Moving and Packing for a Last Minute Move

When a new opportunity presents itself that is too good to pass up or you have to relocate on short notice for a family emergency, a last minute move can be very stressful. Last minute moves are more common than uncommon. A professional Vancouver moving company will be able to offer good advice that will help your moving day be a successful one.

Hire a Vancouver Moving Company

What kind of move will you be making? Is it a local move, a short distance move, or a long distance move? Hire a Vancouver moving company that specializes in the type of move you will be making. Especially if you have to make your last minute move during peak times (typically April to September) or it’s a long distance relocation, book as far in advance as possible and pick a day during the week (Monday to Thursday).

Vancouver movers offer a variety of moving and packing services. Consider budgeting for services such as full-service packing, partial packing, and custom crating (piano, pool table, clawfoot bathtub). It will save get the job done faster and free up your time for other aspects of your last minute move.

If you will be self-packing, buy your moving boxes and moving and packing supplies from your moving company. It will save time gathering together the supplies you’ll need and make loading the truck more efficient for the moving crew (boxes will be standard sizes). To save even more time, think about renting plastic moving boxes – they don’t have to be assembled.

Downsize by Priority

 Start with large items, bigger furniture pieces, and outdated electronics or things that can’t be fixed. Downsizing these types of household items first will help weed out things that would otherwise add unnecessary volume to what the movers need to load into the moving truck.

Having less time for decluttering or downsizing can be a plus rather than a minus. It gives you “permission” to be ruthless and less time to think about what to pack and what to throw away.

If you end up becoming really pressed for time, you can always empty the contents of drawers/closets into moving boxes and bubble wrap knickknacks and sort them after you move into your new place.

 Hire Professional Packers

Probably the most intimidating moving checklist task is packing. You will save time and energy when you hire professional packers, they don’t have the same emotional attachment to your things as you do, allowing them to pack faster and more efficiently. Also, a professional moving and packing team will pack your household belongings using the proper techniques for each type of item that requires packing.

Self-Packing for a Last Minute Move

If hiring professional packers isn’t in your budget, here are some useful tips for self-packing for a last minute move:

  • save time by ordering all of your moving and packing supplies from one place – online, from a Vancouver moving company, or an office supply store
  • pack one room at a time and assemble boxes as needed – it will help keep the rest of the house “normal” and give you more space to work
  • ask for help and schedule helpers when and where they will be the most effective – you don’t want all 7 of your volunteers in one place at the same time
  • invest in wardrobe boxes – you can remove articles of clothing still on their hangers from the closet and into a wardrobe box

Hire Professional Cleaners

When you’re moving last minute, cleaning your house from top to bottom can take up a big chunk of your available moving time. Hire professional cleaners to do it for you so that you can focus on other things that need to get done by moving day. Consider hiring a professional cleaning service for the home you’re moving into as well.


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