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Moving - Jun 1, 2017

Simple tasks for a stress-free move

What to do before, during and after your big day

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There’s nothing quite as overwhelming as a big move. If you find yourself wandering around your house, scratching your head, unsure where to start – don’t worry. Connected has you covered with a handy checklist for making the dreaded day as easy and painless as possible.

Put together a move binder

Moving involves a lot of, er, moving parts. With dozens of balls in the air, it’s best to have all your paperwork in one place. Head out and purchase an old-school binder for all the hard copies of invoices and forms that are sure to follow. You can also use it to file all your to-do lists, address-change papers, documents from government agencies and move receipts from utility services, as well as any new contracts you sign in the process of moving.

Do your due diligence

You’re going to want to find affordable, reliable movers – i.e., guys who won’t show up three hours late and charge you for their five Tim Hortons breaks. Ask around, solicit Facebook suggestions and Google your heart out. It’s time-consuming to canvass social networks for A-list moving companies, sure, but you’ll be glad you put in the effort come moving day, when your team shows up on time, cheerful and ready to roll.

Declutter, declutter, declutter

There’s no point in paying someone to haul piles of old junk to a new place. Ask yourself: do you really need those takeout menus from two years ago? That Christmas sweater you’ve never worn? That broken transistor radio? Discover your inner Marie Kondo and become a born-again minimalist. If you haven’t used it in six months, sell it, give it away or donate it to charity.

Host a packing party

Once you’ve got a stack of boxes, bubble wrap and a stash of tape on hand, you’re ready to start packing up your prized possessions. This, of course, can take weeks. But why not save yourself some trouble and invite some friends over for an epic night of packing, gossip and pizza? Many hands make light work.

Stock up on snacks for the big day

Nothing greases the wheels of a move quite like sugar, salt and caffeine. Have lots of treats and refreshments at the ready, rewarding any and all movers, friends, helpful neighbours and passersby – not to mention your patient teens or toddlers – with chips, pop, fresh sandwiches and delicious donuts.

Clear your schedule

When you’ve wrapped up the big move and have unpacked your boxes, give yourself a couple days off before you hit the ground running. Now’s not the time for jam-packed social calendars and hanging your pictures. Rest and relax – you’ve earned it!

Want to make your move even easier? Visit Rogers Moves Concierge to find out how.