Its always worth setting up mail forwarding from your old address, and I advise doing this for 1 year.
It is time to move and all you can think about is how much you have to pack and get ready for. Not only do you have to pack up the households belongings you have to pack your families too. In my experience most families try to move during the summer or winter breaks from the kids school; that way it does not interrupt them too much. Since moving is stressful for parents, imagine how stressful it can be for young children and even teens. Not only are they moving households they could potentially be moving to Calgary to start a new life.
So heres a summary of what are some very useful moving tips (from local movers in Calgary) :
Does everything fit your new home?
Furniture that is in your existing home may well not fit into your new home, and its best to know this up front so you can sell it / donate it before you move.
Take some time to measure doorways etc and work out whether the larger items of furniture (your sofa/dresser etc) will fit into your new space.
There would be nothing worse than leaving a sofa on the front garden on moving day!
TIP This is also an useful exercise for working out whether you have suitable space for all your furniture. If you are downsizing its worth working out what can and cannot fit into your new home, and sorting these out before moving day
Most of the time we move out of the old house and into the new house on the same day.
There is however, good argument for moving in on the following day instead, creating a 2 day move.
If you can get the keys to your new house the day before your stuff arrives, you have a great chance to clean everything first, or put in new carpets/flooring etc.
Its so much easier to clean and add new flooring into a space when the house is empty, and then when you put all your stuff into the house you can be sure youre happy with the state of the house first (think kitchen cupboards, bathrooms, carpets etc)
It may well be worth paying for a 2 day removal service for this very reason.
Moving when you have children can have its own set of issues. Children often dont want to move as they like routine and are unsure of the unknown.
If you get them involved in the process and excited about the move then it can take this uncertainty out of the equation.
Get them to pack their own box for the move, and remember to pack this into your car on moving day (the last thing you want is for this specific box to go missing).
In it you can have things like:
Favourite teddy / doll
Book to read
Bedroom items to create their own space asap
Nightlight / reading lamp / torch
Change of clothes and bedtime clothes
You can then get them to unpack this themselves which will help them feel right at home immediately.
Theres nothing worse than getting to a new house and having to open all the boxes to find the night light they wont sleep without.