A Real Estate Agent’s Tips for Moving

17 April 2019
Robert Greenberg Team

Anyone who has moved can attest to the fact that the process is both exciting and intimidating. Aside from all the logistics of buying a house, selling your house, closing, and renovations, there’s also packing and the actual “moving” from one place to another.

Moving days are known to be chaotic, but if you follow these tips from Robert Greenberg and his team of Toronto realtors, that chaos will be organized, or even nonexistent.

Start Early

You always have more to do or pack than you think. Avoid the last-minute rush by getting organized at least a month (but preferably more) in advance.

Make a checklist of things you need to do and order the items by priority. You can start packing months in advance if you start with items you know you won’t use before your big move. Think seasonal items and clothing, guest room contents, special china, and sentimental items.

Purge As You Pack

While you’re already looking through everything you own as you pack, get rid of items that you don’t need anymore. Consider leaving behind anything you haven’t used/worn in a year, and almost definitely leave behind anything you haven’t used since your last move.

Organize your discarded items by whether they are in good enough shape to be donated, worth trying to sell, or are truly garbage.

Pack the Essentials Separately

Have any essentials that you’ll need the night of the move and the next day on hand. You’ll likely be too exhausted to do much unpacking right away, so make sure you have access to your toiletries, medication, and a fresh pair of clothes. Include cleaning supplies, light bulbs, toilet paper, garbage bags, and other essentials, too. Keep these items with you so they don’t get mixed up with the rest of your things.

Label Everything

Label each box on all four sides (top is unnecessary) so that you know what’s inside. Don’t feel self-conscious about the amount of detail you put on your box. Include what room it belongs in, the exact contents, whether its fragile or not, and what side needs to be up. Knowing exactly what’s inside each box will make it much easier to unpack and the rest of the information will be helpful to the movers.

If you don’t want to showcase the contents of your boxes, assign each box a number and take inventory of what’s inside on separate pieces of papers. Organize your inventory list by box number.

Change Your Address at Least a Week Early

Changing your address early will help you remember everything, and many places that need an address change need processing time. Don’t forget to inform:

  • Your utilities provider
  • Amazon
  • PayPal
  • Your bank
  • Subscriptions
  • The Government
  • Your place of work
  • Anyone else from whom you receive regular mail

Take a Picture of Your Electronics

Take a picture of the back of your television before you pack it so you can see how and where all the wires go. A photo takes about 5 seconds and can save hours of head-scratching and eyebrow-furrowing later.

Clean Before You Arrive

If you have the opportunity, take the time to pre-clean your new bathroom and kitchen before you move in. Include a new shower curtain liner, some bath towels, and toilet paper. You may want to take a nice warm shower after the long day of moving.

Protect Your Valuables

Store all of your valuables in a safe place on moving day and insure anything that’s valuable or breakable. If you’re moving a computer, back up all your important files just in case.

Find a Baby Sitter and/or Pet Sitter

If you have young children and/or pets, make arrangements for them to be elsewhere during the move. It’ll be hard to keep an eye on them while you’re supervising the move, and the constant opening and closing of doors will make it very easy for them to wander off.

Preparing your home for the move, although stressful, is the most straightforward part of the process. For the more complicated bits like buying or selling your home in Toronto count on Robert Greenberg, a top selling Toronto luxury real estate agent. Get in touch today!