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Must-Do Checklist Before Moving: 10 Tasks Before You Go [Updated 2023]
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Must-Do Checklist Before Moving: 10 Tasks Before You Go [Updated 2023]

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Polysleep's Moving Checklist :

Moving shouldn't be a source of stress.

By preparing in advance and proactively addressing potential issues, you can experience a hassle-free move. We hope this comprehensive list of moving tips will be valuable to you.

  1. Plan Your Budget: Set financial limits for your move.
  2. Update Your Address: Inform necessary parties about your new location.
  3. Sort and Keep the Essentials: Prioritize important items for easy access.
  4. Gather Necessary Tools and Accessories: Get packing supplies ready.
  5. Measure Your Furniture and Decor: Ensure they fit in your new space.
  6. Start Packing: Begin organizing and packing your belongings.
  7. Hiring a Moving Company: Find and hire reliable movers.
  8. Prepare Your Moving Survival Kit: Pack essentials for immediate use.
  9. Plan for Pet Transportation: Make arrangements for moving your pets.
  10. Explore Your New Neighborhood: Familiarize yourself with local surroundings and amenities.

Picture this: It's D-Day, 9 am, and you find yourself nervously glancing at your moving list. The tension is palpable as you go through it once again. We've all experienced that overwhelming feeling. But fear not! In order to avoid the infamous moving stress, we've compiled a list of the top 10 things that you absolutely must not forget.

1. Plan Your Budget

Imagine if your moving budget covered more than just the expenses but also included pizza and beer for your friends. Sadly, that's not usually the case. Moving often comes with substantial expenses, so it's crucial to create a comprehensive budget that accounts for everything. This includes costs, such as:

  • Hiring a moving company
  • Gasoline (for long-distance moves)
  • Food for your new home
  • Connecting new internet service
  • Home insurance
  • Purchasing new furniture, and decorations.

Being aware of the total cost in advance will save you from any unpleasant surprises.

2. Update Your Address

It's easy to forget about changing your address amidst the chaos of moving. Ensure you update your address both at the provincial and federal level. For Quebec residents, the Service Québécois de changement d’adresse can notify six different departments with just a few clicks. Additionally, remember to update your address with:

  • Your bank
  • Insurance provider
  • Hydro-Québec
  • Internet and television service provider
  • Credit card companies (if separate from your bank)
  • Employer
  • Any magazine or newspaper subscriptions.

Don't forget to notify Canada Post to redirect your mail to the new address.

3. Sort and Keep the Essentials

Creating an inventory of your belongings should be one of the first tasks on your moving list. This is the perfect opportunity to declutter and decide what items you truly want to bring to your new home. Bid farewell to old, oversized furniture that no longer fits the new space and consider recycling items like worn-out mattresses.

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4. Gather Necessary Tools and Accessories

To wrap up your moving preparations, ensure you have essential items on hand, including an abundance of boxes, duct tape, scissors, and old newspapers for fragile objects. Trust us; you can never have too many boxes!

5. Measure Your Furniture and Decor

Before hauling all your furniture and prized frames to the new location, take measurements to ensure they will fit in the designated space. Some pieces may be too large for certain homes, and planning ahead will prevent unwelcome surprises. Consider logistical aspects such as elevator accessibility if you're moving to a higher floor.

6. Start Packing

Begin boxing up items that you won't need immediate access to before the move. Certain moving companies offer discounts if you've already packed your belongings, so take advantage of this opportunity and pack as much as you can in advance.

7. Hiring a Moving Company

While enlisting friends can save you money, they might not always be available or have their own moving commitments. Contact professional moving companies well in advance, as their schedules tend to fill up quickly. Confirm the moving date and inquire about their insurance coverage.

8. Prepare Your Moving Survival Kit

Avoid the frustration of rummaging through packed boxes by assembling a survival kit. Include items such as scissors or a portable knife for opening boxes, garbage bags, a toolbox, water, snacks, soap, towels, and don't forget the toilet paper!

9. Plan for Pet Transportation

Moving can be stressful for pets, so take precautions to ensure their safety. Arrange for someone to watch your pets on moving day or designate a secure room where they can stay. Consider how your pets will be transported, whether in a crate and at the beginning or end of the move.

10. Explore Your New Neighborhood

Once you've completed all the necessary preparations, there's one final task to add to your moving list: Take a tour of your new neighborhood! This will prove incredibly helpful when you find yourself in need of a quick bite or a burst of energy on moving day. Familiarize yourself with the nearest coffee shop to satiate your hunger, and identify the closest hardware store in case you misplace an essential tool during the move. By doing so, you'll minimize any potential inconveniences and ensure a smoother transition.

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