For some, it is practically an annual tradition, for others, it is a difficult task that they would prefer to avoid at all costs. No matter which clan you are in, here are some tips and tricks for moving efficiently.
Do not underestimate the time and effort this will take and start the process several weeks in advance. Ask for leave on the day of the move and the next day if possible. This will allow you to sit well so you do not live in boxes too long.
To call a mover?
It depends on your budget, your desire to roll up your sleeves and your ability to assemble a team of family and friends.
If you use a company, ask for more than one quote. This should be as detailed as possible to avoid any misunderstanding. Make sure you know exactly how the hourly rate calculation works. For example, the company might charge you the time needed to travel from their location to your home.
Outside the peak season (May to July), it may be easier to negotiate. It is also possible to save money by carrying out certain things yourself and leaving large furniture and appliances to the professionals.
Some makeshift movers appear in the classifieds, but this will be at your own risk. It is advisable to do business with a company with insurance, in addition to being registered with the Commission des transports du Québec (CTQ) and the Canadian Association of Movers (CDA). It is now also possible to consult the opinions of former customers on the web.
When the move is complete, check the condition of your property right away. In case of breakage, you could submit a claim to the company. It is therefore important to address this subject in advance to know what is offered to you as a cover.
If you have to rent a truck, get ahead of time and do not be afraid to shop around. Do not forget to include an estimate of the cost of gas since a truck consumes a lot of fuel. Some credit cards offer insurance if you use it to pay for the rental. Check with your institution to find out if you are covered.
Make your address changes
Make your address changes in the month before “D day”. Start with the government agencies (revenue agencies, SAAQ, RAMQ) and ask them if the change will be effective elsewhere so you do not have to communicate with others unnecessarily.
If your move is during the peak season, contact your telephone, internet and cable provider as soon as possible to arrange an appointment that will coincide with your arrival.
Here are other companies and institutions to remember:
- Banking institutions and credit cards
- Gaz Métropolitain
- Home delivery services (newspapers, magazines, etc.)
- Canada Post: You can also request the mail forwarding service.
Preparation for the move
Change of address is also a good reason to re-evaluate the inventory of one’s possessions. In order to ease the move, depart from what is no longer used. Maybe it’s an opportunity to organize a garage sale, give charities or post online some items that may be of value to others.
Start by boxing or bagging what will not be useful by the time of the move and tag each of them. The closer you get to the big day, the more you can get the rest of your effects.
A reminder: a move is also a good opportunity to make a backup of its digital data.
Make sure to keep these items readily available as they will be crucial in the last moments:
- Basic tools (screwdriver, retractable blade knife, hammer, work gloves, wrench, pliers, etc.)
- Tape and rope
- The necessary to clean (mop, broom, linen, cleaning products)
- First aid kit in case of accident
- In the last few weeks, avoid storing too much food and buy the minimum required. A cooler will be useful for transporting what needs to be refrigerated.
For your first days, consider buying food that cooks and consumes easily. This will save you from having to handle dirty dishes before you have undone the boxes.
Once you are at your destination, do not scatter boxes and other effects too much. This will allow cleaning without being too crowded. By the way, here are some tips and tricks for cleaning.
Finally, if you are one of those who are thinking of leaving the family nest, have you considered the option to become an owner right away?