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Moving Season: Tips and Checklists for Tenants

Essential advice for tenants planning a move.

Moving season can be both exciting and challenging for tenants. This blog post provides essential tips and checklists to guide tenants through a smooth, stress-free moving process.

1. Create a Moving Timeline:

Develop a moving timeline that includes notifying utilities, scheduling movers, and packing. A well-organized timeline ensures a systematic approach to the moving process.

2. Purge Unnecessary Items:

Take advantage of the move to declutter. Purge items you no longer need, reducing the number of belongings to transport to your new home.

Oprah Winfrey once told the audience that at the beginning of each year, she would hang all of her clothes with the hangers facing in one direction. When she wore an item of clothing, she would put it back with the hanger facing the other direction. At the end of the year, any hangers not turned would be donated.

3. How to Organize Boxes When Moving:

Labelling boxes with their contents and the room they belong to simplifies unpacking and will speed up the time required by your hourly-rate moving company or beer and pizza-consuming friends. In addition to clearly marking the location for the box to end up in, move all of the boxes to your foyer. The amount of time saved avoiding running up and down the stairs will play nicely on the pocketbook.

4. Notify Important Parties:

Ensure a smooth transition by notifying important parties of your move, including utility providers, the postal service, and your current and future landlords, insurance companies, etc.

5. Book Elevators and Register with Condo Corporations

If you’re moving into a condominium building, the property management company probably requires that you register as a resident, register your car, your pet, your firstborn, and the elevator for moving day. The elevator booking may require a physical deposit, and they may only permit it on certain days, so make these plans well in advance.

6. Organize Priority Items

Make sure that anything you require to be easily accessible, such as kitchen utensils and plates or electronics to keep the kids busy, end up in boxes that are unloaded first –which means loaded last, and they’ll be ready to open when you arrive.

7. Register for Mail Forwarding

No matter how often we ask people to do this, we’re constantly collecting mail for previous landlords and tenants. No matter how detailed you were in updating your address with everyone, some companies or the government will not have it updated… pay the money for a year of forwarding.

Moving season doesn’t have to be chaotic. With careful planning and organization and these tips, tenants can navigate the moving process with ease. Stay tuned for more valuable insights on property management.

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