7 Step Pre-Moving Checklist For A Stress-free Move
You can substantially reduce the amount of stress in moving by planning ahead of time. Moving can be fun and exciting if you take it one step at a time.
Here are 7 steps to follow for a stress-free move:
- Create A Budget
- Purge Before You Pack
- Stock Up On Packing Materials And Moving Supplies
- Start Packing Early
- Change Your Address For Utilities And Mail
- Have A Plan For Your Pets And Children
- Rent A Self Storage Unit in St Albert
Create A Budget
Moving can be very expensive and most people underestimate the cost. About two months before your planned move, it’s a good idea to price everything out and create a moving budget.
If you plan on hiring a professional mover, get quotes and book one as soon as possible to make sure you get your desired moving date.
Price out packing supplies, gas and food for the day of, especially if you are getting friends and family to help.
Price out storage units as they are a great tool when moving. Get pricing for a variety of storage unit sizes as there are many options when it comes to self storage.
Always put aside some extra money as issues can always pop up and you want to make sure you are prepared for anything that may arise.
Purge Before You Pack
Go through your entire house, room to room, and start purging. Go through closets and donate any clothing that no longer fits or you haven’t worn in over a year. Go through any boxes that are still packed from previous moves. If these items have not come out of the box yet, they probably never will.
Look at all of your furniture pieces and really think about if you still want or need them and if they have a place in your new home.
It’s good to get rid of these items before you move so they don’t clutter up your new home and you don’t waste energy or money moving them.
Stock Up On Packing Materials And Moving Supplies
It’s important to have the proper packing supplies when moving. Stock up on boxes, in a variety of sizes, bubble wrap, packing paper, tape and furniture and mattress covers. Having the proper supplies will help protect your items while moving.
Always buy a little more of everything than you think you may need. Constantly running out to buy more supplies will cost you a lot of time and headaches.
At Riel Park RV & Self Storage, we have a variety of moving supplies to make your moving day easier. With packing boxes, wardrobe and mirror boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, mattress covers and so much more, we will surely have what you are looking for.
Start Packing Early
Never leave packing to the last minute. It takes a lot of time to pack up your entire home properly. Since you have already purged, you’ll have less to pack and it will be more organized. Pack up the items that you don’t plan on using over the next few weeks, such as seasonal clothing, decorations and décor.
Always make sure to label your boxes and mark any that are fragile.
Change Your Address For Utilities And Mail
About a month before you move, you will want to call all of your utility providers and let them know of the move.
It’s common to forget about a few people or companies to change your address with. Go to the post office and arrange for your mail to get redirected. This way, anyone you missed, you will still receive their mail and can change your address with them.
Have A Plan For Your Pets And Children
As much as we love them, our children and pets can get in the way when it’s time to move. Make sure to make arrangements for them to stay with a friend or family member while the move is taking place.
Rent A Self Storage Unit in St Albert
Renting a St Albert Storage unit, a month or two before your move, can be a big help. You can slowly move stuff into your storage unit up until moving day. This gives you less to move on the day of and also lets you unpack the items in the unit at your own pace.
At Riel Park RV & Self Storage, we have drive-up access and climate-controlled units in a variety of sizes. Give one of our storage rental experts a call today at 780-459-6435 or rent or reserve a unit online.