Simple Moves & Storage

New Year, New Home: Your four-step guide to a smooth relocation in 2020


Easy house move? Is there such a thing? Well, if luck is opportunity meeting preparation, then a successful house move is much the same. Preparing well in advance and using a carefully devised checklist is the best way to ensure that you don’t miss out on any cost-saving opportunities or get overwhelmed on moving day. If you’ve had to relocate in the past, you’ll know that leaving things to the last minute often results in making rushed decisions, paying extra for services that would have been much cheaper if you’d factored them in sooner, and probably experienced less chaos unpacking once you finally got into your new place.




According to reports, house prices in Metro Vancouver are set to rise in 2020 – great news for sellers and investors. Perhaps you’ve just snagged yourself a gorgeous property and are gearing up to move in the new year? Whatever is drawing you in or out of the city, there are several things you need to do to ensure that your move is efficient and stress-free. As your local removal specialists, we have a few tips to help you start preparing for your big move.


#1 Plan the layout of your new property


The best way to approach the humongous task of packing up your old house is to have a clear vision of what you want in your new house. Make sure that you measure up all the rooms and spaces correctly so that you don’t end up trying to force a square peg into a round hole on moving day.


On many occasions, we’ve seen clients realize – a little too late – that their quirky couch or oversized dining table does not work in the new space they are relocating to. This makes everything else super awkward as you then have to work around a piece of furniture that is, ultimately, going to have to be moved again.




#2 Channel your inner Marie Kondo


Decluttering is probably one of the most useful things you can do ahead of time. If you begin working your way through each room in your home and clearing out all the things that no longer serve a purpose for you, you are going to have a much easier task packing.


Set some boxes aside for donation, gifting, and recycling and start filling them accordingly. There’s nothing worse than moving unwanted items into your new home just because you weren’t organized enough to sort through them on time. Plus, it can’t be that good for your feng shui.




#3 Decide whether you need a moving company


You’d be surprised to learn how many people leave this decision to the last minute. Understandably, you can get a little preoccupied with sorting out contracts, notifying service providers of your move, and packing. But that’s precisely why you need to factor in this essential detail early on. If you’re going to rely on friends and family, you’ll need to give them notice. If you’re going to book a van, you should shop around for the best prices. If you’re going to schedule a removals company, you need to have a clear idea of what kind of service you’re looking for.


Things to consider when searching for move specialists:


  • How much manpower are you going to need?
  • Would you like the company to help you pack and reassemble furniture?
  • Are they available for your chosen date?
  • Do they have a good rating and offer adequate insurance?
  • Do they offer a vehicle shipping service?
  • Do they have a cleaning service that you could use for the property you’re vacating or moving into?


The sooner you look at your options, the more likely you are to get your desired removals partner on the date that best suits you. What’s more, you’ll have the reassurance of an experienced team carefully handling your belongings and valuables, taking a considerable amount of pressure off your shoulders.




#4 Do a stock-take of all your belongings


Now that you’ve decluttered and given yourself a clear picture of what your new home is going to look like, you need to assess the items that are traveling with you and categorize them. You want to label the containers that hold valuables and everyday-use items so that you can quickly access them once you get to your new place.


Create a packing system for each room in your home and dedicate a box for anything fragile that your helpers must be made aware of. If you’re using a removals company, this will help them to know where to place each box once it’s been transported and save you the trouble of moving heavy containers by yourself.




The benefits of having a moving plan


  • Once you’ve completed all these steps, you will have shed a lot of excess items and, because you’ve done this in plenty of time, you would have used a far more environmentally friendly approach by hopefully re-homing, donating or recycling as much of your old furniture and clutter as possible.


  • Your brain will feel less overwhelmed because you’re going to have a clear plan for how to pack your belongings, and you will also be able to arrange your new home confidently, knowing that everything fits functionally and aesthetically.


  • By organizing your transport or the moving services you’ll need ahead of time, you will have greater peace of mind that everything is taken care of, and you have the necessary support and hands on deck that you require.


At Simple Moves, we offer a wide range of services, delivered by a team of experts who always take a personal approach to helping each client have a stress-free moving experience. We arrive at your door with a smile on our faces and a can-do attitude that sees your house packed up, scrubbed down and ready to vacate in no time. Whatever the size of the load or the distance it has to travel, we guarantee that your belongings will be handled with expert care and attention.




A relocation should be an exciting time, filled with the happy prospect of a new beginning, and we’re here to make sure that your 2020 relocation goes off without a hitch. If you’d like to learn more or enquire about our services, just get in touch with us today!