1. Sign Up For Rogers Concierge Service
You’re moving to a cool new place. Exciting! Too bad you first have to call a zillion service providers to let them know about the change in your account. And the worst is when you call a company repeatedly but have to speak to a different person each time.
With Rogers Concierge service, you get a direct phone number and email for one dedicated agent, who’ll help you easily transfer your Rogers services and get you set up at your new home. Your agent will help make sure all of the details are looked after, before, during and after your move. How much will this personalized service set you back? It’s free!
Rogers has your back once you’re in your new place, too, with convenient installation times and professional, friendly installers. They’ll even wear protective booties over their work boots to ensure your flooring stays clean.
Moving is often when you rethink the services to which you subscribe. Chat with your agent about bundling Rogers TV, internet, home phone and Smart Home Monitoring together. This way you’ll have one handy bill, great pricing, plus added benefits. Moving and still don’t have Rogers NextBox™ HD PVR? Chat with your agent about upgrading.
For more information on Rogers Concierge service, visit rogers.com/move. Or to speak to a Rogers Concierge agent, call 1-877-MY-MOVE-9 (696-6839).
2. Get Planning
Proper planning of your move is a key step to being completely organized, says Toronto- based professional organizer Clare Kumar. Kumar recommends creating a binder for documents relating to the sale of your home, one for the purchase of the new home, and one for renovations. She includes separate sections for financing, legal, contacts for address changes, utilities, research on the new area, contractor information and more. And most importantly, she designs a move calendar complete with checklists, which she places at the front of the binder. She enters the move date and then schedules tasks back from there. Once all this is done, she says, “You can relax, knowing that you’ve got everything covered, and you’ve also got a place to check things off, and that will make you feel good.”
3. Pick the Right Movers
The key to choosing the right mover is to opt for a company that’s been around a long time, because you’ll have confidence that they aren’t a fly-by-night operation that has shut down and started up under a new name. Check to see if your mover has more than one truck; that way, if one breaks down, there may be others available. Kumar tends to prefer larger movers, because if something goes wrong, you have an avenue for recourse, since they are typically insured and have bonded workers (although you should make sure this is the case). Still, large or small, you need to research your mover. Check for references with friends, websites like homestars.ca, the local Better Business Bureau and the Canadian Association of Movers.
4. Edit Well and Pack Smartly
Now is a great time to go through your stuff and decide what to keep and what to toss. Do this early – and while you’re at it, take pictures and measurements of items you want to get rid of. This makes it easier to sell them online quickly, which you should do before you move. Taking pictures is also a nice way to remember items you still like, but may not have room for, like favourite outfits your kids have outgrown or your grandmother’s massive dining room table.
If you have the luxury of knowing the floor plan and measurements of your new place, grab some graph paper and a pencil and lay out where your furniture will go. You might be sur- prised to find there isn’t easily defined space for some items. “It’s easy to place the furniture,” Kumar explains, “but it’s ‘What happened to my linen closet? Oh, wait. I don’t have one. What am I going to with all of that stuff?’” Doing this means that, when you start packing, you can pack and label according to your new home’s layout, which will make unpacking much easier.
5. Prep Your Kids and Pets
A kid’s universe is fairly small, so moving is a pretty big deal to them. That’s why it’s important to reassure any fears that come up, says Kumar. One way to get kids excited and positive about the move is to involve them in plans for their new room. Ask them about potential paint colours and furniture placement, for example. As for the day of the move, if possible, Kumar suggests you have somebody else watch the little ones, as there’s just too much going on to keep them safe. Same goes for pets – have someone else watch them while you’re moving. Once you’re in your new place, cats should be introduced to one new room at a time, while dogs just want to be with their people.