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Getting ready to move to a new home can be overwhelming – even if you’re just moving down the street. While a recommended and knowledgeable real estate sales representative can help you with many parts of the process, you’re on your own when it comes to packing!
Luckily, there are some great tips and tricks that can help make the process less stressful for you and your family:
Pack a box of basic necessities and keep it with you rather than putting it in the moving truck. This way, you won’t have to dig for everyday items when you need them right away in your new home. Some 'must-haves' are shampoo, soap, coffee mugs, tea or instant coffee, pens, paper, a small box of laundry detergent, scissors, a few washcloths and towels, toothbrush, toothpaste, plastic utensils, paper plates, and some minor first aid items.
Packing breakables can be the most time consuming part of preparing for your move. Fortunately, you can easily minimize the possibility of any breakage by individually wrapping cups, plates, bowls and any other fragile kitchenware. Using fabric items as the actual wrapping material saves space and weight - you would have had to pack them up regardless.
The best places to find free, sturdy boxes are grocery and furniture stores. Remember to ask for boxes in the first two weeks of any month; lots of other people are likely to have the same idea, and there may be none left if you wait until the end of the month.
One great way to save time is to use a system of coloured labels. Use different colours to denote different parts of the house. Place any moisture-sensitive items in clean plastic bags before packing in boxes.
Always pack the heaviest objects on the bottom and work up to those which are light and breakable. Chemical cleaners should never share a box with food items – even those that are canned or unopened. Criss-cross tape across the bottom of boxes then up the sides to prevent boxes from breaking open.
These helpful resources are intended to be a great starting point for getting ready to buy or sell your home. However, getting in touch directly with an experienced and knowledgeable Greater Toronto real estate agent or broker can help you get even more of the information and help you need. To contact the GTA realty sales representatives and brokers at Living Realty today, call us at the office closest you or CLICK HERE to fill out our easy-to-use online contact form.