by Calgary Realtor Diane Kelly
To paraphrase an old Calgary real estate saying - the
three most important factors for a stress-free move are: planning,
planning, and more planning. Plan your move at least one month in
advance. Set up a moving expense book, and line up your suppliers -
movers, storage companies, delivery of new appliances or furniture.
Don't forget painters, carpet installers and other services working on
your new house prior to your move in date. I can help you
with special services and pricing from a broad range of trusted
providers to help keep your move hassle free.
Minimize the number of items you have to move.
Discard unwanted items, hold a garage sale, and collect boxes. Notify
friends, relatives, the post office, and companies you do business
with of your change of address. Don't forget about those companies you
might contact only once a year, such as life or car insurance
Contact your lawyer about the changeover of all
utilities. Some may be handled by your lawyer as part of the final
adjustments included with the sale. Others, particularly cable
television and telephone, you'll probably be instructed to handle on
your own. Try to schedule utilities and service connections before you
arrive at your new house - and book your appointments as far out in
advance as possible, or you might find yourself on a waiting list at
Make a floor plan of the new house and plan
where everything will go. Don't guess - take measurements of room
dimensions and major furniture items and then lay everything out. You
don't want pay movers an hourly rate to move that piano three times
because it doesn't fit! On moving day, provide movers with a copy of
your floor plan and lay down plastic sheets to protect carpets.
Prepare a list of the items you wish to move
personally such as jewellery and precious breakables. Pack your
pillows, a set of sheets and blankets, along with your nightclothes, a
towel and toiletries to take with you in your car. Then at the end of
a long and tiring day, you can get ready for bed without having to
sort through 50 boxes. You might also pack a lunch complete with
utensils, napkins, condiments, (and perhaps a wine opener?) to enjoy
your first meal in your home as a picnic amongst the boxes. And if you
like a cup of coffee in the morning, you'll want to pack the coffee
maker and all the fixings to take in your car as well.
These little things can add up to a pleasant
adventure on moving day, rather than an exercise in frustration for
you and your family. Call me more advice about
hassle-free moves. not only have we have been through this with our
customers, we have been through ourselves both on a local and
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