Prime Edmonton Real Estate - Yesterday, I stopped by my clients sold condo in Millwoods to give him his house warming gift for his new home in Beaumont and to collect keys for the condos new owner. While the idea of moving into a new home is exciting it is also met with an inevitable daunting task, moving!
Here are my top five tips:
5. Make sure your moving vehicle is big enough so that you only have to take one trip.
Psychologically, the move is so much easier if you only do it in one trip. Cost-wise, renting a giant 27-foot truck really isn't more expensive than renting a smaller truck. When you factor in the cost associated with two trips, the additional mileage and gas rack up. Most importantly, if you can assure your friends that they only have to help for one trip to load and unload, you're much more likely to have them come and help out. It's a win all around!
4. Make sure your possession day is in the middle of the month.
You will save yourself a lot of hassle if you avoid the 15th or the end of the month. This will leave you with a larger selection of moving vehicles to choose from. It will also save you time when you go to pick up and drop off the vehicle. I have heard stories of people waiting up to an hour and a half on either side of that exchange, adding even more frustration to a very long day.
3 . Make sure your possession day is in the middle of the week.
I usually prefer Wednesday or Thursday. The reason for this is two fold. One, is that if there are any issues with the closing, you're not stuck for an entire weekend without a property or paying undo fees and interest. The second, is that you can better organize your moving situation, get a few necessities into the unit, and set up a game plan for the big move before you actually do it.
2 . Try to find as many people to help you move as possible.
Now, I know that this one is kind of a no-brainer, but I put a little wrinkled on this one. Most of the time when I say that, people assume that I mean you only need to have a bunch of big strong men. This is not necessarily the case. Having anyone, whether it is the strongest person or the weakest person you know, can help to direct traffic and help with smaller items. This will benefit you in the long haul. Even something as simple as directing the movers in the right direction as to where each box or piece of furniture goes. It makes for a smoother move when you have more people on deck.
1. Hire help the smart way.
Now, this one might get me into a little bit of trouble with my mover friends, but I try to look for efficiencies wherever I can. If you are only taking one trip in an extra large vehicle, you can try hiring multiple people for only 2 or 3 hours to come and help. I've done this a few times through Kijiji, and although it's a little bit more expensive than buying pizza and beer for your friends after they help you, I find that it almost helps get it done quicker. If you tell the people that you're hiring that it's going to take a certain amount of time, stick to it. They know that you have an expectation and you treat them well by buying them coffee and donuts or whatever else. I was lucky enough the last time I moved to hire four people to help me load and unload the truck. I think I maybe lifted my own furniture on one or two occasions and everything was done in under 2 hours. They each got 50 bucks for two hours of work and we were unpacking before noon. Investing smart in something like this will absolutely make it a less stressful move.
And here's a little bonus tip:
If you are moving across Edmonton or from Edmonton to an outlying city like St. Albert or Sherwood Park, remember to map the route that you're going to drive very carefully. Sometimes, the major roads aren't the best roads to take, especially if you are driving a 27-foot truck that you've never driven before. As with all the other tips, it's about working smarter as well as harder!