Moving to a new home in Edmonton can be an exciting but daunting experience. From packing up your belongings to settling into your new space, the moving process requires careful planning and organization. Whether you’re moving locally or relocating to a different city or country, there are a few things to remember to ensure a smooth and successful transition for you and your family.
Write yourself a moving checklist
Moving is complex, overwhelming and exhausting, so having a detailed checklist is important to keep track of everything you need to do. A list can be great because you can cross off tasks as you complete them, which feels really good, and you can keep track of your progress! Start by listing all the pre-move jobs: decluttering, moving any services to your new home, and getting all of your packing supplies. Under your “during the move” list, include jobs like hiring a reputable moving company or renting a truck, packing your belongings, and ensuring the safety of any pets or plants during the move. Finally, post-move tasks will be unpacking, setting up utilities and services at your new home, and updating your address where necessary. Your moving checklist will serve as a roadmap, guiding you through the entire process and helping you stay on top of all the crucial details. It will provide peace of mind, reduce stress, and help you transition into your new home.
Purge unnecessary belongings
Decluttering your home is a crucial step that allows you to streamline the moving process and make it more efficient. Take the time to go through each and every room, assessing all of your belongings. Do you have things that you have a special sentimental attachment to? What things do you no longer need or use? Anything that is in good condition might be able to be sold, or you can always donate gently-used items to a charity or a donation center! Decluttering your home can bring a sense of freshness and organization to your home, making it a lot easier to start packing things away that you are keeping.
Transfer or cancel services
You will have to notify several parties when you are moving to a new home in Edmonton! Take the time to inform companies in advance so you can minimize any disruptions to service and ensure a smooth transition to your new home. Call Canada Post and set up mail forwarding from your old address to your new one so you are still getting all of your necessary mail. Notify your utility companies that service your electricity, gas, water, internet, etc., so they know to move services to your new home. Some companies only service certain areas, so you will need to give yourself time to find a new provider. Update your bank, credit card companies, insurance providers, and any other financial institutions you’re associated with.
Pack for success
Packing efficiently helps protect your belongings and makes unpacking much easier and more organized. Start by gathering sturdy moving boxes in various sizes (Realty Unleashed gives you moving boxes for free!), packing tape, and protective materials such as bubble wrap, packing paper, or foam peanuts. As you pack, label each box clearly with its contents and the room it belongs to; this will save you time and effort when unpacking, as you’ll know exactly where each box should go. Pack similar items together and group fragile things separately with appropriate cushioning. Packing an “essentials” box with whatever you’ll need immediately upon arrival, such as toiletries, a change of clothes, and basic kitchen supplies, is also a good idea. By packing efficiently, you’ll have a smoother experience moving to a new home in Edmonton, reduce the risk of damage to your belongings, and make the unpacking process much more organized and manageable.
Working with Realty Unleashed
If you are beginning to think about moving to a new home in Edmonton and are in the market for a REALTOR® who can assist you in the home buying or home selling process, we would love to hear from you. Our listing services – lawn care, eco-station and donation centre runs, home staging, etc. – help reduce stress for you and hopefully make the transition into your new home much easier. You can fill out the form below; someone from our team will get back to you soon!