6 tips for packing up.
Moving house is no simple feat. You’re already leading one hectic life, but now you’re dealing with movers, building managers and elevators, *and* emotions. Moving that mountain—of clothes, books, and kitchen supplies—can overwhelm…but don’t let it get the best of you. With a little organizational magic (and a decent amount of caffeine), the climb can be more “grassy knoll” versus “Blackcomb.”
To help, we’ve put together the ultimate checklist to streamline the process. Here’s to an “easy move.”
1. Think ahead
Moving date? Check. Now, find your movers/BFFs to ensure you have a team in place for the big day. And don’t forget to book the elevators—in your old building and your new building, too (read: avoid hefty fine and icy glares from neighbours).
“Start purging before you start packing,” suggests Chai Phadoemchit, owner of moving company Bungobox. “I’m a big fan of Mari Kondo. Throw out what you don’t need.”
Less stuff for your movers to move is not only a $$$-saver; it’s an opportunity to start off in your new space clutter-free.
3. Sort mail
Think about mail forwarding a few weeks before your move to ensure no bills (birthday cards with *bills*) are missed. And remember to update your address—think driver’s license, car insurance, renters’ insurance, Nexus, bank, plus your great aunt in Ontario.
4. Call for hookups
Utilities and internet, that is… Make the call for electricity and/or gas. Then, call your internet provider to coordinate the cables.
5. Pack smart
Make packing and unpacking a breeze by labelling each box. The team at Tranquility Movers suggests buying bright-coloured office labels to identify boxes by room (e.g. blue for bedroom). Stick the labels on the sides of your boxes so you can read them when they’re stacked.
Extra tip: Wrap fragile items tightly in clothing—don’t lose your vintage glassware collection to breakage.
6. Prep to Inspect
Are you ready for your move-out inspection? Have you hired a cleaning crew? Don’t lose that security deposit—make sure the home is clean throughout, including the fridge and stove, cupboards and closets, windows and walls, bathroom fixtures, and carpet. Filled in the holes in the walls? Yes? Good. It’s time to hand over the keys, and head over to your new place to complete a move-in inspection (to ensure appliances, smoke detectors, and door locks in working order).
Make it this far? Time to pop the bubbles! Welcome home.