Take the hassle out of the big day with this simple home moving timeline that will help you get things in order and experience less stress when buying a new home and moving.
Two Months Before Moving
Start looking into truck rental services or movers that offer services between your departure and destination city. Get quotes and ask pertinent questions such as what they will and will not move. Houseplants, pets, light bulbs and toxic chemicals are items movers shy away from. Begin sorting and downsizing household items, taking time to get rid of what you don't need or want anymore.
One Month Before Moving Day
Make arrangements to transfer utility services such as internet, electricity, phone and gas. Additionally, go ahead and fill out change of address cards with Canada Post to make sure mail will be sent to the new residence once the move is complete. Don't forget to transfer any prescriptions and/or obtain copies of medical records to provide new physicians with. Also, be certain to cancel any regular services such as landscapers, newspapers and housekeeping.
Two Weeks Until Moving Day
Begin disassembling large furnishings, closet systems or shelving units going to the new home. Finish packing up spaces like attics and basements and storage closets, as these items are rarely used. Decide whether a cleaning service should be employed to clean the old home after the move or the family will handle the task and make appropriate arrangements. Also, will someone be needed to keep an eye on kids and pets during the move? If so, schedule a sitter now.
Moving Week and the Big Day
Contact movers or the Priddis Greens truck company to confirm the date of the rental, and begin arranging boxes so that they are ready to be loaded in the truck. Keep things the family may need first set aside to go into the truck last or to travel by private vehicle. Have everyone pack a suitcase with personal needs and clothing for a few days just in case something goes awry with the moving truck. Keep prescriptions, chargers and other essentials handy, as well. On moving day, a bit of cash for tipping movers and other individuals assisting is also recommended.
Justin Havre is the top producing REALTOR® with RE/MAX First, Canada's very first RE/MAX brokerage. Calgary real estate is his passion; Justin specializes in Southwest & Northwest Calgary homes for sale. He can be reached at 403.217.0003 or contacted through this site.