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Moving in, moving out: How to make your move go smoothly

June 02, 2016
Moving in, moving out: How to make your move go smoothly

We are coming up on the summer months, which is one of the busiest moving seasons, not only due to the climate change, but there is less hassle because the kids are out of school. In Quebec, July 1st is unofficially considered national moving day. The warm weather this time of the year makes it an ideal opportunity to transition into a new living environment. Regardless of the timing of the move, moving can be a very frustrating experience, especially when it is not properly planned and executed. The more prepared, the smoother the move will go. The following are some great tips that will help smooth your moving process.

1. Make plans for how you will move your belongings

In the instance in which you may be planning to borrow a van or a pickup truck from a family member or a friend, you will want to make sure to plan it well in advance and avoid scheduling conflicts. If you are planning on renting a moving truck or hiring a moving company, it is in your best interest to start conducting research as soon as possible. It’s also important to review your insurance coverage with the rental agency as well as your personal insurance provider.

2. Label boxes by room

Use a thick permanent marker to label all packages and boxes by room, so that when they arrive at the new location they can be unloaded directly into the room where they will be unpacked.

3. Seize the opportunity to purge

Moving is an ideal time to purge your belongings you no longer want or need. Over time, we all amass a bunch of items we rarely use, so this is the perfect time to say goodbye to those items. Why spend time packing and moving items that you will eventually discard? Having a yard sale prior to conducting a move is another great way to purge.

4. Prepare an essential kit

Make sure to stay organized by preparing a moving day kit that includes items you will need immediately. The items can include medications, toiletries, phone chargers, sheets, etc. Be sure to keep this one box aside and labeled!

5. Hook up your basic services

When moving into Montreal apartments, it will be necessary to confirm what essentials will be managed by the landlord and what you will be responsible for. Make sure to schedule what needs to be connected prior to the move date.

6. Treat your movers

Whether you are paying the movers or you have friends helping you as a favor, make sure to treat them to food and drinks. The crew will appreciate the cold drinks, especially on a hot summer day.

Moving into a Montreal apartment that suits your needs and desires can be a fulfilling experience. However, if you don’t plan properly, the move can become a nightmare.

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