How to Prepare for a Big Move

As you’ve probably figured out by now in your home owner’s journey, moving is a big deal. While there is a whole load to deal with on moving day, there is unfortunately a lot to do before then, especially if you want to make the move as painless as possible.

Here are a few things to do, and a few questions to ask yourself before the big day:

Things to do before you move:

  1. Make a budget. You had a budget for the actual home you bought, but what about the actual moving costs? Make a budget, and be realistic with what services and materials you will really need, and which would just be a nice to have. Having and sticking to a budget will help reduce the guilt later on of overspending!
  2. Set a timeline. Always give yourself more time then you think you will need to organize service providers (like a moving company), purchase packing materials, pack the entire house up, and clean.
  3. Make a list of packing materials you will need. Make a full list of everything you think you will need, like how many boxes of which size, and how many rolls of tape and bubble wrap. Then, consult your budget to see how much you can afford. It is always a great idea to ask friends and family if they have any spare boxes from their last move if you need more!

Questions to ask yourself while you prepare to move:

  1. Does hiring a moving company fit in my budget? Yes, hiring a moving company can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to move on the day, as well as helps with the load. But, this can be pricey.
  2. Who can you ask to help? If hiring a moving company does not fit within the budget, rather ask a few friends and a family for a favour rather than over extending your wallet. You should be able to find some who will jump at the opportunity to assist you, especially if there is a pizza and beer bonus at the end!
  3. Is moving insurance worth the cost? If it is within budget, you have hired a moving company, and you are moving some extremely valuable goods, you may want to look into it!
  4. Do I need to rent a moving truck? If you hire a moving company, chances are the price comes with a truck. If you are not, do you have budget to hire your own? Do you have friends or family with pickup trucks who could lend a hand instead?

Once you have your detailed plan laid out, the hardest part is out of the way. Good luck with your move!

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