Moving Day Success | A 10 Step Guide

If you’re doing your own packing, make sure you give yourself plenty of time; at least six weeks before your move date. Calgary Movers book fast during the middle and end of the month, plan in advance and reserve your moving truck and crew as early as you can. Also keep in mind that Moving Companies like TSM Moving are in high demand during summer months and hourly rates will be lower during the winter season.

2. Ask your Moving Company for FREE Moving Boxes

Start with purchasing the right packing supplies. Buying the right moving supplies from the beginning will save you time and energy. Ensure you have strong moving boxes, marking pens, packing paper for wrapping, tape and scissors . TSM Moving has a Moving Box Program – ask if you qualify when booking your move

Note : You don’t want to have to re-pack or possibly break anything from a worn box so use preferable new moving boxes. 

3. Label Moving Boxes – with detail … don’t be lazy 

Each box sure clearly identify which room the box should go in whether it is FRAGILE. It should also be noted if it should be loaded last so it can be unloading first.

This is a great idea for for labelling your boxes.

Or you can order these cool moving box labels from Amazon.

4. Purge/Donate and Declutter Your Unwanted Items 

Consider the benefits of owning fewer possessions: less to clean, organize, less stress, more money and energy . Many feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated around the idea of decluttering.  The journey doesn’t need to be painful. There are a variety of people who have come up with some fun, creative ways to get you started. Determine what you will be taking to the new home and purge items you no longer need or want. There is no point in moving things you no longer want or use.

See our post on Decluttering for more great tips!

Consider donating items to local charities in Calgary or recycling your old electronics.

Woman In Need Society @

Cerebral Palsy Association @

5. Pack your medicines and liquids in leak proof containers

Refrain from buying liquid items before moving day to prevent moving a large amount of liquids. Use up as many of the liquids as you can before moving day, throw or give them away if possible.   It will likely be less expensive to buy it new than to pay to have the movers transport to the new home.

Prohibited liquids movers can transport include explosives, flammable gases, poisons, corrosive materials, and toxic substances such as:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Paints/varnishes
  • Cleaning solvents
  • Fertilizer
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fuels/oils
  • Kerosene
  • Pesticides
  • Poisons
  • Propane tanks
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Sterno fuel
  • Weed killer

6. Complete School Transfers for your Children

If you have school aged children, you will need to research and make proper arrangements for transfers.

Calgary Public Transfer-Request-K-9-Schools

Calgary Catholic Transfer Details can be found here

7. Update Your Mailing Address with Canada Post

Notify or update your new mailing address with all provider’s, magazine subscriptions or consider a mail forwarding service.

Canada Post Mail Forwarding @

8. Settle matters regarding your Security/Damage Deposit

See if you can schedule a walk through with your landlord and determine the amount of reimbursement before moving day.

This article will ensure you Get Your Security Deposit Back

Keep a bag of essentials (toilet paper, medicine, ect ) with you so you’re not scrambling at the new house for something you need.

10. Have Fun and Enjoy Your New Home

Since the home you moved into likely fits into your lifestyle and has some of your desired amenities, the next step is to make it your own. These tips can help turn a house into a home.

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