months before moving date
Make an inventory of your possessions and photograph valuables.
Remove unnecessary items from your attic, basement, closets
and other storage areas.
Decide which items you want to keep and which you would
like to donate or sell.
Get estimates from three or four moving companies.
Call your insurance agent to find out if your move is covered.
Try to use up things that you will not be taking with you
like cleaning supplies and frozen foods.
Create a file for all moving papers and receipts.
Find out if any part of your move is tax-deductible.
If you have children, arrange to have their school records
Important Items To Collect
For Your Move:
Boxes, Liquor and computer stores are a good source for
Weeks Before Moving date
Get information on health-care professionals and hospitals
in your new location.
a change of address card at the post office for the following:
trade unions, professional associations
Canada, Provincial government
broker, lawyer, accountant and stockbroker
Hold a garage sale or donate items to charities.
Choose a mover - Do not forget to ask them about insurance
Begin packing. See important Packing Tips
Contact gas, electric, water, telephone, cable TV, trash
collection and other services for disconnect and connect
at your new addresses. Also, Make sure to ask for final
billings at your old address as of the closing date.
Notify your gardener, snow removal, weed sprayer and any
others who work regularly on your home.
Gather car licensing and registration documents, medical,
dental and school records, birth certificates, wills, deeds,
stock and other financial documentation.
Request refunds on unused renter's or homeowners insurance
and any prepaid services.
Notify landlord and request security deposit refund.
Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowners, medical
and life) to arrange for coverage in your new home.
Send furniture, drapes and carpets for repair and cleaning
Arrange to close current bank accounts and open them in
new locations (if applicable).
Notify the Provincial authorities to transfer your driver's
licenses and car licenses to your new address.
Make your travel plans (if applicable).
Arrange for childcare on moving day.
Review and reconfirm arrangements with the moving company.
Arrange special transport for pets, plants, jewelry and
other delicate items.
Service your car if you are planning a long trip.
Cancel newspaper delivery.
Get a copy of pet records from veterinarian.
Pick up dry cleaning, return library books and rented videos,
etc. Settle all outstanding bills with local retailers particularly
if moving out of the city.
If you are on prescription medication, be sure to have a
two weeks supply on hand.
Drain gas and oil from power equipment.
Prepare detailed directions to both old and new homes for
your moving company. Include an itinerary with emergency
Few Days Before
Defrost refrigerators and freezers.
Disconnect all major appliances.
Contact your moving company for any updates.
Pack first night items. These include: Sheets, towels, toiletries,
phone, alarm clock, change of clothes and flashlight.
Pack your Mover's Survival Kit: Scissors, utility knife,
masking and/or duct tape, coffee, coffee maker and paper
cups, water and soft drinks, snacks, paper plates and plastic
utensils, paper towels, toilet paper, soap, pen and notepad,
local phone books, garbage bags, shelf liner, and aspirin.
Be home to answer any questions your mover may have.
Record all utility meter readings.
Stay until your movers are finished.
Complete information on the bill of lading and carefully
read the document and the inventory sheet before signing
Keep your copies of the bill of lading and inventory until
your possessions are delivered, the charges are paid, and
any claims are settled.
Take one final look around to see if you forgot anything.
Give movers the directions to your new home and an emergency
number (like a cell phone number) where they can reach you.
Your New Home
Try to have someone at your new home to welcome the movers
and be on hand to answer any questions.
Unpack first night items and Mover's Survival Kit.
Account for your items with your inventory sheet.
Check for damaged or missing items.
Pay for movers.
Place moving and other important documents in a safe place.
Go to the post office and collect held mail.
Take a deep sigh of relief, You are home at last!!
Tips For Your Move
your boxes as you pack them including where they should
go in your new home.
- Pack heavy
items in small boxes.
- Wrap breakables
in newspaper, bubble wrap, clothes or towels.
lamps, china, and artwork and other breakables for professional
movers to pack.
overstuff boxes, leave some extra room at the top.
pack jewelry, important papers or medicine.
- Tape cords
underneath all electrical appliances.
tape furniture doors and drawers - tape damages them.