As I sit here overlooking the lake and Toronto, watching the traffic and hear it swooshing past, I reflect on the year past.
For our family, it has been very overwhelming.
Our, Mark ( Susan), Tara and myself, had suddenly lost our mother to aggressive brain cancer,and Susan lost her mother to Alzheimer's 3 months to the day before our Mom.
What can I say, life changes and we sort through it. It has been a lot of sorting- and I am still doing it.
The best changes in my life- I moved again! ( 5 times in 5 years...no, I do not enjoy moving- I did it for my parents).
This move was for myself- back to Toronto. A fresh new start!
What I have learned about moving....MANY things!
1. Give yourself more time than you "assume" to " clean house" and pack up.
a) Rid yourself of extraneous things before you move.
They cost you more to move...
b) All those things that you do not require- recycle them to Good Will/ Value Village etc. or a charity shop. If you decide that your "stuff"is valuable, sell it... online. Kijjiji.com or Craigslist.com or Freecycle.com are great!
(Garage sales are usually too much hassle).
Furniture: Call someone who will pick it up- The Furniture Bank will...if it is in good order.Toronto area.
c) Hiring movers- interview them first. Have them come to assess your stuff- after you pack it- or have them do it.
I have tried many- a realtor usually has some good ideas for the area. Also, have a mover that is in your area. ..those KMs add up. Homestars.ca is another resource for all things "home" related.
d) Do not ask your friends, the kind ones will offer to help.
Thanks to those who have seen me through this last one...Holy Godsends!
e) Use a real estate agent to find a new place for you and your "stuff".
The latest renting schemes could leave you poorer and without a space.
f) Treat your movers well...water bottles, coffee/tea, paper towels to wipe their faces, food for lunch- non greasy... and appreciate that they are saving your body from physical pain...as you will have enough rearranging to do later.
g) Have the new space, painted and ensure that the floors are going to be cleaned for you. Carpet needs to be cleaned prior to your move and hardwood/lam etc. Take photos before you move anything into the space- for reference and date stamp them. Send a set to the landlord and keep a set for yourself. No contesting imagery if anything happens.
h) Before you move in- allow two days grace..The day before you move into your new space:
Take the above mentioned imagery.
- Go to check that there is toilet paper, paper towels, the space is clean and deliver your food. Clean the fridge again- for yourself. Clean the bathrooms again too. Your clean is not someone else's clean.
Clean whatever you need to...as your clean is not someone else's clean.
After you move, allow yourself one day to return to ensure nothing was left, the space is clean enough and to deliver the keys.
i) Storage for those non required items- always check if there is a locker or enough for your stuff.
Never store family photos in a locker....if there was ever a flood - or a fire, you would feel sick!
Never store clothing, wood in a cold or too hot of a space, or paint or art. Temperature is important!
j) Always have a radio playing while a move is going on- it keeps the mood upbeat. If the movers are slowing down- play something uplifting!