You've just signed the paperwork on a new home - congratulations!
When the excitement of purchasing your new place wears off, the reality of having to move sets in. There’s no way around it… hardly anyone we know LIKES moving, but the fruits are always worth the labour! It’s a bit of short-term hassle and discomfort with a longterm pay-off - but there are a few ways to make it more manageable!
Here are our (proven) tips to keep you sane and organized during the move:
Don’t pack things you don’t want to move with! NOW is the time to purge, purge, purge. Recycle, repurpose, and gift anything you don’t love enough to pack and relocate to your new home.
2. Pack a little bit each day
If time is on your site, avoid boxing up your old place in one fell swoop. We suggest setting a packing quota per day (say, one room per day) and sticking to it.
3. Switch your utilities
Timing is key when it comes to this step. Once you have a closing date, phone the utility companies and set up a service switch.
4. Set aside the basics before the moving truck comes
Pack a special box or bag for each person with some basics - toiletries, change of clothes, and other essentials. Make sure these stay in the car (if you’re driving to your new home) or on each person so they don’t get lost in the chaos of the moving process. This way, you’ll have a semblance of normalcy in your new place - and sure to have what you need.
5. Unpack as much as possible and visualize life in your new home
The best time to get started in your new home? NOW! Unpack as much as possible so you’ll feel grounded and settled in no time. For any of those extras, create a Pinterest board and start planning of how you want your home to look and feel.
6. Meet your neighbours
Yes, moving stinks - but be sure not to wear a sour face when you’re unpacking the moving truck! No matter how busy your moving day is, be sure to take the time to be friendly and wave to your neighbours and to introduce yourself. First impressions are key, and the groundwork you lay today can set you up for a lifetime of friendship and a sense of community in your new digs.
7. Discover the local resources
Once you’re unpacked (mostly, anyways!) take a walk around the neighbourhood, check out the community centres and resources, and ask your neighbours for their dining and entertainment recommendations. If you have kids, go through their walk to school or the bus-stop too!
There’s just a few of our tried-and-true tips for making moving a breeze - well, as much as it can be anyways.