whenever possible, request an on site estimate. If you’re going rent a vehicle and do it yourself, make sure you reach out well in advance. There aren’t many things worse than wanting to move but not being able to because you forgot to rent a truck.

When you’re ready to start packing, go room by room. Mark each box with its contents and which room in the new place it’s to go in. Pack essential items together and mark them “open first”. This would include things like toilet paper, bath towels, and other necessities. Depending on your level of organization you could also color each box by room, and track them on a spreadsheet.

Chequebooks, medications, passports and other important items should be kept separate from the items going in boxes. Try to keep these things on your person so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.

You’re in your new place. Your best friends came to help you in exchange for some pizza and beer and everything went smoothly. What do you do now to make sure you’re settled?

Check all your boxes and furniture, especially if you hired movers. If you find that any of your things were damaged or broken, or if anything is missing, let the moving company and your insurance company know right away. It’s important to do this immediately, otherwise you may not be reimbursed.

While you’ve already reached out to all the utility companies and had everything sent to the new address, make sure everything is set up as soon as you set foot inside. There isn’t much worse than finally moving into your new place and finding out that your heat or water aren’t working.

Remember those boxes you marked with contents and which rooms they’re from and for? Let’s find those. Unpack your essentials first. Get your bedrooms and bathrooms ready for life in your new place. Once these rooms are set, you can move along to the rest of your new home.

While you’re unpacking, inspect your new home. Do this as quickly as possible so if there is any damage, it can be brought to the attention of your insurance, or your landlord. Failure to do so quickly enough can cause more trouble than it’s worth.

You’re in your new place. Your best friends came to help you in exchange for some pizza and beer and everything went smoothly. What do you do now to make sure you’re settled?

Check all your boxes and furniture, especially if you hired movers. If you find that any of your things were damaged or broken, or if anything is missing, let the moving company and your insurance company know right away. It’s important to do this immediately, otherwise you may not be reimbursed.

While you’ve already reached out to all the utility companies and had everything sent to the new address, make sure everything is set up as soon as you set foot inside. There isn’t much worse than finally moving into your new place and finding out that your heat or water aren’t working.

Remember those boxes you marked with contents and which rooms they’re from and for? Let’s find those. Unpack your essentials first. Get your bedrooms and bathrooms ready for life in your new place. Once these rooms are set, you can move along to the rest of your new home.

While you’re unpacking, inspect your new home. Do this as quickly as possible so if there is any damage, it can be brought to the attention of your insurance, or your landlord. Failure to do so quickly enough can cause more trouble than it’s worth.

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