How to prepare for moving day
by Agent Rebecca Johnson – Real Estate Sales Representative
I’m just gonna say it: moving sucks. Take it from me – I have done it 17 times!
There’s really no way around that, but it can be a lot more tolerable and a lot less stressful. There’s one proven key element that will make the difference between a problem-free move and a chaotic one. It’s ORGANIZATION! Here’s a list and our best recommendations for an easier and more efficient and ORGANIZED move. (You can download a full size copy of this on our website here: https://teamkate.ca/moving-checklist/ )
One of the most important and often forgotten tasks is…CLEANING! Obviously we are all busy on moving day. Most of us even close two homes on the same day! However, once we leave with the moving truck, it’s important to consider the condition we’re leaving the home in for the new owners. Be a champ and welcome them with a clean home!
– Clean out appliances such as stoves, microwaves, refrigerators, freezers. Nobody wants to open the fridge at their new home and find old rotting food.
– Rooms should be left in “broom swept” condition. Meaning, once your stuff is moved out, sweep up those long-lost dust bunnies so the new owners don’t have to, or better yet, do a quick vacuum of the space.
– Give the counters and remaining surfaces a quick wipe-down. It’s just a nice courtesy.
– Only leave items behind that are relevant to the home you’ve sold. For example, extra tiles from the bathroom, extra cans of paint that match the rooms, or any other supplies that “belong” with the house. This does NOT mean leaving a bunch of junk you don’t want, or can’t be bothered to move. Your trash might not be the new owners’ treasure!
If you absolutely can’t imagine having time to tackle a bit of cleaning on moving day, consider hire a cleaning crew to do it for you! They can even be there while you are moving out so you can lock up knowing that it’s done & taken care of. Best money I ever spent!
Moving day, itself, is really the easy part as you’ll spend most of your time packing and unpacking before & after. But if you want everything else to go as smoothly as possible, you’ll need to prepare well. It’s a time-consuming and detailed process, but it’ll ultimately make your move significantly more simple and less stressful.