Moving Smoothly

What should I do to make my move in go smoothly?

You’ve worked long and hard for this – the day you turn the keys on the front door of your new condominium. Congratulations! Following are some suggestion on where to begin:

Day 1

Get the pets settled

  • Set out food and water.
  • Let them sniff around their new surroundings.
  • Choose a spot not too far from you to put their bedding.
  • Try not to leave your pets in the new yard by themselves until you’ve had a few days to acquaint them with the new territory.

Unpack the essentials

  • Unpack your Waiting-for-the-Moving-Van Survival Kit.
  • Don’t worry about unpacking everything the first day.
  • Unpack your Open Me First box.

Check the house systems

  • Be sure the heating and/or air conditioner work and set the thermostat
  • Try out the electricity, phone, and water to confirm that you have service.
  • Be sure all major appliances are plugged in and turned on.
  • If you have gas, check the pilot lights on gas appliances.

Go grocery shopping

  • Get provisions for breakfast and other easy to prepare food

Quickly clean up

Be sure you are safe

  • Cover the windows. Statistics show a higher incidence of burglaries just after move in.
  • Check all the locks on the house and vehicles

Week 1

  • Unpack boxes
  • Check with the building manager about how to dispose of empty boxes
  • Choose an “all unpacked” date to drive you on
  • Consider throwing a small housewarming party a few weeks after you move.
  • Walk through the neighborhood
  • Make a list of service calls to make
  • Check the paint and note anything to be touched up or changed
  • Make a list of fix-it jobs and needed supplies
  • List people you still need to let know about your change of address


509 20th Avenue SW Calgary Alberta T2S 0E8
(403) 245-4477
(403) 592-6719



Royal LePage Benchmark
509 20 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta, T2S0E8
(403) 245-4477
(403) 592-6719



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