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5 Steps to Prepare for Moving Day

Posted by Sherry Rioux on June 24, 2016

Congratulations! Your home has sold, and you’re ready to move on to your next home¬†– But, are you really ready to move? With so much to think about, now that you’ve sealed the deal, it’s tough not to skip over the little things that if forgotten could cause a few hiccups on moving day.

To help you make sure that you’ve thought of everything, we’ve put together the quick checklist of questions to ask yourself while devising your plan of action prior to moving day.

Do you need to hire a mover?

If you do, asking your Realtor or your friends and family who they might recommend. A mover with a good reputation will give you peace of mind that all of your precious keepsakes will make it to your new home on time and without being broken.

Did you obtain insurance on your goods in transit?

On the off chance that something goes awry while the movers are transporting all of your household goods from your old house to your new house, you’ll want to make sure you have sufficient insurance in place. Make sure that you know exactly what is covered by the policy and what might not be included so that you can take extra precautions if needed.

If you’ve decided to move everything on your own, what are the costs involved?

Though there are of course savings to be had, when moving everything yourself, you still might need to rent a trailer, or pay a few friends whether in cash or in food, and those costs can add up. It’s always a good idea to put aside a little cash for extra expenses on moving day, which comes in handy if you opt to order a pizza when you’re too tired to find the kitchen and cook a meal at the end of your big day.

If you are renting a vehicle to move your things, who’s going to drive it and what does it cost?

When packing up your home, you’ll likely wonder when you accumulated so many things, and how you will move everything. To make your move easier it might make sense to rent a larger vehicle to move everything in one trip. If you do, make sure you thoroughly understand the rules that you must abide by from the rental company before you plan to pick up the vehicle – especially when it comes down to who is to drive the vehicle. You’ll want to make sure your driver is of the correct age, as sometimes the driver must be 25 years or older. Make sure that driver has a valid G driver’s license and inquire as to whether you’ll need extra insurance coverage. Lastly don’t forget to make sure you’re covered for the right amount of kilometers needed to complete your trip, to avoid being dinged with extra fees.

Are you ready for the heavy lifting & cardio?

Even if you’re a fit person, moving heavy boxes up and down stairs, in and out of vehicles and moving around more than usual in general can take more of a toll on your body than you might expect. Making a plan as to who will move the heavier boxes and furniture ahead of time, will help you decide just how many hands on deck you’ll need come moving day. Don’t pack boxes too full, and be sure to mark boxes that are extra heavy or highly breakable to keep everything organized and running smoothly. Never forget that your health is more important than saving a few dollars in moving costs. Many injuries can occur when moving, so be sure to take your time and know your limit. Friends and family can be of great assistance and are typically an economical choice to get the job done, however, if you’re short on people to ask for help, perhaps a teenager in your neighbourhood could give you a helping hand.

Moving into a new house is exciting and stressful at the same time – but if you plan ahead and work as a team, you’ll build the first memories of many to come in your new home from day one.

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