6 Top Tips for Having a Stress-Free Move

Summer is the most popular time to move for a number of reasons. For one, the weather in Collingwood is great at this time and a good time to get your belongings from one home to another. Second, many families like to move in the summer so they don’t disrupt their kid’s schooling. After a hectic spring real estate market in Collingwood, many homes close in the summer months. If you are moving to a new Collingwood home this summer, you’ll want to follow these important tips to make your move as stress-free as possible.

1. Start organizing early

Believe me, 60 days goes by quickly, so you don’t want to wait until a month before your move to get organized. The moment your offer is accepted you should be organizing movers, asking friends to save the date and getting boxes in order.

2. Plan a packing strategy

Throwing a bunch of stuff into a box, sealing and then labelling it is the best way to never find your kitchen knives again. There are many apps and printable documents that you can utilize to help make your packing a cinch. Keep a master list of what’s in every box and what room it is in and goes in at the new house. Colour-coordinate with stickers that make it very easy to tell the movers where something goes and use different colours so you know which boxes need to be unpacked first.

3. Get quotes from a few different movers

If you are using movers, they are going to make or break the day, so you need to choose right. It is best if you can get a recommendation from someone and your real estate agent might know just the right person or company in the area who can help you. Get a few quotes and interview your movers to ensure you have the best fit for your moving day.

4. Purge, purge, purge

Why move things you never use that will probably sit in boxes for the next few months until they make their way back to storage? Consider that you are paying for every box – both in terms of supplies and moving costs and your time – so get rid of whatever you can before you move. Set up boxes marked:

· To donate

· To sell

· Trash

And get filling them!

5. Prepare a moving day kit

This kit should include important paperwork for your close, medications, toiletries and any other comfort items that you’ll want on the day of your move without having to look for them.

6. Prepare a tool kit

Once your boxes are all piled up in your new living room, the last thing you want to do is find the box cutters. Get a tool kit together that includes items like:

· Hammers

· Screwdriver

· Paper towel

· Box cutters

· Duct tape

· Nails and screws

· Measuring tape

Some items may need to come apart and be put back together and this tool kit will make doing that very handy.

If you need any help finding out more about moving into, buying or selling a Collingwood home, feel free to contact me at any time.

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