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1 – 2 Months before the move.

(  )  Create a binder / folder for moving records. (estimates, receipts, inventory lists, etc.)

(  )  Plan your moving method (truck rental, hiring movers, etc.) and get cost estimates.

(  )  See if your employer will provide moving expense benefits.

(  )  Research storage facilities if needed.

(  )  Schedule disconnection/connection of utilities at old and new place:

(  ) Phone  (  ) Internet  (  ) Cable  (  ) Water  (  ) Gas  (  ) Electric

(  )  Plan how you will move vehicles, plants, pets, and valuables.

(  )  Plan how you will arrange furniture in the new place – use a floor plan or sketch.

(  )  Schedule transfer of records (medical, children in school, etc.)

(  )  Acquire packing materials. (boxes, tape, stuffing/padding, markers, etc.)

(  )  Return borrowed, checked-out, and rented items.

(  )  Give back things you have lent to others.

(  )  Start using up stored food so that there is less to move.

3-4 Weeks before the move.

(  )  Finalize moving method and make necessary arrangements.

(  )  Begin packing non-essential items.

(  )  Label boxes according to room and contents.

(  )  Separate valuable items to transport yourself.

– Label as DO NOT MOVE.

(  )  Keep a box out for storing pieces, parts, and essential tools that you will want to keep with you on

moving day.

– Label as PARTS / DO NOT MOVE.

(  )  Fill out a change of address form at a post office or online.

(  )  Provide important contacts with your new address:

(  ) Employer  (  ) Family and Friends  (  ) Attorney  (  ) Accountant  (  ) Others

(  )  Notify your insurance and credit card companies about your change of address.

1- 2 Weeks before the move.

(  )  Continue packing and cleaning as you go.

(  )  Pack items separately that you will need right away when you get to your new place.

(  )  Plan to take the day off for moving day.

(  )  Find someone to help watch small children on moving day.

(  )  Begin to pack your suitcases with clothes and personal items you will need for the trip.

(  )  Reconfirm your method of moving with those involved.

(  )  Schedule cancellation of services at your old place:

(  ) Newspaper  (  ) Housecleaning  (  ) Lawn  (  ) Pool

(  )  Disassemble furniture if necessary. (desks, shelves, etc.)

(  )  Make sure all paperwork for the old and new place is complete.

(  )  If travelling far, notify credit card companies to prevent automated deactivation.

(  )  Get rid of flammables, such as paint, propane, and gasoline.

(  )  Try to use up perishable foods.

2-4 Days before the move.

(  )  Confirm all moving details and confirm that you have all necessary paperwork.

(  )  Make a schedule or action plan for the day of the move.

(  )  Prepare for the moving expenses. (transport, food, lodging)

(  )  Continue cleaning the house as you are packing.

(  )  Defrost your freezer and clean the fridge.

(  )  Make sure essential tools are handy. (screwdriver, wrench, pliers, tape, etc.)

(  )  Pack a bag containing water bottles, pen and paper, snacks, documents, and essentials.

(  )  Set boxes and items that you are moving yourself aside. (make sure you’ll have room)

Moving Day!

(  )  Remove bedding and take apart beds.

(  )  Go early to pick up the truck if you rented one.

(  )  Take movers/ helpers through the house to inform them of what to do.

(  )  Walk through the empty place to check for things left behind. (look behind doors)

(  )  Leave your contact information for the new residents to forward mail.

(  )  Make sure movers have the correct new address.

(  )  Lock windows and doors, turn off lights.

At Your New Place…

 (  )  Verify utilities are turned on and working – especially power, water, heating, and cooling.

(  )  Perform an initial inspection, note all damages, take photographs if needed.

(  )  Clean the kitchen and vacuum as needed. (especially where furniture will be placed)

(  )  Direct movers/ helpers where to put things.

(  )  Offer drinks and snacks, especially if the helpers are volunteers.

(  )  Assemble beds with bedding.

(  )  Begin unpacking, starting with the kitchen, bathroom, and other essentials.

Moving In – Weeks 1 & 2.

(  )  Check for damages while unpacking. Be aware of deadlines for insurance claims.

(  )  Replace locks if necessary and make at least 2 copies of your new keys.

(  )  Confirm that mail is now arriving at your new address.

(  )  Make sure your previous utilities have been paid for and cancelled.

(  )  Complete your change of address checklist:

(  ) Bank(s)  (  ) Credit Cards  (  ) CRA  (  ) Loans  (  ) Insurance  (  ) Pension Plans

(  ) Attorney  (  ) Accountant  (  ) Physicians  (  ) Family Support

(  ) Newspapers  (  ) Magazines  (  ) Licenses  (  ) Memberships

(  )  Schedule a time to get local driving license and update vehicle registration.

(  )  Get local phonebooks and maps.

(  )  Find new doctors, dentists, etc., depending on your needs and insurance.

(  )  After you are moved in, update your home inventory, including photos of rooms.

(  )  Update your renters insurance or homeowners insurance if needed.