On the Move

Taking care of your household contents during a move

Moving house is stressful, tiring and complicated, but it can also be a great time for a cleanout and is usually quite the breath of fresh air. When you unpack into your new home, you want everything to be just how you remember it – you know, all the pieces attached in the same order. So here are some ideas on keeping things ship shape during all the shipping, moving, packing and unpacking.


1: Sort what you can before the actual move

If you’re planning a move but have a fair amount of time before the actual move, sort what you can sooner rather than later. Non-essentials like books, extra linen and spare kitchen-ware can be packed well in advance.

Packing slowly rather than all at once means you won’t be taking junk you don’t ever use to you new place. It also means you’ll be able to pack properly so that breakables are well padded.


2: Pack well

Before you start packing, make sure you have newspaper, bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts for your breakables. Plates and bowls that stack well should be ok with a layer of newspaper around each, but vases, ornaments and so on will need a little more protection.

Make sure you label everything. Not necessarily a contents list for every single box, but try to pack by room and label it “kitchen” “guest bedroom” etc. so that it can go straight into the room where it will need to be unpacked.


3: Choose the right moving company

When you hire a removals firm, make sure you find a reputable one. Ideally, get a recommendation from a friend who’s recently moved. They’ll be able to tell you if the company took good care of their things or if their antique wardrobe arrived covered in scratches (ouch!). Otherwise, check the company’s rap on a forum like Yelp.


4: The extras

If you have stuff you aren’t planning to use in your new home, but aren’t prepared to get rid of yet, or if you simply don’t have the space for it, you can still keep it.

If you’re downsizing, or just trying to keep your new home less cluttered than the old one, you probably aren’t moving everything in. For the things you still want around should you need them, you can put them in storage. Search for a local storage facility, for example “storage units Quebec”, and ask about a unit. Most places have different sizes depending on what you need.

Putting things in storage is also ideal, and sometimes necessary, if you have to move out of your old place before the new one is ready to be moved into yet.  Pack a suitcase for the interim and put the rest in storage short term.


Once you’ve done your part, it’s not really up to you. But hopefully your preparations will mean that your move will go smoothly and everything will make it to your new home in one piece.