If you ask just about anyone who has done it, and there are very few who haven’t, moving is not an easy endeavor. It is an expensive, time-consuming, grueling, and seldom can it be considered much in the way of fun. Without taking some sort of organized approach, moving is one of those things that can wind up being a catastrophe. There are, however, steps you can take to steer clear of the pitfalls. Here are just a few of the best moving tips to avoid the most common moving calamities, to ensure your transition into your new home is as trouble-free as possible.
The Cost – Whether or not you decide to handle the move yourself, or hire a residential moving company, money is going to be spent. There are the unavoidable expenses like truck rentals, packing supplies, tape and moving boxes, fuel expenses, and sometimes even airfare. It is very important to start the planning process well ahead of time, and budget a bit of extra funding for emergencies because unforeseen problems have a way of coming out of nowhere. It would be wise to check your homeowners or renters insurance policies to determine if your belongings are covered while being transported. If you do decide to hire a Montreal moving company, definitely compare rates and services to find the best price, reputation, and customer service.
The Timing – There are obviously specific times of the year that represent the busiest moving seasons. In general, moving companies in Montreal will be booked up during these peak periods, therefore it is very important to book as far in advance as possible to ensure that the timing of your move can be maintained. Long before your day arrives, you need to plan, organize, and delegate tasks, and allocate sufficient time to accomplish each phase. If you are planning on moving all your belongings in a single day, you need to be very sure the time-frame is realistic, and that there is always enough help on hand to make it happen.
The Quantity – You may find, as most people do, that you have become far too attached to far too many things, and it is a real good idea to begun evaluating what stays, and what goes. The moving rule of thumb is to sell, donate, recycle, give away, or haul to the dump any belongings that have seen little or no use in the previous twelve months. The fewer belongings that have to be dealt with, the easier and more efficient the entire moving process will be. If you need to put some of these surplus belongings in storage, or hire any moving and storage services, make sure to allow time for this contingency.
The Sizes – More than likely, there will be some measurement problems, specifically when moving large items either out of the old place, or into the new. Be sure to take careful measurements of any large pieces of furniture or appliance to be completely sure it will fit through doorways, stairwells, hallways and so forth, as well as into its final location. This is especially true when it comes to relocating appliances.
The Directions – If where you happen to be relocating to is unfamiliar, take the time to map out the fastest and most convenient routes and coordinates, including providing copies to everyone involved with driving or transporting. If anyone is unfamiliar with operating an over-sized rental truck, just handling the driving is a job all by itself without having to deal with navigating in a strange town or city, especially if heavy traffic is involved. Be sure to make use of an online navigational tool like Google Maps, or a GPS system on your cell phone, and check the directions against the most current map, or try keep an up-to-date road atlas in each vehicle.