How to Prepare Your Family for Moving to a New Home

Moving you and your family into a new home can be a laborious process with many moving parts. From repair projects to admin details, relocating your life is a hefty endeavor.

When you’re up against a fixed move-out date, a former home can start to feel like a madhouse. But this change of scenery is also exciting. Those who plan out a smooth transition often find themselves enjoying the move.

With savings and fun in mind, here are five tips to help you and your family move into a new home.

1. Keep a List

Having a plan will help reduce the stress of moving. Once the moving date is set, begin writing down what needs to get done. Keeping a list of priorities will help you stay focused, feel organized, and accomplish the tasks involved in your move.

This to-do list should include all tasks for both the new and the old house. As you consider your move-out, remember to:

  • Secure packing essentials such as boxes, tape, and pens
  • Complete any home maintenance, such as painting
  • Give your home a deep clean
  • Dissemble furniture
  • Confirm the moving company
  • Pay any remaining bills
  • Change your address with banks, service providers, etc.

For your move-in, jot down tasks like:

  • Re-keying the house
  • Big purchases to make, such as furniture
  • Renovations, if any
  • Unpacking

It’s helpful to estimate the time needed to complete each task. This will allow you to better manage your time and settle in as quickly as possible.

2. Map Your Floor Plan

It’s best to coordinate your furniture placement before the move-in day. This way, you can direct the movers to place the heavy items where they belong. You’ll save time and energy, reduce clutter in the house and garage, and create a place to unwind after a long day of unpacking.

Ask your realtor for the blueprints so you can get a measurement for each room, then measure all your furniture.

Once you’ve compiled the specs for each room, you can devise a floor plan that will accommodate your furnishings. With this, you can easily identify any gaps in your living space and what’s needed to complete your nest, as you move into your new home.

3. Prepare a Box of Essentials

An essentials box holds everything you’ll need for the first few nights in your new home. Put your snacks, clothes, toiletries, and cleaning supplies here so they can be found with ease. This will save you from rummaging through boxes and help you to breeze through move-in tasks.

You can make an essentials box for each member of the family. This way, everyone will have the contact lenses, medications, or pillows they need to feel comfortable during the move.

Be sure to mark the essentials box as “Do Not Move” so it doesn’t get packed, and consider storing it in the front seat to ensure it’s accessible.

4. Don’t Pay for Boxes

Boxes are critical to the moving process, so moving companies charge exorbitant fees for them. Expect to pay between $1.50 – $2.00 for a single 18”x18”x18” moving box in Toronto. Larger or custom-size boxes can range up to $20 each. Even for a family of minimalists, the cost of containers can quickly reach into the hundreds.

Though buying boxes is convenient, it may be an unnecessary expense. After all, there are many free and easy ways to source moving boxes from within your neighbourhood.

To find free boxes, you can:

  • Ask the produce department at your local grocery store for apple boxes
  • Ask friends and family for any boxes they have tucked away in the garage or attic
  • Bring boxes from your work or office space, such as printer-paper boxes
  • Post in local housing Facebook groups to see if anyone has boxes from a recent move
  • Check out back of large retailers like Costco for mid- to large-size boxes

5. Save By Moving During Off-Season

The cost of hiring professional movers can be sizeable. Moving costs will vary by company, and how much stuff you’re moving, but budgeting around $1 per square foot for your move can be a good starting point. This means that an average two-bedroom townhome can cost you almost $1,000 to pack and unpack with hired help. You can save money by negotiating with the moving company.

The best time to secure these savings is during fall or winter when fewer people are relocating. Because the demand will be much lower, you can expect to shave a couple of hundred dollars from your expenses.

Many homeowners are restricted by the seasonal cycles of the real estate market and struggle to sell their home year-round. In turn, these sellers are forced to pay a premium for all home-moving expenses.

Moving to a new home is a challenge. Whether you’re crossing city or province lines, there’s a lot to do – and little time. Prior planning will help you organize yourself and relieve any stress. You can use budget-saving tips to cut back on expenses, and perhaps buy yourself something nice with the money you’ve saved.

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