6 Things To Do Before Your Big Move!
Moving into a new condo is a big decision, and one that comes with major life changes. Are you ready for your move? This new condo checklist will help you create a structured plan, streamline your transition and prepare for a stress-free moving day in six easy steps.
Find the right condo
The first step to a successful move is finding a new condo you love. Consider the neighborhood as a whole in terms of school districts, local amenities, community events, safety and friendliness. Samcon offers all these advantages and more, with beautiful condos in some of Montreal’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Once you’ve chosen a condo, it’s time to start planning.
Setting a timetable and budget to move
Moving can take time, so make sure you have a plan in place before you pack. First, determine whether you need the help of a professional mover or whether you can move yourself.
If your belongings are minimal, consider renting a truck or van. This could cost between $500 and $1,500, depending on the distance involved. If you hire a company to help you with a long-distance move, costs can run as high as $5,000. Your workplace may also help compensate you for your move, so be sure to check with your employer.
Of course, the price of a move varies according to the size of your house or apartment, the date of your departure and many other factors.
Keep in mind that your schedule and budget should be set about two months before your move. This is a good time to ask for a long weekend and ask your friends and family to help you move in advance. The last thing you want to do is carry boxes on your own.
Update your information
Change your address with the post office at least two weeks before you move, and keep your friends and family informed of your new location. In addition to your address, you’ll also want to update the following with your current information:
-Wi-Fi and cable
-Driving licence and registration
-Delivery applications such as Amazon™ and DoorDash™
-Online rent or mortgage payment platforms
Moving into a new home is the perfect opportunity to start fresh and get rid of all the unwanted clothes, knick-knacks, decorations and other household items. If you haven’t used something in the past year, it may be time to donate it to your local consignment store.
Once you’ve identified all your belongings, be strategic about where each will be placed in your new space. Group your items by room, then make a list and label your boxes accordingly. This will minimize confusion once you start unpacking. Make sure you also mark boxes filled with valuables very clearly, and protect them using materials such as packing paper, bubble wrap, Styrofoam or thick clothing.
Deep cleaning and final presentation
Don’t forget to thoroughly clean your old home and make a final visit to make sure nothing has been forgotten. This step will also make your home more attractive to potential buyers or, if you’re renting, help you recover your security deposit.
You’ll also want to make sure you clean baseboards, ceiling fans, door frames, glass doors, carpets, tiles and walls. Take plenty of photos and videos to prove that you’ve left the premises in good condition, should any problems arise.
Get ready for the big day
You should complete all your packing before moving day, but set aside a few bags to fill with essentials for you and your family during the moving process. This can include comfortable clothes, toiletries and pet food. Next, plan your last meals and clean out your refrigerator. You can opt for takeaways if you’ve already packed your kitchen.
Finally, make sure you get a good night’s sleep before your move. Whether you’re facilitating the movers’ loading process or carrying the boxes yourself, you’ll need plenty of energy and an early start.
Once you’ve arrived at your new condo, do your shopping, set up your bedroom and bathroom essentials and enjoy the first moments of the next chapter in your life.
Thinking of moving into a new condo, but still looking for the right plan for your family’s needs? Explore Samcon’s move-in-ready properties in Montreal’s best neighborhoods and find the home of your dreams today.