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What to do/buy the first few days after you move

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As we all inch closer to our closing dates do you mind listing some of those ?don?t forget? items that we may need for our new houses.

For example:
Don?t forget to get your ducts cleaned. You will be surprised what is laying around in there.
Don?t forget to buy cleaning products.
Make sure you get your change your locks (although this is an ongoing debate on the board).
Don?t forget to call the utilities and have them moved over.



Anything else????

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 26 Jul 2005 9:01 PM
 12 Jun 2004
 Bruce Penninsula
VR Lodge
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On advice from my father (who's a real estate agent) and our agent

CHANGE YOUR LOCKS

the house we bought has 3 doors that are all keyed alike, and there were 4 people in this house who all had keys---we only received 1 key at closing.

Seem a little fishy to you?

Thank goodness my parents were here for moving week-end; my father made it his project to change all the locks. My other advice regarding locks: if the door has a window in it or next to it which could be broken, install key locks only, not the deadbolts which you simply turn to lock. (so no one can simply break the glass and reach inside to open)


Also, you can worry about changing utilities later simply by going to the post office on having your mail forwarded to your new place. That way, there isn't as much pressure to get everyone called at once; simply call as you receive the bill.

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 26 Jul 2005 11:39 PM
 4 Nov 2001
 Edmonton
Carolyn
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Quote:

Also, you can worry about changing utilities later simply by going to the post office on having your mail forwarded to your new place.




We opted to save the $65 and for the month or so before we moved, everytime we got something in the mail that we wanted to come to the new address, we called them and advised them of our moving date. You need to call the utilities anyway to ensure that they get a proper reading before you move so they can credit any overbilling they may have done (we got about $50 in credits from them overestimating) and to make sure that the utilities are set up and in your name at the new place.

The other things would include garbage cans, something to cover the windows (at least in the bedroom) with temporarily and either keep a few place settings of dishes out or have some paper ones handy for the first night. Also an immediately recognizeable bathroom box with some towels, soap, shampoo etc so you can have a nice shower after a long day without searching through everything!

Other things you will eventually want to look into are outdoor garbage cans, hoses, sprinklers, shovels, rakes, house numbers, lawnmower, mailbox, etc.

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 27 Jul 2005 8:59 AM
 18 Feb 2005
 Milton, ON
macnic
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Here is a helpful link:

Mattamy Discussion Forum

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 27 Jul 2005 10:40 AM
 25 Nov 2003
 Calgary
kellyrae
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On my grandmothers advice (former Army wife who moved close to once a year) I always set up my bed first. Get it into the room and put clean sheets on it. That way you can clean and unpack until you are exhausted and then just go and crawl into bed. Rather than cleaning and unpacking until you are exhausted and then having to hunt down the sheets!

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 27 Jul 2005 12:47 PM
 26 Nov 2004
 NS
jeepnbride
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When we bought our house I had arranged the utilities ahead of time (we had a 60 day closing). The day we got the 'key' to the house we immediately changed the locks (our house had been rented to a few different families over the past few years and we only got one key when we closed). The next thing we did was clean the walls with TSP because FIL was coming to paint the inside of the house for us the next day. Of course we did all that after taking an hour or so to lay on the floor in awe that we owned our own house.

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 1 Aug 2005 3:06 PM
 21 Mar 2005
 SC / Halifax
Kathryn77
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Paper towel! (unpack it first and keep it handy!)
I used tons and tons. I was amazed how dusty all of the surfaces were. Every cabinet shelf had to be wiped off before we could put stuff on it.

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 1 Aug 2005 6:09 PM
 1 Jan 2010
Anonymous
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dont forget to stock your new fridge! that was my fav part lol me and fh's first trip to the grocery store... whoa whatta bill

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 1 Aug 2005 9:34 PM
 2 May 2002
 Hamilton, Ontario
Just_Laura
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Well two things you might need depending on when you move in are a lawn mower.. or a shovel for snow! Our first place we moved in at the end of May and the old owners hadn't mowed in forever it seemed (I honestly don't think that they had mowed yet that year!)... then our second place we moved in at the end of November... and it was snowing! We needed the shovels handy to dig out a path to our new front door (that is a little of an exageration because we could have made it to the door... but wanted to avoid tracking all of that snow in the house)

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 2 Aug 2005 2:42 PM
 1 Jan 2010
Anonymous
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Might want to bring some toilet paper on your first trip - sadly, the previous owners of our house took all the toilet paper with them!

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 7 Aug 2005 10:24 AM
 4 Jan 2003
 Ontario
Jason & Cindy
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I decided to make this post a sticky, since I'm sure this will come in handy for a lot of us who are moving into new homes.

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 7 Aug 2005 2:47 PM
 5 Jun 2005
 Vancouver, BC
sparklish
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Quote:

We opted to save the $65 and for the month or so before we moved, everytime we got something in the mail that we wanted to come to the new address, we called them and advised them of our moving date.




It's actually only 33 dollars for 6 months of forwarding. The last tenants at our place didn't do it and we are CONSTATLY getting mail for them - random things - everything from charities to cards from friends. My advice is definitely shell out the $33, because there's no way you can think of everyone who has your address. We thought we'd got them all, but there were at least half a dozen we hadn't thought of.

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 8 Aug 2005 11:09 AM
 28 Jan 2005
 Toronto
nikki6162006
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Quote:

I decided to make this post a sticky, since I'm sure this will come in handy for a lot of us who are moving into new homes.




thanks!

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 8 Aug 2005 11:12 AM
 18 Feb 2005
 Milton, ON
macnic
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With 3 days to go here is my list so far. Please keep in mind that I am moving out of my parents house and into my own with FH:
Carrots
Celery
Cheese
Chicken
Fruit
Green Onion
Green Pepper
Lettuce
Lunch Meat
Mushrooms
Onions
Pork Chops
Potatos
Yoghurt
Bread
Butter
Canned Corn
Canned Kidney Beans
Canned Peas
Cereal
Coffee
Crackers
Cream
Eggs
Flour
Jam
Milk
Mustard
OJ
Pasta
Peanut butter
Pepper
Rice
Salt
Sugar
Tea
Tomato sauce
Tuna
Baggies
Bathtub cleaner
Bucket
Coffee Filters
Dishwashing Soap, Automatic/Regular
Fabric Softener
Face Soap
Foil Wrap
Granola Bars
Javex
Laundry Soap
Microfibre Clothes
Mouth wash
Mr. Clean
Oxy Clean
Saran Wrap
Sponge
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Tooth Paste
Vinegar
Paper Toweling
Toilet Paper

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 8 Aug 2005 11:31 AM
 28 Jan 2005
 Toronto
nikki6162006
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uhhh...so how much did that all cost you at WalMart?

wow..I guess I better start buying now!

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 8 Aug 2005 11:38 AM
 18 Feb 2005
 Milton, ON
macnic
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I've got 3 places on my list to shop:

From Carrots to Yoghurt is Dominion (I have $60 in coupons there from Air Miles)

From Bread to Tuna is No Frills

Everything else is WalMart, but we may not need to get so many cleaning supplies as one of our GM works for a cleaning supply company and will be "getting" some stuff for us (who cares if your Mr. Clean is "hot"? LOL).

My dad is also a pro flyer reader/shopper, so he may run around for me a bit during the day to get me stuff at the best "deals" He already did that with TP, Paper Towels and Ketchup...

I just changed all my address for "important" stuff... gawd.. what did people do before the internet???

I'll let you know the total damage... spent $110 at Ikea yesterday on odds and ends...

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 8 Aug 2005 2:46 PM
 27 Oct 2004
Ottawa230705
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Don't forget lightbulbs! Some people take them all with them when they leave.

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 8 Aug 2005 5:27 PM
 20 Jul 2004
 Toronto, Canada
Dilbug
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I've just moved into a new home with hubby, and not only do you need the items listed above, but I'm finding that drawer organizers are a big help. Not only for cutlery and utensils, but for spices and other items.

Though our house has that "new house" smell, I found that air fresheners really helped to not only get rid of that smell, but to make it start smelling like "home"!

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 10 Aug 2005 8:13 AM
 18 Feb 2005
 Milton, ON
macnic
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Quote:

uhhh...so how much did that all cost you at WalMart?




42 Items (more than what was on my list above)

Cheapest item: $0.87 (Kit Kat for Ken for the "nerves")

Most expensive item: $9.97 (Oxi Clean)

Total cost: $190.85

Lessons learned: Ken is a brand name w*ore. I was not allowed to buy "no name" saran wrap as according to Ken, Its not the same, its crap!. I did hold firm on the "no name" Advil though!

Lesson learned: Ken thinks Dove soap smells to girly. I think Zest soap stinks (JMO!), thus we had to buy two different types of soap.

Lesson learned: Even though they are cleaning supplies, it is still fun to go out and fill a cart and spend $200 without worrying about it!

Now, on to groceries!

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 10 Aug 2005 4:44 PM
 12 Jan 2004
 High River/ Calgary
Tab_bewitched
Weddingbeller
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A CAN OPENER. Sounds silly, I know, but it really is a necessity. We moved from Ontario to Alberta, and really didn't have that much with us. When I tried to cook pasta one of the first nights, I had to hammer open the can with a knife - not fun, especially since I had to run out about 15 minutes before the store closed to buy one. Also - don't buy a crappy one - I did that, and the can of tomatoes squirted and splattered all over the wall - so I suggest getting a "Swing-Away" manual can opener (about $7 - $10) - you'll be happy with it for a very long time.

Shower curtain - even if it's just a liner. (Unless of course you move in to a place where the shower is equipped with doors.)

If you don't have a dishwasher, you will want to get a dishtray to drain dishes on.

Make sure that you have a few essential tools (like a hammer, screwdrivers) because you never know what you will need to do when you get there. And get yourself one of those little picture hanging kits (Ikea sells them for about $5).

Broom & Dustpan, Mop & Pail, and vaccuum - you will want these things to be handy.

Also, if you are moving into an apartment building, make sure that you get all of the parking details from your landlord before hand. Before we bought our house, we rented a unit in a fourplex, where there was unmarked parking. The first night we were there, our crazy drunken neighbour pounded on our door at 1 in the morning because we had unwittingly parked in his spot.

Here's another tip which might only apply to us Calgary girls. If you don't recycle your bottles and cans (Yes, I know that we should be doing that), and you live within the city limits, you may want to throw those things into a seperate bag. We lived in Forest Lawn, and every morning there were people who would rummage through the garbage looking for those things. So I started saving them the trouble and leaving a shopping bag full of these things on top of our garbage bin.

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 11 Aug 2005 8:46 AM
 3 Feb 2005
 winterpeg
dinah
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when i moved into the house i bought years ago it didn't have a doorbell. in fact, it looked like it had never had a doorbell???? weird, b/c the house was built in 1912. so we had to run to home depot to get a doorbell.

the main thing to do is PUT UP THE BED like someone else said. know where your sheets and blankets and pillows are. if you only do one thing, it's that.

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 11 Aug 2005 11:43 AM
 25 Nov 2003
 Calgary
kellyrae
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Quote:

So I started saving them the trouble and leaving a shopping bag full of these things on top of our garbage bin.




That is so nice of you!

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 14 Aug 2005 12:55 AM
 31 Jul 2003
P!nk
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After an unfortunate incident when I moved out of residence into my first house with 2 of my friends, I always buy a plunger when I move to a new place.
It's something nobody ever things of, until you need one at 2am and all the stores are closed!

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 15 Aug 2005 9:04 AM
 1 Jan 2010
Anonymous
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FH and I have started to buy household stuff for our new apartment. We're moving in September 10th. We are also leaving our parents' homes, so we need EVERYTHING. We went to Walmart without a list. We went one aisle at a time, grabbing everything we saw that we need until the cart was full!

Here's what we got (from the receipt):

dish rach & tray
facial tissue
broom
dish cloths
dish towels
paper towels
feminine protection
toilet paper
toothpaste
qtips
shampoo/condtioner
body wash
mouthwash
toothbrushes
deoderant
pail
rubber gloves
fabric softener
laundry detergent
stain remover
ziploc bags
aluminum foil
ceran wrap
dish soap
mop
bathroom & kitchen garbage pails
outdoor garbage cans
garbage bags
hangers
laundry basketd
hand soap
air freshener
lint roller
bleach
toilet cleaner
all-purpose cleaner
tile cleaner
windex
scrubbers
sponges

It's a start!

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 15 Aug 2005 9:16 AM
 5 Apr 2005
 Fredericton
AliDev
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You girls have great lists! When FH and I moved in last December we brought some groceries with us, lots of garbage bags (our house needed some work), and cleaning supplies.
I agree with the other posters about setting up the bed first, very important. And also make sure you have a box or bin that is easily identifiable that holds your shampoo, conditioner, soap, a couple of towels and a shower curtain.
Marlene, SOunds like your shopping was very fruitful but if I can give you a bit of advice, either take a marker and write on your bags what is in them or take things out of the bags and pack them in boxes. We had about 14 Wal-Mart bags and they all looked the same and I couldn't find anything!

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 15 Aug 2005 10:14 AM
 16 Jan 2005
 Halifax, NS
Gonna_B_MrsPower
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One to add- you should test and change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

And if your like FH and I who discovered all the smoke detectors are wired in- add a battery operated one!

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 27 Aug 2005 11:54 PM
 15 Aug 2004
 Langley
jfichter
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Quote:

Might want to bring some toilet paper on your first trip - sadly, the previous owners of our house took all the toilet paper with them!




I agree. Bring TOILET PAPER!!!! I think that is the most important thing!!!

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 30 Aug 2005 6:57 PM
 8 Dec 2004
AshleyB
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Our house is being built so the first thing I'm gonna do when they hand me the keys is call someone to clean the ducts. I've seen actual chunks of drywall and garbage and who knows what else fly out of there, not to mention dust from construction!

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 1 Sep 2005 4:47 AM
 23 Sep 2004
 Vancouver
rockster
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This is stuff to do a week before, and you probably already did this, but just in case,
Arrange for phone service, cable, and internet connection. We didn't make those arrangements till after we moved in and had to wait a week for phone service, and a few days for cable and internet service.

Sorry if someone already mentioned those

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 5 Sep 2005 4:41 PM
 9 Jul 2005
 Calgary, AB
AbsolutPink
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I love this post, it's so helpful with my move being so close.

Does anyone else have any tips? I'm trying to get as many as possible to make this move go smoothly.

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 6 Sep 2005 12:57 AM
 28 Jan 2005
 Toronto
nikki6162006
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it feels weird replying to my own post...these things may have been added but since I am so close I have to add a few things.

lining for your cupboards and drawers
mop/swiffer
buckets
lysol
vinegar
toilet cleaner
plastic gloves
broom & dustpan
a case of bottled water (cleaning makes you thirsty)
sponges
j-cloths

to be continued....

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 6 Sep 2005 2:03 PM
 19 Jul 2004
 ottawa
shannon004
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Don't forget toilet paper!!! With all that water you will need it!!

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 11 Sep 2005 8:20 PM
 28 Jan 2005
 Toronto
nikki6162006
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since i only have 2 more weeks left we decided to start buying now instead of waiting for the last minute. Change makes me queasy and I did not want the added stress.

Our first stop was Dollarama. Trust me...go there first! Dollar stores are not waht they used to be...I love it!

2 buckets
sponges
cloths
air freshener
duster
Vim
broom
dustpan
various cloths to clean
plastic gloves
total:


Home Depot
those sticky things you put under furniture legs so you don't scratch tile or hardwood. (you can find them at the dollar store too!)
heavy duty brooms for the garage
long armed window squeegee (for outside windows)
low expansion spray insulation (for windows and doors. We plan to use it around the cold storage door)
cover plates for cable and telephone
window cleaner
2 large rolling garbage cans for the garage

Walmart
detergents
mr clean
dishwasher soap
palmolive
swiffer
air fresheners
toilet scrubs (the new disposable kind...really amazing!)
tissues
wet wipes


I cannot even remember half of what we bought. We spent approximately $300.00. I don't think we need much more in terms of cleaning. I will go food shopping the night before we move in.
No Frills (using my president choice points.)
Dominion (using Air Miles gift certificates)
and various toiletries from Shoppers Drug Mart (using Optimum points)
Thank God I am the "point" queen!

honeysher: we saw the door lock we want at Home Depot. We will buy it the day after we move...since we cannot get near the house now. damn security!

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 5 Oct 2005 12:47 PM
 3 Dec 2001
 Calgary
YYC MOM
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I know it's not much FUN... but before you move anything to the basement, PAINT THE FLOOR!!! Much easier to do it before you have to move stuff around while you wash, wait, prime, wait, paint. WORLD of difference in the amount of dust too! And while you're at it, get some sturdy shelving (I like the IKEA stuff) for the basement so when it gets put away, you're DONE with it! Trust me - today I'm doing some MORE shelves and it's so much nicer!

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 16 Nov 2005 1:44 PM
 1 Oct 2003
D&D
Weddingbeller
509
I've moved 5X in the last 10 years and this is what I've done:

- set up utilities before you move by making appointments for the day after you get occupancy. (telephone, cable, hydro, water, gas, etc.) - if you purchase the home your lawyer will inform the utilities company that you will be calling to set up appointment/install times, and account information.
- Arrange the movers to move you the day after your hydro, gas, water, etc. get installed (you need these to move in)
- Arrange Insurance for your home contents, etc. Try to get a discount by going with the same co as your car.
- Change address information at the Post Office - cost $ but get your mail forwarded too (for as long as possible since you won't cover everyone in notifying them of the move)
- Change your address once you move with: Licence (and ownership) if you have a car, credit cards, bank, loans, schools, insurance, doctor, work, etc.
- disconnect your utilities of your old home.
- Arrange moving transportation in advance
- Once in your new home: clean it (especially the kitchen and bathrooms - in the fridge, washers, etc.) - I usually have a cleaning person clean the new home when I'm packing the old one and then go to the old home to clean for the new owners when I'm moving in the new home - then you're only paying for one day.
- clean the ducts! Really important for fire, allergens, etc.
- change the locks - also important: whould you give the previous home owners a key to your home...if not, change them.
- put your curtins up - there are too many creeps in the world - give yourself privacy. Thiefs watch habits of new home owners - why make it easier for them...
- Have fun and don't get too stressed!!!

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 20 Nov 2005 10:45 PM
 12 Jun 2004
 Bruce Penninsula
VR Lodge
Weddingbeller
900
Since this thread is still alive and well, I will add some more advice.

If you are using a moving van, pack all of the least used stuff in first, working your way to the doors, pack your mattress and bed frame last. When you get to the new place, set these up first and make the bed.

Ensure all boxes are clearly marked what room they are to go to, and what the contents are.

Pack all stuff like clothing, linens, pillows and towels in clear leaf bags; this enables you or anyone else to easily identify what it is and where it goes with little direction or supervision. (hopefully you will have lots of help).

Pack stuff you will need immediatley, in clearly mardkd boxes, into your vehicles, so you know exactly where something is. Clothes for a few days, a bathroom box, toiletries, essential kitchen supplies, toolbox, coolers of food from your old place, cell phone charger, and fragile stuff like plants, and the pet fish . Also a master file with details of the rental/purchase agreement, calendar of events (cable, telephone etc)

When you start moving the stuff in to the house, find a secure spot you will be able to remember to stash your purse so you will not have to hunt for it in the chaos later. Set up the cell phone, charger and phone book in an open, but convenient location if you do not yet have a land line.

If you have parents/friends that can only do light duties but want to help, here are some easy tasks you can assign them: make the bed, hang your clothes on hangers, go to the grocery store, clean the fridge, test all the outlets to make sure they are working, windex the windows.

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 20 Dec 2005 1:15 PM
 1 Nov 2005
 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Amanda1008
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Quote:

After an unfortunate incident when I moved out of residence into my first house with 2 of my friends, I always buy a plunger when I move to a new place.
It's something nobody ever things of, until you need one at 2am and all the stores are closed!




LMOA this happened to me and DH when we moved into our new house....very very not fun.

I also second shower curtain

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 11 Feb 2006 9:19 PM
 23 Jun 2005
 Mississauga, ON
melmo
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Another tip:
If your moving out of province, apply for health care in the new province ASAP, (you have 90 days inbetween which your health care from the old province covers) then phone and CANCEL the health care from your old province. It's supposed to automatically cancel but sometimes it doesnt (I'm still getting phone calls about BC health care from 3 years ago)

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 15 Feb 2006 7:08 AM
 28 Jan 2005
kittykat
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Don't pack the coffee maker - it was hectic the day of our move and the last thing we wanted was to make an extra stop to get coffee. Even if you don't drink coffee, have it there for the people helping you. On the same note, before moving day make sure to buy the beer/drinks for the people helping you move. Any extra errands you have to do the day of the move can seem like the biggest inconvenience.

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 1 Mar 2006 12:13 PM
 30 Jan 2005
 Kingston, Ontario
Tonto
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Although we haven't moved into our new house have one which my family has always used when we moved (we moved alot).

If you have movers and your house has multiple bedrooms have some sort of marking on each of the different rooms (we normally pinned a piece of paper on the door) which had the purpose for the room. As you want the movers to get in and out fast and to set-up the stuff in the appropriate rooms telling them "in John's room" means nothing to them. It really saves a lot of time if you label boxes and the rooms therefore the stuff gets in the correct place in a timely manner.

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 1 Mar 2006 12:20 PM
 19 Jul 2005
 Calgary
amysdisplayname
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my advice as a military brat who moved a lot.pack a box or bag of anything you will NEED and put it in the truck last so you get it out first. This includes medication, bandaids, papertowels, sheets for your bed (i totally agree to set up your bed first) cleaning supplies, pj's/change of clothes. this way you'll have what you need without much hunting.
have fun, moving is exciting!

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 16 Mar 2006 11:15 PM
 16 Mar 2006
 Calgary, AB
Ayla
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Another vote for shower curtains

But even more important, esp. if you're moving into a brand-new house, is to make sure you buy a shower ROD (or at least check & see if that comes w/ your house). Our first house all the showers came w/ rods so we never thought to check w/ our 2nd house (different builder), and they DIDN'T!!

We didn't realize this until the next morning (when we were showering to go to work). One of the funniest images I have of FH is coming into the bathroom, and seeing him w/ the shower curtain wrapped around his body, desperately trying to shower inside the wrapped-curtain w/out getting water everywhere! SO funny! And so cute! (he didn't want to wake me up to hold the curtain for him)

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 12 Apr 2006 11:59 PM
 20 Nov 2005
 Calgary
AMT
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Quote:

Shower curtain - even if it's just a liner. (Unless of course you move in to a place where the shower is equipped with doors.)




That was our oops... the morning after we moved in going to have a shower and having to point the shower head almost directly at the wall! To funny

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 1 May 2006 10:51 PM
 30 Oct 2005
 Why do you want to know?
shortstuff
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Quote:

Here's another tip which might only apply to us Calgary girls. If you don't recycle your bottles and cans (Yes, I know that we should be doing that), and you live within the city limits, you may want to throw those things into a seperate bag. We lived in Forest Lawn, and every morning there were people who would rummage through the garbage looking for those things. So I started saving them the trouble and leaving a shopping bag full of these things on top of our garbage bin.




Ahhh yes, the "urban recycling program". We put ours out beside the garbage bin in the alley and they are gone in 20 minutes. It stops them from tearing the garbage bags apart and making a huge mess.

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 2 May 2006 10:59 AM
 24 Jan 2005
 Calgary
tojules
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For me...I pack a suitcase like I'm going on vacation with jammies, clothes, overnight stuff, etc. Chances are you won't be finding where you packed everything for a bit and it saves time. Pack a box labelled bedding (put your shower curtain and fresh towels in there as well) and keep that in your car with you, don't let the movers have it.

I also label all my boxes with contents on them and a room number/name. I label them on the side and not the top so I don't have to stack and unstack boxes to read what's in them. White 2x4 address labels are perfect for it.

Change the locks!! I still swear my old roomie was in our current house after she moved out. I don't like getting 1 key back when you know there were at least 3 keys!

In a cleaning bucket, pack your cleaning supplies, toliet paper, paper towel, etc. and keep that with you in your car as well.

Cooler with beer which is kept by the front door...essential for the move. And if you keep it by the front door...people aren't congregating in your kitchen trying to get to the fridge while you're unpacking your kitchen and it's way easier to say...seeing you're at the door..can you grab that box out in the truck??

I also have a chart which lists everything from mail forward, utilities, cable, dog license, insurance, etc. and the dates I called to make arrangements, cost to change them and then dates they are suppose to be hooked up. I included phone numbers & contact names so I can go back and say "well you told me....".

I think those are my big things.

Oh...and buy a case of Glad Hefty bags. You'll need them for all that newspaper you used to wrap up stuff!

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 28 May 2006 7:42 PM
 9 Jan 2006
Zorbs
Weddingbeller
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Quote:

Here is a helpful link:

Mattamy Discussion Forum




My hubby hangs out on that forum A LOT.

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 7 Aug 2006 11:17 PM
 9 Jan 2002
 Barrie Canada
Aly
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When we moved our boxes from the truck into the house, we immediately put them in their respective rooms. This included the furniture.



I think this is a great thing. That way u know what is IN that box. Also, clearly labelling the contents really helps.

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 24 Sep 2006 7:15 PM
 11 Jan 2006
mrsmckenzie
Weddingbeller
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BLINDS!!! If its a brand new house. We learned the hard way, talk about no privacy. And install them yourself, my FH did it and it took him about 20 minuites. Otherwise the rip you off with installation charges.

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 28 Sep 2006 2:18 PM
 3 Feb 2005
Mo_Mo
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When DH and I bought our first home we had to do groceries for the first time and the bill was about $500! Make sure you set aside some money for this if this is your first home.

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 27 Oct 2006 4:44 PM
 14 Feb 2006
 Toronto, Canada
MeliMama
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Adding to Favs!

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