The day has arrived and there will be as much excitement as there will be sore backs. But you can take the pain out of moving day by planning ahead. Here are some tips for a smooth move:


  • Make a moving checklist that details a plan for things that need to be done weeks before you move all the way up to moving day itself.

  • Plan for packing by clearly labeling boxes with the rooms they are to go to. You might even want to provide a small floor-plan for the movers so they know exactly where to take them.

  • Make sure you get competitive quotes from reliable moving companies. Or, to save money, find out how much it would cost to hire a moving van yourself (and bribe your friends to help).

  • If you own your current Home, cancel your cable and utilities and transfer any rented appliances (like Water Heater or Furnace) to the new Home Owners. While you're at it, make sure to have the gas, electricity, cable and phone hooked up at your New Home.

  • Inform your key contacts such as work, Canada Post, doctors, friends, pharmacy, etc. of your change of address.

  • If you have children, make sure you talk to them and explain why you're moving and reassure them that the friends they've made can continue to be their friends. Ask for their opinion too on things like what colour to paint their rooms. Try and make it exciting for them.

  • On Moving Day, plan an easy meal like picking up some take-out. Moving is stressful enough without having to cook.


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