11 tips for an easy moving day
So you’ve found the apartment of your dreams and you’re all set to move! Well, now’s the perfect time to check out SSQ’s list of tips for a stress-free move.
Before moving day
1. Don’t leave it all to the last minute
Several weeks before the big day, confirm who among your friends and family members will be giving you a hand and book a moving truck, or call a professional mover.
Once you know who how much help you’ve got, you can plan accordingly.
2. Sort your stuff
Moving is just like travelling … it’s always more enjoyable when you keep it light.
Sort all your belongings into keep/give away/throw out piles and pack only what you plan to keep.
For whatever you decide to give away, use online classifieds or have a garage sale.
3. Get equipped
Cardboard boxes (or plastic containers if you plan to reuse them), markers, paper, tape, scissors, rope, garbage bags, etc. These are just some of the items you’ll need in your moving arsenal!
When packing, don’t be overly ambitious. Use smaller boxes to avoid injury.
To avoid wasting newspaper or bubble wrap, wrap your breakables in towels and other washcloths.
4. Pack methodically
After sorting out your belongings, wrap the items you won’t need until after your move.
By moving day, all that should remain is what you use on a daily basis, plus fresh food
To make things easier for the movers, write the contents on each box and the room they are to be put in.
When necessary, write FRAGILE on the box.
5. Make a list
When faced with the monumental task of moving, a to-do list is the BEST solution to keeping everything under control.
It is especially useful when there are two of you at the helm.
To avoid losing it in the clutter and to make it easy to update for both of you, save it in the cloud (rather than on your computer’s hard drive).
6. Call your insurance company
Your insurance premiums may change depending on where you are moving to.
Take advantage of this call to make sure your belongings are also covered during your move.
7. Make your change of address official
As soon as you know when you’ll be moving, start making calls to the people and companies below.
For the Government of Quebec, use the Service québécois de changement d’adresse. That way, your new contact information will be automatically forwarded to the following:
- Directeur général des élections du Québec
- Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale
- Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ)
- Retraite Québec
- Revenu Québec
- Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec
Be sure to add:
- Canada Revenue Agency
- Cable Companies (Bell, Videotron)
- Hydro-Quebec or GazMétro
- Government of Canada (employment insurance, election list, etc.)
- Financial Institutions
- Family Members
- Pharmacies and Hospitals
For your mail, ask Canada Post to forward it to your new address. There is a fee for this 4-month to 1-year service, but it definitely guards against losing important mail.
On moving day
8. Make moving day easy on your pets
Moving can be very stressful for cats and dogs, because they are very sensitive to all the excitement as well as the hustle-and-bustle.
Keep them in a room with water and food, or better yet, have them kittysat or doggysat for the day.
9. Be the host with the most (or hostess with the mostest)
If your family and friends are nice enough to lend a helping hand, be sure to provide food and beverages.
Eating pizza while sitting on an unpacked cardboard box isn’t such a bad way to end a day of backbreaking work is it?
10. Reduce the risk of injury
Ending your moving day with a visit to a health care professional is never good. And even worse if it is a family member or friend.
To reduce the risk of injury when moving heavy objects, use a trolley and straps. Think about wearing rubber gloves for better grip.
Here are a few more useful tips:
- Remove carpets and other cumbersome objects to avoid tripping and falling.
- Stretch and warm up your muscles before and after.
- Lift with your knees while making sure your feet are shoulder-width apart.
- Hold boxes against you to avoid unnecessary strain on your arms.
- Before lifting a heavy object with a partner, make sure you are of similar size and build. That way, you will share the load evenly.
11. Make an “essentials” box
To make moving in that much easier, prepare a box of essential items, such as:
- Toothbrushes and basic care products
- Utensils and plates for your first meals
- Cleaning products
- Service plates
- Change of clothes
It’s important to have all these items handy!
Happy moving day!