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How to organize and pack your move (to save you time and money)

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October 15, 2018 - Karl Yeh

So you're planning to move into your new home, how do you get started? In this episode, we discuss how to organize and pack your move, what outside help to consider and when should you actually start packing. 

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Karl Yeh:

Welcome to Homebuyer's School, brought to you by Brookfield Residential.

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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Karl Yeh:                      

Today, I'm joined by Nate Edwards, Co-founder or Virtuo, a company that helps moving and transitioning to a new home simple and stress free. The question we're going to answer today is:

How do I organize and pack my move?

Nate Edwards:             

Good question. There's a lot of moving parts, it really comes down to well organization, organization is key.

What I like to do, is the easiest way that I found is get a bunch of Post-it notes and get a couple of different colored Post-it [00:01:00] notes. You really only have a few different options when dealing with your stuff.

So you're either going to donate to friends and family or a charity, you're going to actually move it, or you're going to be throwing things away.

Once you get a better understanding of what you actually want to do and you can color code those items in your house, I think that's the easiest way.

Karl Yeh:                      

How about those checklists that I see when I did my first move. The checklist from, I think I took one from Canada Post. Right?

Nate Edwards:             

Yep. Those are [00:01:30] amazing resources. It puts forth a good guiding principle and a guiding path of things that you should be considering.

Because, when you are packing everything up and you are planning for your move, there's so many different moving parts, but it really, really helps you keep on track.

You still have to do it all, but it will keep you on track.

Keep your packing in the same room

Karl Yeh:                      

Now is there any other things that I need ... You talked about Post-it notes, what else can help me organize my move?

Nate Edwards [00:02:00]:             

I would say when you are organizing it, it's important when you're packing your boxes up and you're organizing everything, is to try to keep everything that's packed up in the same room.

So, you don't want to be packing a box in your master bedroom and then if it only half empty, you bring it downstairs and you start putting kitchen items into it.

So, pack a box that will go into that new room, from where it actually comes from. You'll save yourself a lot of time.

Organizing and packing help

Karl Yeh:                      

Is this something that from an organizational point of view, do you do it all yourself, or is there actually [00:02:30] people that can help you organize?

Nate Edwards:             

Absolutely. There are a bunch of services that will come in, they'll help you organize:

  • They'll help you stage.
  • They'll help you pack everything.
  • They'll help you declutter.

If you have an existing home that you need to sell, there are companies that will come and just help really kind of make things a lot cleaner and simpler, pack everything up.

When it does come time to move, it will be really, really simple, you'll know where those pieces are going.

Karl Yeh:                       Awesome. Another thing here that I want to know is:

When should I start packing?

Nate Edwards:             

Now, now absolutely. [00:03:00] Once you do have a target move date, or if you have an anticipated possession date, start today.

It's all those little things and people generally tend to procrastinate and that's what makes this moving process so overwhelming.

If you've got a month, if you have 45 days, go start attacking the crawlspace, go start attacking the basement, or the shed, or the garage, or those places that you don't use often.

Because, once you have those packed up, the rest will be come really, really easy.

Karl Yeh:                      

Is there anything else I need to know [00:03:30] in terms of organizing my move?

Nate Edwards:             

No. Just do it, take a lot of lists.

It's a great time for you to go through and start purging items as well.

So, as you're going through, there's a lot of emotion, there's a lot of memories that come out of everything, but take notes, make lists and just do it.

That's the biggest thing is just actually going out and doing it.

Karl Yeh:                       Perfect. Do you have anything else said?

Nate Edwards:              I think we're good.

Karl Yeh:                      

Awesome. Well thank you very much everyone for joining us.

Make sure to watch our video on what [00:04:00] you need to know before making your move and we'll catch you next time.



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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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