6 Weeks Before Moving:
- Contact your agent to start getting the details of your move organized as soon as you can.
- Create a “move information” file. Using an organizer folder with interior pockets makes it easy to store important information and collect receipts for moving related expenses.
- Ask the Canada Revenue Agency for information about tax deductions on moving expenses and what receipts you’ll need to keep. Give your previous employer your new address.
- Contact your insurance agent to transfer property, fire, auto and medical insurance.
- When organizing dental and medical records, be sure to include prescriptions, eyeglass specifications and vaccination records. Keep such items with you during the move.
- Contact any clubs or associations you are associated with for information on transferring, selling or ending you memberships.
- Wills, stock certificates and other one-of-a-kind items (jewelry, photos, and home videos) are difficult or impossible to replace. You may want to carry them with you instead of packing them.
4-5 Weeks Before Moving:
- Take an objective look at what you own, and decide what must go and what can be left behind. Books you’ve read and will never read again? The pan with the broken handle or the children’s long-forgotten games? Remember – extra weight costs more money. Consider having a garage sale to lighten the load.
- Sit down and start organizing your move. Make a list with three columns: items to leave behind, items for moving company, and items you’ll move by yourself. If you haven’t done so, consider taking a household inventory for your records and to determine the declared value of the shipment.
- Prepare a list of friends, family, business firms and others who should be notified of your move. The post office and any billing company should also be made aware of your move.
- Make arrangements to move any one-of-a-kind or special items. Often times they may require packing materials and procedures that are best left to moving professionals or a third-party specialist.
2-3 Weeks Before Moving:
- Make final packing decisions. Start preparing for the move by packing those items you don’t use often.
- Clean and clear your home, including closets, basements and attics.
- Properly dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, acids, chemistry sets, weed killer, etc.
- A list of “non-allowables” is available for your reference.
- Plan meals that will use up food in your freezer.
- Backup all of your computer files and take the backups with you in the car, since software is sensitive to temperature extremes.
- Arrange transport of pets and plants. Secure all records from the veterinarian and see that rabies and identification tags are attached to the pets collar.
1 Week before Moving:
- This is the week to tie up loose ends. Check back through your planner to make sure you haven’t overlooked anything.
- Arrange to have your gas, electric, cable, phone, etc. turned off at your current residence and turned on at your future home.
- Mark boxes requiring special attention, fragile handling, and load last preferences.
- Make sure your mover knows the address and phone number where you can be reached until you get into your new home. Cell phone or E-mail are excellent ways to communicate during the move.
- Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator and freezer and clean your stove at least 24 hours before moving.
Move Out Day
- Strip your beds and make sure the bedding goes into a “load last” box.
- Be on hand when the movers arrive or make arrangements for someone to be there as your representative.
- Pack your vacuum last so that you can clean before the furniture is unloaded.
- Review all paperwork and details with your mover.
- Take a last minute walk-through to make sure doors and windows are locked, lights are off, old keys and garage door openers are left for future residents, and that you haven’t left anything
- Moving In:
The moving truck operator will contact you 24 hours prior to the expected arrival time in order to make plans for unloading.
Be on hand when the movers arrive to answer any questions and check the inventory of your goods upon delivery.
If your move is a C.O.D. please have your payment ready.
- Take these items into consideration while still at the old location:
- Arrange for a professional mover
- Take household goods inventory
- Check with your insurance agent about coverage for the move, transfer of policies
- Clean out closets/garage
- Send draperies and rugs to cleaners in time for packing with other goods
- Defrost freezer
- Call your landlord or the following to have services shut off or disconnected:
- Water company
- Cable TV company
- Electric company
- Newspaper delivery
- Gas/oil company
- Dairy delivery
- Telephone company
- Notify post office of new address and send change of address cards to:
- Charge accounts
- Credit cards
- Loan companies
- Friends, relatives
Take care of household and personal business:
- Pick up any clothing, storage items from cleaners
- Empty safe-deposit box
- Arrange for banking in new location, transfer bank funds
- Arrange for local school to transfer children’s records
Ask dentist for recommendations of new dentist and arrange for records to be forwarded.
General dentist ___________________________________
Ask physician(s) for recommendations and arrange for records to be forwarded.
Family doctor ____________________________________
- Obtain veterinarian records
- Have appliances serviced for moving, if applicable
- Transfer church, club, civic organization memberships; obtain letters of introduction
Obtain moving company’s toll-free telephone number to check progress of shipment:
Name of company ________________________________
Telephone number ________________________________
Make travel arrangements:
- Hotel reservations
- Arrange for transportation of pets
- Car rental
- Plan auto route
Tell a close friend or relative your plans and let him/her act as your message center.
- Check closets, shelves, all rooms to be sure they are empty
- Leave current house or apartment in clean condition
Before Arriving At New Location
Arrange for utility services in new area:
- Water company
- Electric company
- Gas/oil company
- Telephone/internet/cable company
Ask new landlord, previous tenant or real estate agent for recommendations for repair services:
TV repair __________________________________________
- Order local newspapers
- Meet your neighbors (write down their names)
- Get recommendations for babysitters, nanny agencies, etc.
- Contact Welcome Wagon, Welcome Ambassador, or other merchant-sponsored organizations for information and free gifts, coupons
- Join Newcomers Club
- Put valuables into a safety deposit box in the new bank
- Arrange for new school to receive records
- Contact new dentists and doctors to arrange for record delivery
- Have pets licensed
- Arrange for new registration of cars (bicycles, also, if required)
- Obtain new driver’s license if you moved to a new province, or correct address on present licment on hand for your moving charges.
- Confirm that utilities are turned on at your new residence.
- To prevent possible damage, wait at least 24 hours before turning on major electronics, allowing time for them to adjust to any change in temperature.
- Examine everything as it’s unloaded, you will be asked to sign for its receipt and condition.