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Moving Tips from LaPorte Moving – Part 3

Moving Tips from LaPorte Moving – A 3-part Series

Part 3 – Details and Moving Day

Moving Tips from LaPorte MovingDon’t forget The Little Big Details

Once your things are packed, you’ve hired your movers, and you’ve set a moving date, you can relax. Or can you? It’s easy to forget about essential tasks while caught up in the process of planning your move.

If you have children, school is an important part of the moving process. A new place usually means a new school for your children. Enrolling your children at a new school may not sound like a daunting task, but if you leave it to the last minute, your unpreparedness can cost you a lot of extra time.

So here’s what you need in order to enroll your children at school, if you haven’t figured it out already:

-          Birth certificate and Carecard information

-          Purchase Agreement or Rental Agreement of new home (these must be signed)

-          Emergency contact information for at least two people

Moving Day!

Your moving truck has arrived and the movers are ready to load your belongings in the truck.

One piece of advice I can offer is to TRUST your movers. LaPorte’s professional movers have been working together for years; they have strong work ethics and work as a team. You hired our movers for a reason – because you trust them to move your belongings to your new home.

Here are a few tips for moving day!

Tip 1. Let the Movers Do Their Job.

It is okay to hang around and watch the movers do their job, but professional movers have a system that works. If you start to micro-manage on moving day it would just slow down the moving process. So don’t be afraid to go grab a cup of coffee or read a magazine.

Tip 2. Don’t Invite People Over.

I know it’s exciting to show off your new place, but having people around professional movers will distract the movers and slow down the process

Tip 4. Unpack the Essentials First.

Once the truck is unloaded it’s time to unpack. Where do you start? Unpack the essentials first – now is the time to open up your ‘open first’ box! As you set up your new home, you will need to be able to use the washroom and you are bound to get hungry, so unpack the bathroom and kitchen first. It doesn’t matter where anything else is at that point, a functioning kitchen will make the house more welcoming because you need to feed your family.

We at LaPorte Moving hope that your moving day goes as smoothly as possible and that you and your family settle into your homes quickly. Take a look at our other moving tips blog posts for more information to help you move.

Moving Tips from LaPorte Moving – Part 1

Moving Tips from LaPorte Moving – A 3-part Series

Part 1 – Be Organized

Moving Tips from LaPorte MovingSo you have decided that it is time to move. You realized that you have outgrown your home and decided you want to start a fresh, new life in a new home.

Tip 1. Be Organized.

One thing to keep in mind is that June is the busiest time for moving. Many families and individuals are moving into new homes. Before you jump the gun, think to yourself ‘when is the right time for me to move?’ Determining the right time for you to move is the essential first step to ensuring an easy move.

Tip 2.  Always Keep Your Budget In Mind.

Your budget and the duration of your move go hand in hand. For example, I bridged our financing so that we could have an overlap of 10 days with both homes. This gave me time to look over my budget and settle any further tasks. You never know when may pop up.  

Tip 3. Make Lists

I strongly suggest that everyone who is moving should become an avid list maker. I love lists, and if you didn’t know, the simple act of crossing something out gives you a feeling of accomplishment (it’s a psychological thing). If you want to go even further, create a binder just for moving. The binder will save your life. It is a good way to keep calendars, lists, and contact information all in one place.

It is never too early to start preparing for your move – the earlier, the better! I suggest taking around 6 – 8 weeks to…

Tip 4. Start Sorting

Don’t rush the sorting process. It is a good time to involve kids as you can get them thinking about what they want to take to the new home and what they don’t. I find setting up two laundry baskets, one for clothes being kept the other for clothes being donated (which I later sort through to see what isn’t in good enough shape to donate), is a great and easy way to get the family to do some sorting. If your kids are anything like my daughter, they like the idea of donating things better than throwing them away. It definitely makes the process a little easier.

Tip 5. Sort the Pantry

At LaPorte Moving, we collect on behalf of the Food Bank. Please bear this in mind as you sort through any non-perishable food items that the Food Bank could use. Set your Food Bank donations to the side for the movers on moving day, and we will deliver them to the Food Bank.

Part 2 – Packing is coming soon.