Moving Tips and Tricks

Posted on 03/06

All the excitement of moving day can be a huge distraction when your biggest task is making sure you pack everything you need, which is why you should prepare well in advance to ensure nothing is left behind. Tossing all your belongings in a truck is no way to say goodbye to your old house. Staying organized can make the moving process quick and easy allowing you to spend more time reminiscing on your past household memories, instead of stressing about which box has the kitchen utensils. Avoid the chaos by following these moving tips and tricks.

  1. Change all documents prior to moving - Although paperwork is the last thing on your mind when you need to start clearing out your old house, it is important that you handle changing all your documents to state your new home address before actually moving in. The process could take a couple of days which is why you want to have everything finalized so you can truly feel at home.
  2. De-clutter - Get rid of all unnecessary items or old clothing to create more space for the essentials. Clearing out the old also makes moving into your new home a lot easier because you will have less to unpack.
  3. Pack an overnight bag - The truth is, you are going to be exhausted after moving day and the minute you lay on your newly purchased bed, you’re not going to want to get up and unpack boxes. So, having an overnight bag with all your essentials saves you hours of searching just to find a comfortable pajama to sleep in. Doing this also allows for a fresh start the next morning to tackle the stacks of boxes that are piling up in the hallway.
  4. Extra padding - Who would have thought socks can be multi-purpose? Pull out the clean socks and store small breakable items like, eye-wear, figurines, glasses, etc., without worrying about having to misplace them. Use different colour socks as a labelling technique so you know how to find everything afterwards.
  5. Reuse bags and boxes - Keep your move as affordable as possible, you will have plenty of time in your new home to splurge. Using laundry baskets, storage containers and suitcases that you already have are perfect to transport heavier objects. With less boxes/bags being used means there will be more space in the moving truck.
  6. Protect the powder - Ladies, we all know makeup is a lot more expensive than we like to admit, and it’s a little heartbreaking when you open up your makeup bag and see that powder has cracked and spilled everywhere during the move. Sticking a cotton pad or ball into the pallet keeps the powder secure without the chance of cracking.
  7. Have a system - Place your valuables in the boxes using a systematic technique like, putting plates, vases, bowls individually in a horizontal fashion between a layer of paper and bubble wrap for extra support.
  8. Take photos - Nothing is more overwhelming than repeatedly trying to put something together and failing. For things that need to be taken apart and assembled again, snap a few photos of the whole object to see exactly how each piece fits.
  9. Stock up on tape - If it’s not obvious enough, you’re going to go through quite a few rolls of tape while packing up. Head to the supply store before you start unloading everything off shelves and cupboards so that you are not running around the house tripping over open boxes trying to find the tape - opt for Uline Industrial Tape, it’s durable and sticks on any surface.
  10. Get some help - Call up your friends and order some food because you’re going to be prepping the move for a long time. Something like this cannot be completed over night, which is why you should organize your packing well in advance before your moving day. Also, a lot of work needs to be put in to ensure a successful move and a little help can make all the difference.

Don’t ruin moving day by doing everything last minute and spend your time focusing on saying goodbye, and hello to your new home.

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As we all navigate through these unprecedented times, please be advised that LIV Communities’ priority is ensuring the well-being of our customers, employees, trades, suppliers, as well as our communities.   As we continue to closely monitor the risks associated with COVID-19, we are taking all necessary precautions as guided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Canada and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To support the well-being of our team members, we have adjusted to remote work schedules, remote and virtual meetings, as well as implemented social distancing and enhanced cleaning measures to ensure that our environments remain as safe as possible across our organization and within communities.

We have proactively set up all employees to be able to work efficiently in a remote environment, so rest assured, your phone calls and emails will be attended to. We are communicating regularly with homeowners on an individual and departmental basis.

Please see below for department updates made the morning of Monday, March 23rd.  As always, please feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] or 289.245.1300 for any general inquiries.

Head Office:  Although we have proactively set up all employees to be able to work efficiently in a remote environment, we are currently operating with rotating, minimal staff in the office. Our Head Office doors are locked and potential visitors are asked to email [email protected] or call 289.245.1300

Sales Centres:  Our Nature’s Grand sales centre is open by appointment only beginning Sunday, May 24, 2020. Please note that there is a 2 purchaser maximum allowed to each appointment time (and no children). We are also still accepting virtual appointments via video or phone call. To book an in-person or virtual appointment, please call us at 226.922.0354 or email [email protected].

Service Department: All service is temporarily suspended.  Emergency situations must be directed to [email protected], or by contacting 905.971.0786.

Site Construction Teams: All necessary safety precautions are being taken as we mitigate with an essential and limited crew.  As information and policies are rapidly changing, our site staff is working and communicating continuously with municipalities and trades as well as our homeowners to provide the most current information. For more specific information, please contact [email protected] or 289.245.1300.

Décor Centre: As of April 27th, our Décor Studio will be available for appointments for our homeowners. The Décor Studio continues to be closed for all browsing and visitors.

The wellbeing of our clients and staff are paramount and we are taking all precautionary measures to ensure we maintain the highest possible standards surrounding health and safety. We have implemented the following increased preventative measures:

  • Up to 2 adult visitors per home who are on the Agreement of Purchase and Sale, per appointment. No children under the age of 18.
  • Plexi barriers have been installed at work stations.
  • Ample hand-sanitizer will be provided and increased frequency of disinfecting areas has been implemented.
  • Vigilant hygiene practices will be enforced during appointments.
  • Employees have also been reminded to take increased measures to reduce the risk of transmission of illness and to stay home if they are sick.

Our décor staff will also be screening clients when booking appointments, as well as prior to entry into the building. Individuals will be asked a series of health questions, as well as travel history.

If you are a homeowner with questions or concerns, please reach out to [email protected], or phone 905.304.0471.

Thank you for your understanding and wishing everyone the best of health,

The LIV Communities Team