Holy cow you bought a home! Congrats! After all of the thinking, talking, looking at MLS, viewings, second viewings, bank appointments, chats with your parents or chats with your kids, and a compromise (but not too much compromise!) you've finally found your home. Now what?
It's time to make a list and check it twice...
Four Weeks Before the Move:
Time to purge! We all have stuff that hasn't seen the light of day for months, maybe even years. You know – that bread maker that you made bread with that one time. 7 years ago. Or maybe you have a museum of old ski/snowboard equipment in your basement? It's time to sell it, donate it to a worthy cause or a friend in need, or trash it. Trust me, it feels really good!
Book your movers and give yourself a decent window of time to ensure you’re able to book on the day you want to move. If you need a recommendation, I can definitely send some contact information your way for some trusted companies that even I have used myself!
Arrange for your mail to be redirected. Either take stock of the mail you receive and change the address with each utility/bank/school, etc. before you move, or you can forward your mail directly with Canada Post and change addresses as mail arrives at your new address. Remember not to change your address until AFTER you've taken possession.
Start emptying out the fridge, especially the freezer. Get creative with meal time to use up what you have and be sure to purge that fudge that’s been in your freezer since Christmas 2010!
If you have young children, start talking to them about the move. Change can be very exciting for kids, but it can also be scary. Promises of setting up their new room how they want it, picking paint colours for their room, or dare I even say donating old toys that can find newfound love in the hands of another child, are all great tactics to getting children on board with the move. Preparing children for the change will make the transition easier for all involved!
Two Weeks Before the Move:
Still have that hedge trimmer from your neighbor? Time to give it back and while you’re at it grab your step ladder and paint brushes that they haven’t returned yet!
Ask if the new owners want your extra paint and if not, dispose of it properly along with any other hazardous products.
Arrange shut off and new start dates for hydro, gas and water, and contact your cable/internet provider so that they can be hooked up shortly after moving in to your new home.
Planning on getting the carpets cleaned or the whole home cleaned before moving in? Now’s the time to schedule that, too!
Start making a floor plan or room list for furniture placement. This makes moving day a heck of a lot smoother.
One Week Before the Move:
“Oh God, oh God, oh God, we’re moving in one week!” Relax, you got this! You’ve been following along with the checklist, right?!
Finish packing your clothes except for what you plan on using for the week. If that means the same outfit for seven days in a row, so be it!
Take down any curtains or mirrors you’re taking with you. Might as well pack up that laminated Van Halen poster from the 1999 reunion tour now, as well!
Make sure the garage or shed is in good shape with hoses drained and lawnmower ready to go.
How’s the fridge and freezer looking? Still got that fudge?
Maybe it’s time for another trip to the Salvation Army to get rid of more stuff (not the Van Halen poster, obviously!)
Were you up late? Get three hours of sleep? Don’t worry, that’s normal for these situations, unless you followed my steps and got eight hours of beauty sleep and you’re bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to take on the day!
Make sure the movers know what is fragile/valuable so they can place it accordingly in the truck and wrap it up with an extra layer of bubble wrap.
Plan to stay in the old house until everything is packed up and the moving bill is signed off. It’s always best to do a final walk through to make sure nothing is left behind.
Now’s the time to say your goodbyes and be sure to take a moment to cherish the memories you made! On the drive over to the new place, look forward to new memories that will be created! Wait, you locked the windows and doors before you left the old place, right?
Try to get to the new house before the movers so you can be the supreme supervisor and direct furniture/boxes as per your master plan.
Once the movers have left and you’ve checked that nothing has been broken in transit, have a seat on your couch, take a deep breath and relax! You did it! Now would also be the perfect time to pop open a bottle of wine and order a pizza.
Congratulations, you’re home!