Moving can be an exciting time that usually signifies a new stage in life. Whether it’s your dream home, growing family or new job that has you packing up, don’t let the bustle stress you out. Here are four tips to ensure a smooth move:
- Book your movers.
Once you’ve confirmed moving dates, book your moving arrangements. Weekends and the summer months can be busier times. Whether you’re renting your own truck or booking professional movers, schedule them as soon as you can so you know you’re covered and won’t be left short of hands. If you live in a condo or apartment, also remember to reserve an elevator with your property management. A few days before your move date, confirm your truck rental or the scheduled arrival time of your movers.
- Be prepared.
Give yourself time to pack. Early on, order moving boxes and packing tape, so you’re not rushed in the final sprint. Most moving companies will supply packing materials and may even offer packing services. If you’re doing it on your own, label all boxes and identify which room they’re going to in your new place for an easy transition. Remember to not pack personal documents or medications until last, and also consider packing a small suitcase of essentials to use the night of your move.
- Purge and create an inventory.
Packing is the perfect opportunity to purge and create an inventory of your belongings. Many people underestimate the value of their things. Having an accurate list and sharing those details with your insurer will make sure you have the home or tenant insurance you require, so you can be adequately compensated in the event of a loss. Insurance companies like Belairdirect offer a downloadable personal inventory form to help you keep track of everything you own. Just remember to keep it in a safe and secure place. And rest assured, while you are moving, your belongings will still be protected by your insurance.
- Change your address.
Finally, don’t forget to send a change of address notice to the federal and provincial governments. Also notify other services and providers such as your bank, insurance company, utilities or internet providers. The postal service offers a mail forwarding option that may be worth exploring.
Find more information and the downloadable inventory document at belairdirect.com.