Moving Tips

What to know when you are moving or relocating

So you are moving .... Here are some useful tips you can use to ensure that you move is painless and easy.

Packing an overnight bag1. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials
Important items2. Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin.
Wrapping breakables3. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap.
Extra packing padding4. For extra padding, pack your glasses and stemware in clean socks.
Labelling boxes5. In addition to labelling what’s in your boxes, add what room they’ll be going into, as well.
Pre-cleaning6. If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen.
Avoid breaking cosmetics7. Place an extra cotton pad or ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking.
Toiletries8. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on.
Packing Plates9. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break.
Sandwich Bags10. Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs.
Electronic Connections11. Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember how and where all the wires go.
Laundry Bins12. Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you.
Packing Closets13. The fastest way to pack a closet
Vacuum Sealing Clothing14. Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing.
Dibs to friends15. Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate.
Packing before friends16. Make sure everything is completely packed before your friends show up to help you move.
Colour coding17. Enlist the color-coding system.
Packing Lists18. Make a detailed corresponding list of what’s in each box by number. This makes it easier to make sure you didn’t forget any boxes, or god forbid, someone stole one. AND, if there’s anything valuable in there, you won’t be broadcasting it to the world by writing it down right there on the box.
Taking Photos19. If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in.
Fixing Holes20. Fill the nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap.
Changing address21. Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving.
Old items22. Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before moving.
Grocery trip23. Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving.
same city moves24. For same-city moves, hire a sitter for the children and pets.
defrosting refrigerator25. Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid.