ABS Movers and Storage since 1988

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Serving Toronto and surrounding areas

Planning & Preparation.
Set a Budget: Factor in everything from packing materials to movers to new utilities.
Choose a Moving Date: Consider Mid-Month, peak season (summer) and holiday periods, which are often more expensive.
Research & Hire Movers (if needed): Get quotes from reputable companies and check their licensing and insurance.
C hange Your Address: Notify banks, credit card companies, subscriptions, etc.
Declutter & Donate: Get rid of unwanted items to minimize what you need to move.
Pack an Essentials Box: Include toiletries, medications, clothing, and anything you'll need immediately.
Create a Moving Timeline: Break down tasks into manageable steps and set deadlines.

Packing & Organizing.
Gather Supplies: Boxes, tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, markers, and labels.
Start Early:
Don't wait until the last minute! Packing gradually reduces stress.
Label Clearly: Use color-coding or specific room labels for easy unpacking.
P ack Heavy Items First: Boxes should be manageable for lifting.
D isassemble Furniture: If possible, disassemble furniture to save space and prevent damage.
Protect Fragile Items: Use bubble wrap, packing peanuts, or specialized boxes.
Pack by Room: This keeps things organized and makes unpacking easier.
Don't Overpack Boxes: Heavy boxes are harder to move and can break.
Take Pictures: Photograph the contents of each box for quick reference.

Moving Day. 
Confirm Moving Details: Ensure the movers are on time and understand your needs.
Clear Walkways: Remove any obstacles to prevent accidents.
Protect Your Floors: Use drop cloths or moving blankets to prevent scratches.
Keep Valuables Separate: Transport important documents, jewelry, and electronics yourself. 
Stay Organized: Keep track of all boxes and furniture as they are loaded.
Tip Your Movers: A gratuity is customary, typically 10-20% of the total moving cost.

Unpacking & Settling In.  
Start with Essentials: Unpack your essentials box first to make your new place comfortable.
Prioritize Rooms: Unpack the most used rooms first (kitchen, bedroom).
Take Breaks: Don't try to do everything at once. Take breaks to avoid burnout.
Label Unpacked Boxes: Mark boxes you've unpacked to avoid opening them twice.
Get Organized: Set up your new space with furniture and belongings.
Explore Your New Neighborhood: Find local amenities and get acquainted with your surroundings.

Post-Move Tips  
Change Your Locks: Ensure your new home is secure.
Update Your Insurance: Inform your insurance company of your new address.
Register to Vote: Update your voter registration.
Connect Utilities: Set up electricity, gas, water, and internet service.
C elebrate Your Move: Take time to relax and enjoy your new home!

Bonus Tips. 
Utilize Online Resources: Websites like Moving.com and Apartment Guide can help with planning and finding resources.
Ask for Help: Don't be afraid to ask friends and family for assistance.
Stay Positive: Moving can be challenging, but remember the exciting new chapter you're starting.
Remember, moving is a process, not a race. Take your time, stay organized, and enjoy the journey!