Whether you have a studio apartment or a massive Old Victorian, moving is tough. You'll need to sort through everything, pack items securely, and even deal with the landlord to get a deposit back. Winnipeg Moving can ease your burden with our packing and unpacking services, but there is still a lot to be done.
To make the rest of your job easier, we've put together a list of our top 10 moving tips for a smooth move.
#1 Make a Moving Schedule
Try to make a moving schedule as early as possible. This schedule should include a to-do list and a calendar to help you plan what to do each week. It's helps prevent forgetfulness and keeps you from having to do a lot at the last minute.
#2 Consider Donating or Selling Items
Everyone has more stuff than they really need. When you move it's the perfect time to thin out your belongings. Start by sorting through the closets and basement. Make up three piles of items to:
- Give Away
#3 Photograph the Backs of Computers & Televisions
It's possible to waste hours trying to figure out how to reassemble the cable connections on your electronic equipment. Before you take anything apart, just snap a quick picture of the back of the case. These photographs serve as a helpful reference when setting your computers and televisions back up again.
#4 Create a "First Night" Box
After a long day of moving, no one wants to sort through boxes and bags to find their essentials. Make up a special first night box for your new home. In it, you should have a few of the things needed for daily life, including:
- Plastic Utensils, Plates, & Cups
- Outfits with Socks & Underwear
- Toiletries (deodorant, makeup, toilet paper, etc!)
- Towels & Linens
#5 Inventory Valuables
If you own some expensive items, make an inventory of them as you pack for a move. Also, check with your mover to see if they offer specialty services for valuables, such as fragile item transport or insurance.
#6 Set Up Utilities Ahead of Time
A week or two before your move, contact your utility providers and schedule a transfer of service to your new address. It saves you time and effort during the move. Plus, having the electricity and water on when you arrive makes unpacking easier. You might want to make a note of this task on your moving schedule.
#7 Pack Items in Clear Plastic Totes
Clear plastic totes are a great option for those who don't want to spend time labeling boxes. You'll be able to see at a glance what is inside each container. Totes are also useful for storing rarely used items later on.
#8 Buy Different Sizes of Plastic Bags
You will go through many plastic bags when you pack for a move. Head out to the store and buy extra garbage bags and zippered plastic baggies of a couple different sizes. They come in handy for keeping small items together, cleaning up, and even when packing clothing.
#9 Ask Movers About Non-Allowables
Many moving companies have lists of non-allowable items that they won't move. This includes chemicals, pets, plants, and food. Be sure to ask your mover for a copy of this list so you don't waste time packing these items.
#10 Take Photos of Your Clean Apartment
If you are renting an apartment, the last part of your Manitoba moving schedule should be to take photographs of each room after you've cleaned it. This can help you if the landlord tries to keep your deposit. Make sure the pictures show the window blinds, patio screens, and even inside closets and cupboards.
These moving tips will make a residential move less stressful. If you feel like you still need some extra help, give Winnipeg Moving a call or fill out our online form. We'll be happy to provide you with a free, no-obligation quote on our services.