Stress-free summer moving tips

Summer is one of the best times of the year to move. The weather is warmer, the kids are out of school and there are typically more homes on the market.

As exciting as moving can be, it can also be a very stressful process if you don’t have everything in order. Don’t let the process of moving overwhelm you. Apply these useful tips to move like a professional.

Schedule your move
Once you’ve confirmed dates, book your moving arrangements. Weekends are especially busy, with time slots often filling up weeks in advance. Opt to move your belongings on a weekday if possible. Whether you’re renting your own truck or using professional movers, book as soon as you can. If you live in a condo or apartment, remember to reserve an elevator with your property management.

Don’t procrastinate
Give yourself time to pack. Many people often underestimate the amount of items they have. Order moving boxes and packing tape, so you’re not rushed before the big move. Most moving companies will also supply packing materials and may even offer packing services. If you’re doing it on your own, label all boxes and identify which room they’re going to in your new place for a smooth transition. Remember to not pack personal documents or medication until the last moment. Consider packing a small suitcase or bag with essentials to use the night of your move.

Purge and document your belongings
Packing is the perfect opportunity to purge your wardrobe and create an inventory of all your belongings. Always document and estimate the value of your items in case they get lost or damaged during the move. Remember to share those details with your insurer to make sure you have the home or tenant insurance you require to be adequately compensated in the event of a loss. Insurance companies like Belairdirect offer a downloadable personal inventory form to help you keep track of everything you own. As a reminder, keep this document in a safe and secure place to minimize stress if you need to use it.

Update your address
Finally, don’t forget to send a change of address notice. You’ll need to notify the various levels of government (federal and municipal tax offices, provincial health and licensing departments, etc.) as well as your bank, insurance company, utilities and any newspapers or magazines you subscribe to. The postal service also offers mail forwarding options for a small fee.

Find more information and the downloadable inventory document at belairdirect.com

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