Organize your move in 3 steps

Did you know that moving is one of life’s top 3 major stressors? In order to avoid a meltdown, it’s best to get organized in advance and be methodical. A few tips will help you be in complete control of the situation and ensure your move is a success. Follow our guide.

Reserve your movers or your truck

Whether you’ll be calling on professionals or taking charge of the move yourself, you need to make reservations as early as possible. Before choosing movers, you should check two things: cost and reliability. Shopping around is essential, because prices can vary greatly from one company to another. Compare prices online or call the companies directly, which will give you an idea of the type of service they offer. You can also reach out to your network to confirm the reliability of the companies you’ve approached. Punctuality, reliability, and service quality are decisive advantages when it comes to such an important event.

Plan, prepare, organize

Making lists has never been so important. Whether you’re all about the traditional paper-and-pencil method or a fan of apps, there is no shortage of tools to help you get organized. Canada Post has a moving checklist to prepare you for the big day. From your change of address to how you’ll be emptying your place, everything needs to be perfectly planned. When the time comes to pack your boxes, remember to label them to simplify the move into your future home. For those who are more meticulous, the French app i-Cartons (available on the App Store) lets you keep track of where everything is exactly.

Set the date

As soon as you can, set the date for your move. Keep in mind that peak moving time is during the summer, so it’s a smart idea to plan in advance to make sure you can enlist the help you need before schedules book up. If you are planning on asking your friends and family for help, Doodle lets everyone share their availabilities so you can find a time that works for everyone.

The Wunderlist app (available on the App Store and Google Play) lets you not only create your to-do list but also delegate tasks to those who are involved in your move. You can also set up a shared calendar, with Google for example, so you can see all the steps leading up to the big day. In any event, assign very specific tasks to everyone and don’t forget the all-important pizza-and-beer combo to thank all those who helped out.

Happy moving!

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