Things to consider when moving:

Contact two or more moving companies and obtain written estimates. Make sure the movers are clear about what items are to be included. Ask for references from each mover.  The lowest rate quoted is not necessarily the best deal.  Know what methods each moving company uses to calculate costs and where additional charges may add up.  Enquire about mover’s insurance.  You may need to purchase additional insurance to cover the replacement cost of goods that are lost or damaged.  Review your own insurance policy to see what coverage you have.  Once you have selected a moving company, get a written commitment, confirming the date of the move and time of arrival.

Get packing supplies such as: packing paper, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, boxes, tape, note pad for inventory, etc.

Check the measurements of your new home. Make sure that you have enough room for your larger pieces of furniture and that you can get them through the door.

Start packing, beginning with things you use infrequently.

Aim to finish packing a couple of days before the moving date. Make sure your boxes are labelled and numbered. Pack and clearly mark a “Need” box of items you will need right away.

As you pack, note items of special value.

Keep an inventory list as you pack. Number all boxes and mark the contents plainly on each box.

Set aside things you will personally transport to your new home, such as jewellery, important files, passport, delicates, breakables, etc.

Arrange for the family pets to be moved or to be left in someone’s care on moving day.

Arrange care for young children during the busy days of packing, loading and moving.

Decide what is really worth taking and what is not. Moving non-essentials can be expensive.

Contact Charities for pick up of unwanted clothes & items.

Arrange a yard or Garage sale for unnecessary belongings.

Start using up things you won’t want to move (such as frozen and perishable foods) and cleaning supplies (such as bleach and aerosols) that are too dangerous to move.

Drain fuel from the lawnmower and other machinery before moving them.

Resign from any clubs and organizations which are not active in your new community.

Check to make sure you have returned all rented items. Return library books, etc.

Fill out a change of address form with the post office.

Pack suitcases for everyone in the family, with enough clothes for a few days.

Alert any of the following about your move, either in writing, by phone, or online:

  • Banks, they can arrange a transfer of loans and accounts to a branch closer to your new home.
  • Credit card companies.
  • Insurance companies.
  • Utilities companies: Telus, Shaw, Bell, Atco, EPCOR, Other.
  • Human Resources department at work.
  • Doctors, other health care providers, veterinarian.
  • Magazines and newspapers you subscribe to.

If you are moving in or out of an apartment, book the elevator.

Reconfirm the moving day arrival time and other details with the moving company.

Prepare detailed written directions to your new home for the movers; including your contact information (cell phone number is ideal).

Ask the new occupants of your home or a neighbour to watch out for mail after you move and check in with them after two weeks and again after a month.

Plan to be home for the entire time it takes the movers to get you packed and loaded.

Before the movers leave, sign and keep a copy of the mover’s bill of loading / inventory list.

If you have sold your home, leave out all cleaning supplies.  Once everything is out of the house, give it a good cleaning the way you would expect your new home to be including:

  • Inside drawers and cabinets
  • All appliances (Refrigerator, Stove, Microwave)
  • Floors
  • Bathrooms

Your home is expected to be in the same condition it was last seen by the buyers.  If any damage was done during the move, it should be fixed.

Double check rooms, closets, drawers, shelves, outdoor areas and garage to make sure you have taken everything.

Thank you for taking the time to read the Moving Checklist, we hope you found it helpful.

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