good-bye to one neighbourhood and discovering a new one is an exciting
adventure. But let's face it, at the end of your home-buying process
you may find yourself exhausted. After all, the other obligations
in your life have not paused.
more, now there's another cost: moving. Whether you hire professionals
or strong-arm friends into helping, be prepared for the cost of the
move. Here are some suggestions on how to reduce the cost of your
move, but let's first look at how to prepare for the big day.
will have noticed that your possessions expand to fill the space allotted.
Guess what, if you're moving into a larger home, you'll be gathering
more stuff, so start out right.
take it all. Before you pack it all into boxes and cart it to a
new location, take a good look at everything and find out what you
can live without. This is a great time to have a garage sale and
what doesn't sell; you can give away to charity.
all of your change of address cards filled out months in advance.
You'll want to notify friends, family, businesses, organizations
you're a member of, etc. Have the cards ready to mail once the deal
is closed. Redecorate before the move. Sometimes it isn't possible,
but if you have the chance to work without the obstructions of furniture,
you'll find that you can get twice the work done in half the time.
the utilities in your name. Hydro, water, gas are the first companies
to call. But don't forget to coordinate your telephone and cable
service. Of course, you'll want to let the companies servicing your
old home know when to disconnect service there.
You'll want to ensure that each item you own
is well packed to minimize damage during travel. Whether you're moving
around the corner, across town or across the country, the moving process
is always the same.
Hire Movers or Not to Hire Movers?
If you hire movers to pack for you, they'll
descend on your home with a crew of experienced packers who will seal,
pad and itemize everything you own in a day or two.
the move, you'll want to make sure you're insured while your belongings
are in transition. Many moving companies also offer additional insurance.
moving day, go through the house with the crew supervisor and have
him take note of any special instructions. If there are items you
will need immediately upon arriving in your new home (like a crib)
make sure they put it in the moving van last. The movers will also
make note of the condition of your goods on a master list. It is your
responsibility to make sure it's accurate.
the van is unloaded and your goods are unpacked, inspect everything
and make note of any damage. While movers do unpack, they don't put
dishes or linens away.
you are undertaking the packing process by yourself, it will take
time. Pack well in advance, and take note of what you can really live
without. You'll have items that need special attention and other items
that need to be disassembled. Label each box in detail and, if you
know where it will go in your new home, put the destination on the
what you most need last!
each box carefully!
also want to pack a box of essentials. These are items you're likely
to use once you arrive in your new home. Include items like:
bags (a lot of them!)
plates, cups and plastic utensils
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Todd - REALTOR
Remax Professionals Inc., Brokerage
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