Vancouver is well known as a “short notice move out ” city. It can happen to you if you are renting a downtown condo that got sold or when you sell your home and the buyer wants to take possession sooner.
Most people forget how their last move was or have had many changes in their life since then. Families grow and in general we accumulate more stuff, which can lead to many problems with moving.
Here are the top 7 issues that lead to big moving mistakes:
Don’t underestimate how much you have. Open all the cupboards and closets, and take a look under the bed. Add 20% on top your estimate. Packing is the most time consuming part of every move. We at Vancouver In The Box will pack a full house in only one day, but most people need a month. There are many things to do prior to the move, so pack just a little bit every day.
So how come your car doesn’t fit in? Get out there and have a look. Yes, there are many large items, but are any of your belongings fit into boxes? Loose items can tremendously slow down the move.
If you’ve lived in your current home for a while, you will have some stuff that shouldn’t come with you. De-clutter that box with the “extra” cables and cords. Donate and recycle things you haven’t use for a long time. Leave room for new things in the new home.
Do you know where did they came from? If you have allergies, you could be introducing allergens into your home. Or how about bedbugs and silver fish? these live in cardboard and can hide until they arrive to the new destination – will that be your new place? We rent plastic rental boxes for our clients in Metro Vancouver. We will use new cardboard boxes for those who are moving long distance, but we never transfer them from client to client.
Would you choose to come home from a long day at work and go do more work?
Do not skip the labeling. In the new house things will be placed differently and it will be hard to prioritize the unpacking.
All your boxes will make it to the destination eventually, but that can be a very long day. Get organised and carry with you a backpack with a change of clothes, toiletries, a towel and a snack.
If your friends are professional movers you are lucky. Otherwise they can cause a lot of damage not only to your belongings but also to the homes you are leaving or moving into.
Plan ahead and hire professional packers and movers for a stress-free move.