5 Moving Day Tips to Ensure a Smooth Move
Moving from one home to another in Victoria, British Columbia (or really any city in Canada) can be an exciting time for a family. When you are moving, there are so many things to take care of unless you have made the smart decision to employ a professional moving company like Premiere Van Lines to help you through the process.
Move out day and move in day can be chaotic but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 5 moving day tips that will go a long way towards making your move a smooth move.
1. Packing Assistance
Ask anyone who has ever packed up the contents of a house and they will tell you that it is hard work and far more time consuming than ever expected. You can avoid the stress and the exhaustion that comes from this onerous task by leaving it to the professional movers.
If your budget doesn’t allow for a full pack, then at least consider having the professionals pack your fragile and breakable items like china, crystal and collectibles. These items take the most time and packing expertise to ensure that they arrive at destination in pristine condition.
However, if you had decided to do all your own packing and then find that you can’t complete the job before moving day, help is at hand. Simply call Premiere Van Lines (or your chosen mover) a day or two in advance and arrange to have them come in to complete the packing.
2. Prepare for Final Night in House
If you choose to spend your final night in the house you are moving out of then you need to plan for the bedding you will be using. Since sheets, blankets/duvets and pillows are relatively bulky, make sure that there are several large (6 cube) cartons setup and assembled with bottoms taped securely. On the morning of the move you can quickly pack up these items so that everything is ready when the moving truck arrives.
3. Pack a Load Last Carton
Your first night in your new home will be a lot more comfortable if you pack a box of “essentials” that can be easily accessed once the moving truck leaves. Basic necessities like tooth brushes, toothpaste, soap, a few towels, a change of clothes, toilet paper, garbage bags, light bulbs etc. will come in handy.
4. Arrange for a Light Housecleaning Service
Most people want to leave the home they have sold in fairly clean and tidy condition for the new owners. It is really a matter of personal pride rather than a legal necessity. It is easier to do this once the house has been emptied of furniture. To make it easier on yourself, why not have your moving company make arrangements for a pre-vetted, light housecleaning service for you. This means a thorough vacuuming of floors, wiping down counters, cleaning toilets and removal of any debris left behind. This is not an expensive service and is well worth it. One other point, your new owners will be very pleased if you remember to leave toilet paper in bathrooms and light bulbs in light fixtures.
5. Scheduling Your Move in Date
If possible, it is wise not to plan to move into your new home on the same day as you close on the property. There can be delays in the process which can be frustrating. The last thing you want is to have to pay waiting time to the movers while they sit idle waiting for you to get a key. Similarly, you don’t want to try to move in while the sellers are moving out. It is much better to wait until they have totally vacated the house before having your movers arrive at the residence.