Things to Help You Along The Way

Moving can be challenging. You are unsure of where to start, how to tackle the move, not to mention you don't want to forget any major steps.


I totally appreciate this mindset and it is the main reason I wanted to put this blog together for you to refer to. In it, I will have a few items that will make your move so much easier as well as a few service providers that you can utilize to help you along the way.


Packing


So when you are starting to tackle the package of your clothes and other items, the best approach I've seen is to tackle the rooms individually, this will help you to organize how things will be placed into the moving truck and how they will be offloaded in your new home.


For packing items like suits, dresses, and any other hung garments, I recommend getting your hands on wardrobe boxes to make your move the easiest. You can find some great deals on Amazon (link to a selection below). These were lifesavers and allowed us to not only pack our clothes but the associated hangers as well.

For packing regular items like shoes, accessories, etc I would recommend you try and save some money and go to Walmart or Superstore. These stores receive all of their items in box form and these boxes are usually disregarded when the items are placed on the shelves. Items like shoes come in a reinforced box, which would be ideal for bigger items like books.


If you aren't in luck with these stores, I've got a link below as well that you can use to purchase moving boxes.

Some other miscellaneous items that you will need are below.

Finally, to save your dishes and glasses, I recommend starting to save all the different newspapers, flyers, etc you receive in your home to ensure you are stuffing the boxes with these items so that they can be preserved during transport. But if you are worried about the issues with ink rubbing off on your fine china, I'd recommend some bubble wrap.


Furniture


We all have a love-hate relationship with our furniture. We love how they look, how they make us feel but we absolutely hate moving them around the house, let alone to a completely new space.


But not to worry, I have some things that can ensure your furniture is moved easily to your next home.


One of the first things you will need is plastic wrap. The wrap can be used with moving blankets for all your bigger items like sofas, beds, TVs, etc. When we were moving this was the best way to dismantle the beds, stick all the nuts and bolts to the plastic wrap with tape, and keeping everything in one place for the move. You can find the wrap and the blankets below.


Now that you have most of your private belongings all ready to go, you might also have some items on the walls that you need to transport. I know for us, in our home, we have many photos of the kids, memories, and certain items we cherish that we needed to move. The moving blankets and stretch wrap above will work well. However, when you do remove these items, you may have holes and scuffs to repair. You can use drywall putty and some paint to replace the holes if they are significant. If they are tiny, I wouldn't worry about it unless they are in the contract for you to repair. You can find the putty at your local store and online, which I have a link for below.


And of course, if you are going to be putting up these pieces again in your new home you will want to look at getting some no damage hanging stickers to utilize in the new home. I have a link for them as well below.


Now that everything is ready to go, how do you get it there? There are a number of different ways from asking friends and family for access to their vehicles on the day of the move to organizing containers to come a few days before to be filled and transported to full-out moving companies you can hire.


There are companies like The Big Steel Box (https://www.bigsteelbox.com) that will provide a container for you to place your items in. They will then pick up the box, and drop it at your new home for you to offload.


There are other companies like Tippet-Richardson (www.tippetrichardson.com) that are completely full service and will fill their trucks with your items, take them to the new home and offload them for you.


Finally, if the home is now vacant and you want to have it cleaned, there are professional cleaners that will do a complete move-out clean for you. One such company is Zen Cleaning Services (https://zencleaningservicesyyc.com/)


After the clean, you are good to go and you will be proud to give your home to the next owner.


There is a lot of support for you to help you along your way. As you are probably well aware, if you are my client, I'm here throughout the process and then some. Please feel free to reach out to me for anything you need or I might have missed. I'm here to help wherever I can.


If you'd like to get more tips or need some questions answered about your move, feel free to email me at aly@calgaryareahomes.ca


Take care & happy moving!


Aly





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