July 1st is the most popular day for people to move. After their spring listing sells in Markham, closing dates are usually for beginning of summer and the first makes the most sense. Unfortunately, July 1st is probably the worst day to move if you live in Canada. Because it is a holiday, stores, lawyer’s offices and other services that you might need on your moving day are shut down. As well, because everyone else is moving on July 1, good luck finding a truck, movers and any other moving resources.
If you want to have an easy moving day, there are a number of factors to consider. First, as we just talked about, the day you move is important. Since you probably can’t plan the month you move, you’ll have to change the day you move. The first of the month is the busiest day to move, so try to plan it for mid-month instead. As well, weekends are very popular moving days, so moving mid-week is also a better time to move as movers and trucks will be lower on reservations. You may even pay a premium for a weekend move.
Next, make a moving checklist to keep your move as easy and streamlined as possible.
Counting on other people to help you move could result in disaster. Of course your friends are all reliable and no one will back out that morning, or will they? Enticing friends to help you move with beer and pizza is admirable, but actually paying someone cold hard cash might ensure their presence on moving day. You still want to have the beer on hand, but not too much or your move might turn into the party you really weren’t ready for. In fact, skip the beer and have lots of cold pop and water in a cooler. You will also want to overbook the number of friends you have so you aren’t short on moving day. Too many hands is much better than not enough hands on moving day.
Some sources recommend having a moving task list, with specific duties assigned to each person (including yourself). This way you won’t have people standing around on a continual smoke break or with their hands in their pockets watching you do all the work.
Have everything ready to go the day before the move. There is nothing worse than open boxes and stuff still in cupboards on moving day. Even if you have to stay up all night, ensure everything is in its proper box and able to go right out the door. As well, make sure everything is clearly labelled so that it can be taken right to the correct room.
If you have some fine items or breakables, keep them in a safe spot off to the side and ensure you inform everyone that they are only for you to touch. Some people aren’t as careful when lifting and setting down boxes, as they have no idea how valuable the stuff inside is. Take care of the valuable stuff yourself, even opting to put it in your car and not in the moving truck.