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Moving Tips For 2022

Written on: June 2nd, 2022

June is typically one of the busiest moving months and this year is no exception with Calgary’s housing market red hot. It seems everyone knows at least one person who is moving this year. The heated real estate market has also created a high demand for self-storage as many people need a place for their belongings during the transition.

Moving can be very stressful without the right planning and preparation. Here are some tips to ease the stress and make your move as stress-free as possible.

Create a checklist

Put everything that needs to be done down on paper or on your phone. This will ease your mind knowing that you haven’t forgotten to check anything off the list. The checklist should include items such as creating a budget, packing each room, and hiring a reputable moving company (or getting help from friends). It should also include items such as changing addresses and transferring services over to your new home.

Plan ahead

One of the best ways to reduce stress from your move is to have everything planned well in advance. If you are going to be using a moving company, book as far in advance as you can. If you are not going to be using professional help, make sure you have plenty of packing and moving supplies and secure a truck or trailer for the move. If you are going to be using a storage unit, you will need to book in advance with how busy the facilities are in Calgary.

Remove your clutter

If you have too many possessions and you are not going to have space for everything in your new home, consider renting a self-storage unit. It is a clean and convenient solution as you can put extra belongings offsite until you have more room. Consider donating some of the items that you no longer need. There are many great causes around the city of Calgary. If you are looking to make some money to help with the move, having a yard or garage sale is very effective for quick cash.

Colour coordinate your boxes

Coordinate your boxes by putting a sticker on each box or bin. This helps once you move into your new home. When the kitchen items are one colour and bedroom items are separate colours, you can easily relocate each box into the proper room. This is efficient as it saves time opening boxes to see what is in each box. This will speed up the moving and unpacking process.

Use new packing boxes instead of used

We highly recommend using new packing boxes rather than used. Used boxes can be dirty and unsanitary. Old boxes could have been exposed to pests or chemicals. Old boxes also lose their strength and structural integrity over time as they travel over distances and are reused. You do not want a box to break during the middle of your move and damage your items.

Final thoughts

Moving can be stressful, but there are things you can do to remove this stress. Create a checklist, plan, remove clutter prior to moving, colour coordinate your boxes, and use new packing boxes instead of used. If you need a place or your belongings short-term (or long-term), self-storage is a great solution.

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