Preparing for Posting
By Jacki Hollywood Brown
Very soon, if not already, members of the Canadian Forces will receive their posting message. Some of these postings will require members and their families to move, sometimes across the province, sometimes across the country. Regardless of how far you have to move, here are some things that you can do right now that will reduce the stress during the move.
Buy smaller. Although most of us buy the club pack or family size items to save a few dollars, we may end up with a half finished bottle of ketchup or a half finished bottle of bleach. Moving companies won't transport perishable foods or cleaning products so whatever you have left lying around the house ends up getting thrown out or passed on to neighbours and friends. Now is the time to think about buying smaller sized items to ensure that you'll have most of it used up by the time you move.
Watch your mail. Make a list of all the mail you receive. Record subscription numbers on magazines either on paper or on a computer spreadsheet. If you donate to charities, make sure they have your new address so that you will receive your income tax receipts for next year. Remember, you can claim the fees for having your mail re-routed for 12 months!
Pitch the paper. The heaviest thing to move in your house isn't your piano or your fitness equipment, it is your paper. From piles of bills to books, there is a lot of paper in your home. Shred documents you no longer need and donate gently used books to the local library.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be. Although it is fine to borrow items and loan them out, now is the time to give back anything you've borrowed and get back the things you've loaned. It may take some time to track down everyone and everything so start now! Ensure your children have returned items to their friends and have collected items they've loaned out too!
Collect contact information. Ensure that you have the contact information (address, phone numbers) of medical, dental and health service centres (physiotherapist, X-ray clinic) you've visited. You'll need this information to have your records transferred to your new health service centres. Take a business card from the clinic and write down their hours on the back of the card. When you go to the new medical clinic you can take the old card and ask to have records shipped from the old place to the new place. Put all the cards in an Avery business card page to keep them organized.
Start the home sale preparations. If you're selling your home, consider having your home inspected. The inspector will tell you all of the things you need to get repaired or updated. By booking this appointment now, you'll leave yourself enough time and enough money to make the updates before you have to put your home on the market. You may also want to consult a home stager. These professionals will give you advice on choosing paint colours and accessorizing your home. By booking in advance now, you'll give yourself time to re-paint and do all the little touch ups. It will give you the chance to spread the cost over several months too.
Head on over to www.j-organize.ca and check out the articles under "Moving" for more tips!