Moving: Preparation

A comprehensive guide to getting you into your new home smoothly

Hiring a Mover

When your friends and family know that you are planning your move, they will probably recommend moving companies to you, and Jamie will do the same.  There are also no shortage of moving companies advertising everywhere from telephone poles to the Internet!  You won’t have trouble finding a mover; the key is to ask the mover some key questions:

  • Do you have references?
  • Can I have a written estimate and outline of fees?
  • Will you visit my home and see what has to be moved, before giving such an estimate?
  • Do you charge a flat rate or hourly fee?

You will want to ensure that your precious possessions are insured during the move. Your home or property insurance may already cover goods in transit; just call your broker or insurance company to be sure you are fully covered.  Many moving companies also offer insurance coverage, but typically, professional movers will not be held responsible for items such as jewelery, money, or important papers.  It’s best to move these yourself to keep them safe.

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Costs Associated With Moving

The amount you spend on your actual move depends on your moving choices.  Here are some things to think about:

  • Do you need to hire professional movers or are you moving from an apartment, without too many possessions to worry about?
  • Will you hire a large company, or a smaller local moving company?
  • If you plan to move yourself, will you rent a vehicle?
  • Will you be paying for moving supplies such as boxes, bubble wrap and tape, or can you obtain these items at low or no cost?

There are also other costs associated with moving, apart from the move itself:

  • Changing the exterior door locks for security
  • Professional cleaning if needed, for both your old home and your new home

Moving Considerations & Tricks of the Trade

Packing Timeline

There is so much to think about with a move!  Jamie has organized some packing tips that you might not have thought of, by date – so you’ll not only know what to do, but when to do it all.

2 Months Before Moving Day:
  • Go through your home room by room and determine what you want to keep and what you want to throw out or donate.
  • Make a list of items in your home that need extra attention while moving or special packing instructions (i.e. computers, televisions, fine china, etc.)
  • Order boxes and moving supplies or begin collecting these items from grocery stores.  The LCBO is a great source for free, strong boxes!
1 Month Before Moving Day:
  • To make packing easier, begin with the items in your home you do not use regularly.
  • As you pack, make note of items of significant value, such as stereo systems, flat screen televisions and computer equipment.  Depending on your insurance agreement, you will need to declare items of value in case items are lost or damaged.
2 Weeks Before Moving Day:
  • Confirm your reservations with your movers or truck rental company.
1 Week Before Moving Day:
  • Most of your packing should be done by now!
A Few Days Before Moving Day:
  • Re-confirm arrival time of your moving truck.  If moving yourself, re-confirm your reservations with the truck rental company.
  • Prepare a detailed map and directions for your movers including a cell phone number you can be reached at on moving day.
  • If you are moving yourself, start dismantling beds and other large furniture.

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