Moving to Your New Home

Moving can be tiring and stressful. However, you can minimize the stress by being well-organized. Moving starts with packing. Packing your possessions properly will ensure that they are not damaged in transit or when you unpack them.

It’s never too early to start packing, but start with the clothes that are not in season and items that you do not use every day. Gather packing supplies such as boxes, tissue wrap, newspaper, tape, scissors, string, markers, etc.

The following are some suggestions that can help your possessions arrive at their destination damage-free.

Packing

  • Gather more strong, cardboard boxes than you think you will need, which are more or less the same size
  • Reinforce the bottoms of the boxes with strips of packing tape
  • Wrap your breakable possessions individually with newspaper or tissue wrap before packing them in boxes
  • Stack wrapped dishes in boxes vertically, not horizontally
  • Pad empty spaces inside the boxes with balled-up newspaper, towels or linens
  • Pack heavier items at the bottom of boxes
  • Seal containers that contain liquids and dry ingredients with packing tape to prevent spillage
  • Remove bulbs from lamps
  • Place the hardware for disassembled furniture in plastic bags and label the bags
  • Pack one room at a time
  • Label the boxes, furniture and other un-boxed possessions (i.e. computers, entertainment equipment, etc.) by the name of the room from which they originated in your present home, and the destination room in your new home.
  • Write a list of the number of boxes, items of furniture and other un-boxed possessions that originate from each room
  • Add the number of boxes and identify the furniture and other un-boxed possessions

Moving

  • Tell your new address and telephone number to a couple of neighbours
  • Load the moving truck
  • Place garbage out for pick-up
  • Lock window and doors, and turn off lights
  • Before your drive away, check each room to make certain that nothing has been forgotten and compare your list to the movers’ bill of lading
  • Bring any discrepancies between your list and the bill of lading to the attention of the moving crew
  • Provide a floor plan for furniture and destination rooms so that the moving crew know where to place boxes, furniture and other un-boxed possessions
  • Check off boxes, furniture, etc. after they have been unloaded and brought into each room of your new home
  • Bring any discrepancies between your list and the bill of lading to the attention of the moving crew
  • Bring any damages to the attention of the moving crew
  • Unpack the kitchen first and the children’s bedrooms second
  • Don’t try to “blitz” the unpacking and placement all in 1 day
  • Enjoy your new home!