Buying a new home is a major event in one's life, and packing up the old abode and transporting everything and everyone to the new dwelling can also be a majorly stressful event. However, with a little bit of strategic planning moving day need not cause mayhem. Here are four easy ways to ease moving into a new home.
1. Make a Moving Plan
Nothing simplifies the moving experience like having a solid and realistic plan. Create a countdown list beginning with the number of days or weeks until the big day, and start outlining goals to reach by set dates. Be realistic when setting target dates to reduce self-induced stress. Keep in mind the distance of the move, as the plans will likely be different for those moving across town versus those making a longer haul.
2. De-Clutter and Downsize
A surefire way to simplify any move is to downsize by parting with as much ‘stuff' as possible before packing. Go through each room with several boxes or bags labeled as trash, donate and sell and fill them up as much as possible with unused or outdated items. Sellable items are a great way to make some extra money, and there are charitable tax credits in Canada for many donated items.
3. Hire a Moving Company
While some homeowners may view hiring movers as a luxury expense, the services of these professionals can prove invaluable and don't have to cost a small fortune. Many moving services work by the hour and can be contracted to do as little or as much of the work as owners choose. Some of the perks of hiring movers might include:
- No heavy lifting for owners.
- Free or discounted moving supplies like boxes, tape and dollies.
- Eliminating the need for a rental truck.
- Efficiency and quickness in the process.
- Professional inventory and accountability processes give owners peace of mind.
4. Make Preparations for Pets
Pets often get stressed during moves, as their routines are disrupted when a household packs up their possessions. To prevent anxious pets from fleeing out of an open door or otherwise acting out, consider crating them or assigning them a space in a room separate from the action. It's advised to ensure that all pet's vaccinations are up to date, especially for those moving to Canada from another country. While there are no quarantine requirements for pets in Canada, owners will need an international health certificate, a copy of veterinary history records, and proof of mandatory vaccinations such as rabies when crossing the border with animals.
Those seeking additional moving day tips to reduce stress should contact a local Mackenzie Pointe real estate agent in the area in which they plan on relocating to.