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
– 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)
( ) 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.