Saying good-bye to one neighbourhood and discovering a new one is an exciting adventure. But let’s face it, at the end of your home-buying process you may find yourself exhausted. After all, the other obligations in your life have not paused.
What’s more, now there’s another cost — moving. Whether you hire professionals or strong-arm friends into helping, be prepared for the cost of the move. Here are some suggestions on how to reduce the cost of your move, but let’s first look at how to prepare for the big day.
You will have noticed that your possessions expand to fill the space allotted. Guess what, if you’re moving into a larger home, you’ll be gathering more stuff, so start out right.
You’ll want to ensure that each item you own is well packed to minimize damage during travel. Whether you’re moving around the corner, across town or across the country, the moving process is always the same.
If you hire movers to pack for you, they’ll descend on your home with a crew of experienced packers who will seal, pad and itemize everything you own in a day or two.
During the move, you’ll want to make sure you’re insured while your belongings are in transition. Many moving companies also offer additional insurance.
On moving day, go through the house with the crew supervisor and have him take note of any special instructions. If there are items you will need first in your new home (like a crib) make sure they put it in the moving van last. The movers will also make note of the condition of your goods on a master list. It is your responsibility to make sure it’s accurate.
After the van is unloaded and your goods are unpacked, inspect everything and make note of any damage. While movers do unpack, they don’t put dishes or linens away.
If you are undertaking the packing process by yourself, it will take time. Pack well in advance, and take note of what you can really live without. You’ll have items that need special attention and other items that need to be disassembled. Label each box in detail and, if you know where it will go in your new home, put the destination on the box.
You’ll also want to pack a box of essentials. These are items you’re likely to use once you arrive in your new home. Include items like: