Planning for a Smooth Move!

When my family moved from Wasaga Beach, Ontario to Columbus, Ohio, we had many logistics to overcome. Getting our cars approved, organizing the moving truck, getting rid of all the liquids in our house, saying our goodbyes and finding temporary housing in our new country. Fortunately, we had the help of a relocation company, although at times communicating through them seemed to create more work.

We thought the closing and move into our new Columbus home would be easy in comparison to leaving the home where our kids were born; we should have had a clue that was not to be when during our pre-closing walk-through we realized the sellers hadn’t begun to pack their years of material belongings that filled up every nook and cranny in the home.

The day we took possession, and the day before our truck was to arrive and unload our possessions, we found ourselves helping the sellers pack their things and clean their house. They seemed to think part of the moving expenses involved packing ON moving day. They were also sorting their items and deciding what went to the junk pile instead of in the truck. The movers stood around clocking time while the sellers threw their belongings into boxes and kicked other items to the curb. Watching the chaos, and wondering if we’d have to delay our items was more stressful than leaving the only country we’d known.

If you are selling your home, here are some tips to help keep your costs down and organize your move so you’re not wasting time and money.

Choose a Moving Company:
Different companies charge in different ways and can include a variety of services. Ask your potential moving company if they charge by the hour or have a flat rate. Sometimes an hourly charge can be added onto a flat rate if you haven’t completed your part of the preparation. Ask for detailed information on their responsibilities and yours.

Acquire Supplies:

  • You can often get boxes for free from grocery and department stores but keep in mind they’ll come in all different sizes which is more difficult for stacking. If you purchase boxes, not only will they stack better but they’ll be blank canvases for which you can record the target room and list its contents.
  • Buy felt tip markers and packing tape for the boxes.
  • Buy bubble wrap and tissue for fragile items.

To do ahead of time before or while your house is on the market to sell:

  • Sort through little used drawers and throw out unused items, pack anything you’ll not use between now and your move.
  • Do the same for storage areas, sheds and the garage.
  • Pack or donate clothing you haven’t worn or don’t wear frequently.
  • Pack dishes and small appliances that are not used frequently.
  • Get rid of extra furniture so that your home is show-ready.
  • Take unused paint and hazardous materials to a hazardous materials recycling depot.
  • If you have a home office,sort through your files, shred and get rid of anything that is no longer needed.
  • If you have a significant number of items you want to keep but don’t need in your house during the showing period, rent a mobile or stationary storage unit/POD.

Once you’re in contract:

  • Book the moving company and packing days if they are packing your house for you.
  • Make a list of items required between now and closing.
  • Pack everything else.
  • Be clear whether the moving company will transport your plants and liquids such as food items and cleaning supplies.
  • Pack a box of necessities you will require at the new house. Things you’ll need prior to the moving truck and/or unpacking. (Example: toilet paper, cleaning supplies, basic kitchen items)
  • Have your children pick a few toys that will stay with them and not be packed.
  • Schedule change of address notifications
  • Arrange for time off work
  • Schedule utility notifications
  • Arrange to have the house cleaned after the moving truck is packed

Day of Move

  • Separate items you do not want on the truck and place them in your vehicles.
  • Inventory boxes as they leave the house (clipboard & pen).
  • Ensure house is clean.
  • Take a final walk-through to ensure nothing is left behind – remember to check storage spaces and attic!
  • Take key to arranged drop off location.


  1. If you want easy and smooth move then its really necessary to keep in mind these kind of things. Avoiding these essential things can make your move stressful.

  2. Hiring professional removals services can be very cost effective and hassle free.