You’ve decided to downsize, found your new home, and now it’s time to prepare to move. The size of the move and how quickly you want to make decisions about what you are going to take and what you would like to do with your additional stuff dictates how quickly move preparation will take. At Gordon’s we create a custom moving plan for each of our customers once we understand your goals and desired timelines.
The move preparation plan includes the following tasks:
- Pre-Sorting and Organizing - This is an important step in the process as it’s the time to determine what to take, what to distribute to family and friends, what to donate, what to throw out and what to sell (if the volume and potential sale value of goods is high enough to warrant the sale option). There is no sense in taking things that you have no room for or are not appropriate for your new lifestyle. Our recommended rule of thumb is, “If you love it and have room for it, keep it.” otherwise, let it go. In general, we do not recommend storing things to deal with them later, as the value of most items will only go down while the carrying costs of keeping them just leads to more expense. In addition, we recommend moving room to room, touching items as few times as possible and making the sorting decisions all in one pass. Note, if the volume of contents is high enough, resist the urge to throw out or donate things that are low value because an online auction process can be used to sell everything from tupperware to cars.
- Planning the Move Logistics - Coordinating the movers, elevator reservations (as required) and any assistance that will be required for packing/unpacking, as well as obtaining the packing materials required.
- New Space Floor Planning and Storage Planning - Planning out how to set-up your new space in a functional and safe way and thinking through how you will use storage space effectively at your new home will naturally guide decisions around what to take.
- Packing - The key here is only packing things once based on how you have sorted the contents. Pack up the items for their final destinations i.e. donation, friends/family or your new home.
- Utility and Service Provider Cancellation or Transfer - Notifying the gas, cable and hydro companies etc. of your upcoming move are important processes to make yourself aware of ahead of time, given that the processing times for the related requests can vary by provider. Typically the person moving has to make these arrangements directly due to privacy rules as the organizations will only speak to the account holders. Then you can make the appropriate arrangements approximately a month prior to moving.
- Change of Address Notifications & Updating IDs - Advising banks, pensions, CRA, doctors, lawyers, dentists and any other service providers that you use of your move is a good thing to work on a couple of weeks prior to your move. Also, you can’t forget to update your health card and driver’s license and any other IDs with your address on them. Similar to the utility and service provider notifications above, these notifications often have to be coordinated by the person moving due to privacy rules.
The experienced move management professionals at Gordon’s can assist with the above tasks and pick-up the additional work that you don’t want to take on. Our approach to helping customers involves guiding you through the downsize process, allowing you to make informed decisions, while we do all the planning and heavy lifting.
If you or someone you know is planning their downsize project and would like some helpful free checklists to get organized, download them here. If you are interested in learning more about how Gordon’s can help with a downsize move, contact us for a free no obligation consultation today.