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How long does it take to move? (from moving out to moving into your new home)

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June 18, 2018 - Karl Yeh

Getting ready to move? How long does moving actually take? In this episode, we discuss the timeline of a move, what to expect on moving day, how to work with your moving team and the process of moving into your new home.


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Karl Yeh:

Hi everyone, I'm Karl Yeh, and welcome to another Homebuyer's School video, a channel where you get the latest strategies, tactics, and tips from home buying experts.

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[00:00:30] So today I'm joined by Nate Edwards, Co-founder of Virtuo, a company that makes moving and transitioning to a new home, simple and stress free.

So the question we're going to answer today, pretty simple is:

How long does a move take?

Nate Edwards:                  

Good question.

The majority of your time when you're preparing for your move is actually in that packing process.

So, that's where you're going to invest a lot of that time. The physical move itself, provided you're prepared, is really only going to take a day.

You know, at the end of the day, you're probably [00:01:00] going to invest another two to three days, just unpacking your house, getting everything set up, putting your dishes where you want them to go, mounting your TVs on the wall, you're going to have to do that trip to Home Depot seven times because you keep forgetting everything.

But I think three, four days packing everything up, the date of the actual move, and another three or four days to get settled. You know, you're looking at about a week.

What I need to know about moving day?

Karl Yeh:                             

A week. So can you take me through that one day? Right? So the moment you wake up, crap, I have to move. What is the ... like can [00:01:30] you: take me through that day for someone who's never moved out before?

Nate Edwards:                  

So that day, hopefully you wake up, everything's all packed, you're ready to go.

First thing you do a Timmy's run. So whoever's coming to help you move, got to have coffee. You got to have donuts.

That morning, you should get up a few hours extra early.

Get your bedding packed.

If you are making coffee downstairs, ensure that you have your coffee machine packed and ready to go for when your people or your movers actually get here.

So when they get here, you just basically want to open the door and have them [00:02:00] start running.

Karl Yeh:                             

Okay. And then while that's happening, so people are coming in and out, taking your boxes and whatnot, what are you doing? Doing the same thing? Are you looking to organize or?

Nate Edwards:                  

Yeah, no, no one likes a leader on move day.

So if they're there helping you move, you have to be the guy out there humping the furniture along with them.

So that big heavy dresser, that big heavy piano, it better be you. That's on it. Not your other friends.

Karl Yeh:                             

So you're not the guy that's like, "Okay, well this goes there, [00:02:30] this needs there." You just kind of sit and probably not the best.

Nate Edwards:                  

Probably not the best, if you hire friends and family.

If you were to hire a moving company and if you want more of a delegation role, that's probably a better path to pursue.

Process of moving into your new place

Karl Yeh:                             

Awesome. So let's say all your stuff has now been packed into said moving van that you've either rented or it's your own. What's next? Do you go out to your new place and meet everybody there or how does that come in?

Nate Edwards:                  

Yeah, absolutely. Everything's in the truck. Tie everything off. [00:03:00] Strap it off.

The last thing you want to do is drive away without securing your load and having everything that you've just loaded into that truck fall either on the street or smash into the back of that actual ... that rental truck.

And then from there, start your journey. You're going to be the first one, kind of leading the brigade. Get to your new house.

Hopefully you've been to the new house as well, or if you've had someone there just to help you protect your brand new floors, get all those things done and ready for the movers.

So, when they come they can just literally start bringing the boxes [00:03:30] inside.

Karl Yeh:                             

I like when you said hopefully you've been to your new house. It'd be really funny if you've actually never been to that house before, and then now you're directing your actual things into the house.

Nate Edwards:                  

Exactly. So it would be good to have a plan.

So if you know where those items that are going in that truck into your new house, that would be ideal. So obviously the things that you pulled out of a bedroom will likely go back into another bedroom, but you should have a good idea of where your furniture is going to be positioned in place.

One of the last things people want to deal [00:04:00] with as well, is once everything's moved in, it's just like, "Would you mind moving the sofa over here? Or can you try it over here? Or if you can try it over here."

When your friends are helping you move, you can do that on your own time.

But when they're there you just want to get everything in and you want to start living.

Karl Yeh:                             

Is it worth it on the boxes that you've packed to kind of labeled them where they go?

Nate Edwards:                   Absolutely.

Karl Yeh:                              Right?

Nate Edwards:                  

Absolutely. So the last thing you want to do is pack a box that's destined to the garage, [00:04:30] and then you bring it up two flights of stairs, just willing to finding out that your tools are now in your bedroom.

So label your boxes appropriately and that's just going to mean a lot of less downtime after the move of just running things up and downstairs.

Karl Yeh:                              Perfect.

Can you say any other situation where maybe moving takes more than one day?

Nate Edwards:                  

Yeah, you know what? It really depends on how much stuff you actually have.

So we've worked with clients where we've been in their homes packing everything up for a week before [00:05:00] we've even loaded the truck.

So it really depends on how much stuff you have. So if it's your first time, you should be able to get everything done in that day.

Karl Yeh:                              Perfect. Do you have anything else to add?

Nate Edwards:                   I think we're good.

Karl Yeh:                             

Great. Well thank you very much everyone for joining us. We'll catch you next time and make sure to see our tips and advice for first time moving out.


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About Nate Edwards and Virtuo:

The founders of Virtuo have spent the last 15 years helping some of Alberta’s largest companies relocate their employee’s all around the world. Virtuo was founded in with the belief that transitioning into a new home should be simple and stress-free for everyone. This session Virtuo will be covering helpful tips, insights and strategies to support your move into your Brookfield Home so you can stay excited about your new home without the fear and anxiety of a monster to- do list.

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