When moving, sometimes you tend to concentrate too much on organizing the house you are leaving and forget about the house you are moving into. It is important to get the new house organized before you move in, to avoid added stress and take less time to settle in. If the new house is nearby and easy to commute to, then it is possible to make plans for both houses at the same time. How you do that is not a very difficult task when you have a plan. Here are some helpful tips from Montreal movers:
Visit the New House Before Moving in
After the initial visit of the new house when you secured it, you need to go back and see what you need to do to make it ready for move-in. If you live with your spouse or a room mate, consider splitting the task of organizing the two houses between yourselves. Agree who will handle which house and what needs to be done. Stick to your roles so that you do not find yourself tackling tasks that are not yours. If you are single, request a friend to assist you with both tasks to minimize the work load.
Organize Any Repairs, Reconnect and Test Utilities
Have power, gas, water, phone and other utilities reconnected by the suppliers. Check that they are working well, that the water runs, the electrical sockets and light switches have power, and appliances and bulbs light up. Look for any leaks from the toilets, bathrooms, all sinks and water faucets inside and out. Fix the areas not working or have the caretaker do so if you are moving to an apartment building. Check small areas like door knobs and locks, window shutters, toilet handles and plumb bobs. Test all doors to make sure they don’t stick when you try to open them. Oil creaking hinges and fix broken windows.
Clean the New House
It is easier to clean a house when it is empty. Clean the whole house, thoroughly scrubbing all surfaces, walls and floors including the kitchen drawers and cabinets, as well as the built-in bedroom wardrobes, and then line them with clean paper. Wipe wooden surfaces with a damp cloth and do not forget the windows. Check for any pests inside drawers, particularly in the kitchen, bedrooms, storage, and dark areas. Get a fumigator to get rid of pests before you move in. Use strong bleach or disinfectant for extremely dirty areas, such as the bathroom and toilet. If the walls need a fresh coat of paint or wallpaper, this would be a good time to have them done to avoid moving heavy furniture while painting or plastering.
Organize the Furniture Placements on Paper
Go through all the rooms, putting into consideration all your belongings. Have a writing pad and pencil to put it down on paper, preferably by making floor plan renditions of the new house and drawing in where the furniture in each room will be placed once the items arrive. Having this plan allows you to arrange your house when the movers are bringing in the furniture, so that you can you use the time saved to unpack the other items and put them away.