Ah, Moving Day. A Montreal tradition as old as time. Okay, well maybe not, but July 1 is just around the corner so get ready kids! While it probably tops your list of things you'd really rather not do, moving doesn't have to be such a nightmare with just a little simple planning. So read on for some useful moving hacks that should ease the process, and own your moving day this year.
1. Get yourself some free boxes.
Most moving companies sell moving boxes, but why spend more money when you can get some perfectly decent boxes for free. More often than not, supermarkets, restaurants, department stores etc. have no qualms letting you take their empties off their hands before they put them out for recycling. Insider tip - Hit up the SAQ for sturdy wine boxes that are perfect for your knickknack and such. Bare in mind, managers will sometimes limit how many boxes you can take per day.
2. Win a free move with 3M.
Makers of Scotch Tape and Post it Notes, 3M want to make your move a lot less painful so are bringing fun and laughter to an often stressful day. On June 27, 28 and July 1, 3M will deploy street teams led by comedian Phil Roy to various communities across Quebec to offer support to movers. As part of their mission to make moving an easier and more pleasant experience, 3M will be distributing bags filled with 3M products, but are also offering a chance to win a free move and coupons for 3M products!
Until June 14, visit 3M.ca/MovingParty to register for your chance to win, and make sure to hashtag #3MMovingParty or #3MFetedesBoites to capture your moving moments to contribute to a good cause. For each hashtag shared, 3M will donate $2 to Habitat for Humanity - Province of Quebec, up to $8,000, so you can help those less fortunate move into new homes of their own.
3. Consider a moving company to save you and your friends much backache.
As much fun as it is to watch your friends struggle with your double wardrobe down 3 flights of stairs, sometimes it's better to let the professionals handle it. Hiring a moving company is definitely more expensive than a couple of 6-packs and a pizza pie, but not injuring yourself or your stuff just might be worth it. Montreal has many reliable moving companies suitable for a variety of budgets. Check out our top recommendations here.
4. Measure doorways, corridors, corners, railing width, etc. Measure everything.
There's nothing worse than finding that your bed frame refuses to fit through the doorway, or your couch is too awkward to get in the elevator, so it never hurts to measure first. It might not change the fact that your dresser is too effing big, but at least you can make arrangements before you are caught trying to unsuccessfully force it through a wall.
5. If possible, inspect, paint and clean new apartment before moving in.
You know that when you're moving, the last thing you're thinking about is the state of the apartment you're leaving. Well chances are, it's the same thing for the tenants leaving your new apartment. That's why it's always a good idea to get into the new apartment a few days early to inspect any damage, get a fresh coat of paint on the walls while it's empty, and properly clean shelves, cupboards, floors etc. so you can start settling in as soon as your stuff is moved.
6. Arrange your utilities beforehand.
It might seem like a no-brainer to some, but avoid paying for the utilities you're leaving behind. Make sure your phone, Hydro, cable, etc., are all cancelled at your old place and your mail is re-directed. At the same time, set up all your utilities at the new place so that you are not left with no WiFi as you sit in your box-filled apartment with nothing to entertain you. #Firstworldproblems
7. Organize your parking, elevators, etc.
Along the same lines as getting your utilities in order, being organized come moving day is key. Make your life easier by reserving your building's elevator and securing parking in front for the truck. Hopefully you've packed all your boxes room by room and labeled them accordingly so you can fill the truck in order to facilitate emptying and placing, and if you're getting your friends to help, consider assigning them specific duties so there is no confusion or time wasted.
8. Keep an eye on your valuables.
Very important, moving day is a prime time for thieves to hit your apartment/vehicles, so be aware of your stuff at all times. Do not label valuables, and ideally move your more precious belongings the day before or store them at a friend's or family's house.
9. Drink lots of liquids during the move.
It gets pretty hot and sweaty during the summer in Montreal, so make sure to stay hydrated. The last thing you want to do is crash and burn halfway through your move cause you're out of juice. And, as tempting as it is, avoid cracking open the beers until afterwards because you know damn well that it is not going to make things go faster.
It's finally over! Your stuff is moved, the hard part is done, so it's time to finally enjoy those beers you've patiently been saving all day. Welcome to your new home!