Moving to a new home can be an overwhelming process, especially for first-timers. However, you do not need to have the experience to be able to do it smoothly. All you need is this guide to help you get the whole process started.

Assuming that your new house is already waiting for you, here are the four things you should do before making your first move.

#1: Build a moving checklist

Apart from this guide, you should have a list of all the things you need to do and all the items you need to transfer. It will make the process more organized and ensure that you will not forget about crucial tasks or leave essential items. Consider adding a target time frame for each task to make the entire process more manageable. 

#2: Consider decluttering your home

If you want to save on expenses and earn in the process, decluttering is the way to go. There might be items in your house that you no longer find useful. Letting them go means more space for your moving truck and less expenses for you.

You can donate these items or put them on sale. As you go through the process of decluttering for your fresh start, take it as the opportunity to make an inventory for all the items you will bring. Packing and unpacking items will be easier if you know what things you put in what box. Fewer items also mean faster packing time for you. 

#3: Get the most accurate moving cost estimate 

Another vital task is to find out how much the move will cost you. You can start by calling reputable moving companies to ask for free cost estimates, but do not settle with what they will give you. Remember that your goal is to get the most accurate estimate. Once you get an initial quote, ask them if they can provide you with a more detailed costing. The moving company will then visit your home to see how many items you will bring and how much it will cost them to move all of them for you. 

#4: Hire a mover instead of doing it yourself

You might think that opting for a DIY move can help you save on costs, but that is not always how it goes. Sometimes, the DIY route is even more expensive than hiring a mover. You need to invest in packing supplies, rent a moving van, and do all the lifting and driving. Moreover, you will not have insurance to save you if your property gets damaged during the process.

Consider hiring professional movers instead. Just make sure to do your research, read online reviews, and work with reputable companies.


Moving will be less complicated if you know the process you need to go through. You do not need to have prior experience to succeed. You just have to know the essential tasks. Before you make your life-changing move, make sure to refer to our checklist above. It will help you ensure that everything’s under control and that you do not miss anything important.

Are you looking for local moving companies for your upcoming big move? Ottawa Moving & Delivery is here to serve you. We are a fully-insured and full-service moving company with more than ten years of experience helping Ottawa residents move to their new homes. We also offer single-item delivery and last-minute moving services. Call us at 613-247-7918 for an instant quotation.