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What you need to know when moving out for the first time (so you're well prepared)

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June 4, 2018 - Karl Yeh

So you are moving out for the first time. Where do you begin and what are the steps to make the move as painless and stress-free? In this episode, we discuss what you need to know when moving out for the first time, where to get started and who to talk to. We also explore how long you need to prepare before actually moving, how to get help and key things to have set up at 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.

And remember, if this is your first time on this channel, and you wanna get these latest strategies and hear from the experts, hit the subscription button [00:00:30] below. Hit the little notification bell, so you don't miss anything.

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 Nate, the question we're gonna answer today is:

What do I need to know before moving out?

Nate Edwards:             

One of the very first things you should know is moving is a painful process. There's a ton of work associated with it.

There's a lot of emotion.

It's stressful, but at the end of the day, [00:01:00] this transition is gonna be one of the most rewarding experiences you'll ever go through.

Karl Yeh:                      

So I remember when I was first moving out, I downloaded a list from Canada Post, and it gave me every single thing I needed to do.

Everything from what I needed to do to notify the banks, notify my credit cards, things I didn't even know.

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So in your opinion, 

How do I get started?

Nate Edwards:             

Good question.

There's a million resources out there available on the internet. [00:01:30]

Those checklists are definitely a huge, tremendous amount of support and resources.

Why moving is so stressful is because it is all the million moving parts.

It's not the actual move day itself. It's all those little things that just accumulate and create all that stress.

So follow a checklist, follow some simple rules, and start today. Start working on it. Don't procrastinate.

Karl Yeh:                      

How long do you think I need to prepare before moving out?

Nate Edwards:             

Rule of thumb, if you've got 30 days, 30 days is an ideal [00:02:00] time for you to start building out your plan, getting all of your things in order, and really start ...

It's the packing that's gonna take a lot of that time, so if you can put together a plan where you can isolate specific rooms, and just start picking away at it, I feel like that would be your best strategy.

Karl Yeh:                      

So before we pack, is there any specific things that I need to do to get started, besides getting a checklist obviously?

Nate Edwards:             

Yeah absolutely. Organization.

There's really a few things you [00:02:30] can do with the stuff that you have to move.

First and foremost, you're gonna have a junk pile, so start building that list of all the things you're gonna be throwing away.

You're also gonna have the donation pile, so this is things that you're gonna be giving to your friends or your family, or even a donation or a charity center.

And then everything else is ... That's typically the stuff that's gonna have to be moved.

So once you have those three separate piles, it's gonna make your life a little bit easier.

Getting help with your move

Karl Yeh:                      

Great. How about the people? Who do I have to let know, [00:03:00] even family members? How do I ... Who do I notify?

Nate Edwards:             

Who do you notify?

Well, it is a lot of work trying to get your friends and family to help you move. Best rule of thumb, bribe them. Beer. Pizza. Those little things go a long, long way.

Also offer to lend them your hand when they're moving. It is a community. You have to do it together, but bribe them. Beer and pizza always works.

The biggest things is talk to your utility provider. Talk to your [00:03:30] media provider.

The last thing you want to do on possession day is not having power in your new home or not having internet.

So those two things is ... That's something that people typically tend to forget and wait til the last minute, but do that first.

The move day can happen, but as long as you have internet and power at your new house, that's the most important thing.

Karl Yeh:                      

Great. Well thank you very much everyone for joining us. Catch us 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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