When you’re in the business of helping people buy and sell homes, you become familiar with moving. A lot of moving: hectic moving, unexpected moving, and sometimes I-can’t-believe-it-was-that-easy moving. If you’re moving this season, the best gift you can give yourself is time. Barring that, read our list to make your upcoming move easier for you, your pets, and everything in between.
Research moving companies: not all companies are created equal. Do thorough research to avoid using a company that packs your glassware and rock collection into the same box.
Start collecting boxes early: at some point, everyone has desperately raided the grocery store and packed their belongings into slightly soggy produce boxes. It’s best to avoid this. The LCBO and Wine Rack usually has decent moving boxes, and so do furniture stores if you ask politely. If you want to spend money and get the Cadillac of moving boxes, visit your local U-Haul or UPS store.
Declutter: now’s the time to get rid of unnecessary possessions. Though you may have fond memories of your college Led Zeppelin posters, do they really need to come to your new place?
Keep a box of essentials: you’re going to need some items right away at your new home. At the end of a long day, there’s no worse feeling than realizing that all your bedding is packed away somewhere in a sea of cardboard boxes.
Contact Utilities Kingston: don’t forget to close your current account and open a new one. New accounts can take up to five business days to process, so timing is important. Think ahead so that you can avoid paying utilities in your old home while you’re without water and electricity in your new one. To open or close a residential account you can call customer service at 613-546-0000 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Alternatively, click here to go through the process online.
Change your address for bills, magazines, etc.: though you may not miss the knitting magazine subscription you got for Christmas, make sure you change your address for bills that contain personal information.
Calm your pets: cats in particular aren’t great movers. They often know when something’s up, so make sure to block off their favourite hiding places. Nothing’s worse than having to drag your cat out of the crawl space 5 minutes before you’re scheduled to leave. If you have an anxious dog or cat, try using a calming aid like Licks. The brand makes a Cat Zen and Dog Zen product to help your pet relax. You can check out their products here.
Of course, no matter how much you prepare, something is bound to be chaotic! Keep an open mind, expect the unexpected, and make sure to have a chilled bottle of your favourite beverage (whatever that may be!) ready to celebrate your move (and your new home)!
And don’t forget, call Jenn Molleson, Sales Representative with Century 21 Champ Realty in Kingston to help you get your move started!