KAMLOOPS REAL ESTATE
HOME BUYER'S GUIDE: MANAGING YOUR MOVE
For most of us, moving ranks among our least preferable activities... there are many other things we'd rather be doing. However, the work and effort involved in moving all your belongings to your new home is well worth the effort. With some advanced planning you can make your move more manageable. The more time you spend organizing your belongings, the less stress and load you'll carry on that day. Moreover, as the weeks roll by and you get closer to moving day, the following checklist will go a long way to relieving some of your anxiety.
8 to 12 Weeks Before:
- If you're planning on hiring a mover, call around for estimates. Hourly rates vary and spots fill up quickly - especially during peak times!
- Check with your accountant regarding moving expenses. Depending upon the type of move and location, costs may be tax deductible. If your employer is covering your move, ensure you keep records of moving expenses.
- Now is a great time for a garage sale. Clear items from the basement, attic, storage shed, etc. Conduct an inventory of your items. For items you haven't used for the past year consider taking them to a local charity. If you have many items to donate, many organizations have a free pickup service.
- Seek out information about your new community. Investigate schools, shopping facilities, medical facilities and other items you'll need.
- Gather your personal records: medical, dental, school reports, motor vehicle insurance, banking documents, credit card statements, mortgage documents, magazine subscriptions. Prepare and call for a change of address.
- Safely dispose of hazardous and flammable products such as paints, gas bottles, cleaning fluids and oils.
- Begin to use up items you'll not be moving like frozen foods, cleaning supplies and gardening items.
- Contact tradespeople to make arrangements for any work that needs to be done such as repairs, removing light fixtures, house cleaning services, dismantling waterbeds, dismantling of satellite equipment.
4 to 7 Weeks Before:
- Consider the transportation of pets and plants. If necessary, consult with a veterinarian to ensure your pet's safety and comfort.
- Contact utility companies at your old and new address. Keep your phone and utilities connected at your current home throughout moving day.
- Update your home, auto, renters, medical and life insurance to reflect your move.
- If you're moving yourself, purchase boxes or begin collecting them from friends and local businesses. Begin packing items you don't use on a regular basis. When packing be sure to mark the contents of the box and location. You'll save much time when unpacking and the movers can easily carry the boxes to their appropriate locations.
- Confirm your moving date with your mover.
- Close accounts in your local bank and open accounts at your new branch.
2 to 3 Weeks Before:
- Clean outdoor equipment and toys. Drain any fuel from your lawn mower and other machinery and ensure that water is drained from hoses.
- Defrost fridge and freezer. To avoid mildew, ensure they're completely dry before moving.
- Cancel deliveries and services such as newspapers, house maintenance, milk, pool service, diaper service, etc., and have them redirected to your new address.
- Withdraw contents of your safety deposit box, pick up any dry cleaning, return library books and the like. Consider how you'll transfer your valuable belongings. It's better to keep them with you during the move.
- Give away plants that aren't being moved.
1 Week Before:
- Prepare a survival kit. Keep this in your car so you'll have all the personal items you need, like toothpaste, pajamas, change of clothing, papers, etc. handy when you need them.
- Organize and keep the items you're taking separate from those going in the moving van. This way they will not get loaded in the van in error.
- Be sure to get plenty of rest the day before your move. Being alert and well-rested helps to make the move less stressful.
- To keep your children safe and to ensure their comfort, you may want to have them play at a friend’s house or attend a day care center on moving day.
- Arrange to have trades arrive at your home to disconnect any appliances that require professional removal.
- Clean out the food from the fridge and freezer.
- Take a final look in rooms, drawers and closets to ensure nothing has been left behind.
- Before leaving the property, ensure that all windows are secure and that water, gas and electricity supplies are shut off. Place keys and documents in the agreed location.