Moving into a new home in Vancouver, British Columbia (or another city) is a very exciting time for any family. For many people the new home has amenities or features lacking in their previous house. As moving day approaches you may become anxious to get settled into your new home so you can start enjoying it.

If you have hired residential movers like Premiere Van Lines you can rest easy knowing we will be handling all of the hard work. While it is true that there are things that only you can take care of relating to a move at least the lifting, loading and unloading of your furniture and other possessions won’t be your responsibility.

There is however some things you can do in advance to ensure that the move-in goes smoothly. Here are some useful tips to make this happen:

1. Have Packed Cartons Properly Marked

If you are like most people you will have tens of cartons (or more) with all of your packed belongings. Make sure that the correct room designation is clearly marked on the outside of the carton. That way the right cartons will end up in the correct rooms. This will make it easier for you to unpack. It will also eliminate the necessity of moving cartons from one room to another which is time consuming and physically exhausting. You can even consider creating a colour coding system for all of the rooms in your new house. If you do this, make sure you give a copy of the colour template to your moving crew, so they know which room corresponds to which colour.

2. Draw a Floor Plan for the Furniture Placement

Rarely are two houses laid out exactly the same so it is useful to have a floor plan that will help the residential movers put your major furniture pieces where you want them. Of course a professional moving company like Premiere Van Lines will reposition some of your furniture but having a floor plan will make the move-in more organized.

3. Arrange for Utilities to Be Connected

Obviously you want your electricity, heat and water to be turned on for the move-in. This is especially important if you are moving in the winter when the days are shorter and colder.

4. Clear Access to the House

Again if you are moving in the winter months make sure that ice and snow is removed from your driveway and walkways. Also if there are access doors at the back of the house that might be used to bring some of the furniture in, take time to clear a pathway to that location.

5. Inspect House Before Movers Arrive

Hopefully the previous owners have had the courtesy to do a light housekeeping and remove debris from the house when they moved out. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, so just be prepared.

Like for anything else in life, doing some advance preparation for your move-in will make things go more smoothly.

For more information about local or long distance residential moving call our Premiere Van Lines Vancouver Branch at 604-530-2221 or contact your local Premiere Van Lines Office.