Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Moving 101 continued

Two or Three Weeks Before Your Move:

As your moving dates gets closer, here are a few things to consider.

  • If you haven’t booked your mover be sure to do so now. When choosing a moving company, talk to your friends and ask who moved them. Find out what the service was like and if they were reliable and affordable. Another idea is talk to your superintendent. They see a lot of movers and get to know the good ones and the ones to avoid. Also, check the Better Business Bureau website. They keep track of complaints and whether or not the mover resolves issues peacefully or just ignores complaints. Another place to check is the Canadian Association of Movers. They can direct you to some certified movers.
  • If you’re moving yourself verify truck rental arrangements. Also, confirm moving details with friends or relatives to avoid unpleasant surprises on moving day.
  • Try to pack everything you can live without. Things always get chaotic at the last minute. The more you have done now the less stressful it will be for you later.
  • Create a master list of items you have packed and categorize what room they will be placed in. This will make unpacking a lot easier. It will also help you to know if anything went missing in the process. Record the number of boxes you packed.
  • Verify start dates for services at your new residence- telephone, electric, gas, water and Internet services.
  • If you are relocating begin researching the amenities at your new location – gymnasiums, schools, places of worship, vets. Etc. This will make the transition easier.
  • Begin to use up or safely dispose of flammable items, oil based paints, bleach, cleaning supplies and lighting fluids that are not safe to move.
  • If applicable ask your doctor/dentist to have your medical records transferred.
  • Take back any library books or videos.
~More tips from Andrew Brown next week.
By: Sharon Osvald and Andrew Brown

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