After a long, exhaustive search you’ve finally found an apartment or condo to call home. You’ve signed the papers and have a move-in date. You did it! But that’s not the end of the work. Moving to a new place can be a stressful experience, but with a little planning and forethought it can (almost) be an enjoyable experience.
Money can fix everything
If the thought of packing even one box turns your stomach, and you have the extra money, you can hire a moving company to pretty much take care of the whole move. From packing and unloading your belongings, to moving and unpacking them at your new place, you can alleviate a lot of stress of moving by paying someone else to do it. But moving can already be an expensive time, so doing things yourself can save you a mint. And that money can be better spent getting some new furniture or decorative pieces for your new digs.
Think inside the box
You’re going to need a lot of boxes, packing tape and packing paper to box up everything you own, so get a lot to start with, so you don’t have to run to the store mid-pack. You can rent or buy boxes from local moving and transport companies, but always look for free first. Check local online selling sites like Used Regina, Kijiji or Varagesale for boxes being given away or being sold cheap. Many local businesses like liquor stores and print shops often have a lot of extra boxes kicking around, so it doesn’t hurt to ask. Remember to stockpile your newspapers and flyers in the weeks leading up to the move to wrap delicate items, or ask your neighbours if they have any extra newspaper they are getting rid of (be mindful of the recycling day in your neighbourhood so you strike at the right time).
Don’t just pack, PURGE
Packing up your stuff is the perfect time to declutter. It’s a great opportunity for a fresh start in your new place. Be ruthless. Don’t just dump drawers of stuff in boxes. Take time to ask if you will use something in your new place and if the answer is ‘no’ or even ‘someday’ put it in a box to sell or donate. You’ll feel so much better when you move into your new place and don’t have to find spots for all the clutter you didn’t take care of. A fun idea if you’re getting friends to help you move is to stage a mini ‘free’ yard sale – let your friends take anything you don’t want as a thank you for helping you move.
How are you going to move?
Friends with trucks are better than gold on moving day, but you may want to consider renting a moving truck. It is an added cost, but the convenience and time saved by being able to take everything over in one or two loads makes it worth it, for you and your friends. Your friends will appreciate not having to burn their whole day waiting for the truck to come back and forth fifteen times.
Thank your friends
You really find out who your friends are when moving day comes around. So be sure to show your appreciation for all of their hard work. Pizza and beer are standard currency, but if you can think of an affordable and more personal thank you, even better. And remember, one of the best gifts is reciprocity – be sure you are available to help them with their move, renovation or landscaping when they call.