Properly packing your belongings and valuables for moving day can be a bit of an art. You can pick up specialty boxes for a variety of different items from your local moving supply store or we can provide it for you. Place heavy items in small boxes and light items in large. Tape them shut and be sure to label them to their designated room.
This is a perfect time to get rid of some of the less desirable things that have been taking up valuable space. Try first to find someone who could use them before carting them off to the landfill as we have all heard the saying “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure”, besides dump fees have risen substantially over the years.
Don’t forget to transfer your utilities and other accounts to the new address. Moving expenses are tax deductible if more than 40km. Keep all receipts.
Pets are best transferred in a car with the friendly faces they know to make them more at ease. Defrost the freezer and clean fridge the day prior to the move.Help children become accustomed to the idea of moving by allowing them to pack some of their favorite toys, games etc. Leave the moving to us as we have the experience and equipment to get the job done right.
Helpful moving tips
- Plan to spend the entire day at your house with the movers. Do not leave until the movers have finished loading and departed.
- Do a final check to see that everything has been loaded.
- Give directions for your new address to the driver as well as contact numbers to reach you prior to delivery.
- Lock all doors and windows and leave your keys with the appropriate parties.
- Meet movers at your new address and assist them with supervising the move in.
One Week Prior:
- Place manuals and instructions in clear view for new occupants of your current home.
- Plan temporary care of small children during the move.
- Arrange luggage for necessity items needed during the move so they aren’t accidentally packed in the truck.
- Arrange to have utilities turn on at new home.
- Defrost refrigerator/freezer 24 hours prior to the move
- Double check details with the moving company and verify which form of payment is preferable.
Two Weeks Before:
- Begin major packing now.
- Ensure automobiles are in good repair so as to avoid any surprises around moving time.
- Arrange use of elevators with building management if moving to or from an apartment.
- Schedule disconnection of appliances for the day before your move, or the moving day itself.
- Take care of loose ends, ie: dry cleaning, last minute banking, anything that reduces stress and clears your mind for moving day.
One Month Before:
- Assuming you have chosen Mountain Movers for your move, call us to confirm your move date, costs, etc.
- Begin packing. Start with items most infrequently used in your household.
- Clearly label each box, its contents, and which room it’s destined for. Essentials should be packed last.
- Valuables such as jewelry and important files should be transported personally.
- Notify local post office of your change of address
- Consider leaving your phone number with a trusted neighbor so they can inform you of any mail left after you move
- Inform the following parties of your change of address: banks, credit card companies, insurance, newspapers, utilities, etc.
Six Weeks Before:
- Time to order supplies: boxes, packing materials, tape, bubble wrap, etc. Consult Mountain Movers in this regard.
- You will need specialty containers such as wardrobe and book boxes.
- If possible, schedule a visit to your new home to take dimensions. Ensure in advance that your larger pieces of furniture will fit through doorways to their desired room.
Two to Three Months Before the Move:
- Conduct a thorough walkthrough of your home and decide what you wish to keep and what to discard
- Consider a garage sale before planning a trip to the landfill.
- Research moving companies before deciding who will conduct your move
- Request a written estimate, especially if your move is considerable.
- Start a file containing all info regarding the move
- Instruct children’s school to transfer records to your new district.