MOVING CHECKLIST


 
Four Weeks Before Moving
 Get quotations from moving companies.
 
Tour your house and decide which items should be discarded or donated - consider a garage sale.
  Notify financial organizations, insurance companies, medical practitioners, credit card companies, etc. of your move.
  Arrange transfer of school records if changing schools.
  Arrange for shutting off of all utilities and the connection of all utilities at your new home. 
  Discontinue any services such as cleaning services, pool maintenance, window cleaners, snow remover, landscapers etc.
  Cancel telephone landline or transfer for the last possible moment of the day of your move.

  Advise Canada Post and complete change of address cards.
  Check and clear any outstanding property taxes on your present property.
   Have appraisals done on any valuable items in case of insurance claims from moving company (Taking pictures of these items is a great benefit).
   Ensure adequate insurance for household goods is still in place while goods are in transit or storage.
   Organize any work to be completed at your new home.

Three Weeks Before Moving
 
Plan to use up most of your food items before the move.
   Make a plan on what to do with kids and pets on moving day.
   Assign colour/number for each room to label boxes.
   Collect all paperwork and combine into moving folder that you can transport with you to your new home.
   Pack up infrequently used items.

Two Weeks Before Moving
   Return any borrowed items.
   Pack up majority of items.

One Week Before Moving
  
Pack a suitcase of clothes/necessities for a week: include medications, snacks, pet food, toiletries etc.
   Pack up remainder of belongings - Don't forget items in your back yard and shed.


Moving Day
  Double check every room.
   Leave any warranties, manuals, special instructions, location of mailbox and any keys for the new owner.
   Lock all windows and doors.
   Make sure the place is spotless before you leave for the last time.


 
Storing and Packing
 

Packing Supplies
   Boxes
   Box cutters/scissors
   Packing tape and dispenser
   Wrapping materials
   Permanent markers
   Labels

   Coloured stickers

Storing and Packing Tips
  
Use packing paper, pads for inventory and felt markers
   Heavy twine, masking tape, boxes and containers for packing
   Empty gas tanks from lawn mowers, outboard motors etc.
   Remove all batteries from appliances and toys
   Mark contents of all boxes clearly, specifying which room they are to be placed in
   Set aside articles you wish to carry in the car in cartons marked 'Do Not Load'
   Make sure you keep a telephone with you
   Tie or tape brooms and mops together and bundle curtain rods
   Make sure all fragile items are indicated
   Carry all jewellery, valuable papers and currency with you
   Ensure tops are secure for all liquids
   Pack all books on edge in small boxes
   Crate glass table tops, large mirrors and valuable artwork
   Limit carton weight to about 60 pounds
   Tie or tape all boxes securely
   Lamp shades should be placed in boxes by themselves
   Small appliances should be placed in the bottom of boxes
   Heavy china with extra padding at the bottom of the box
   Flat pieces should be placed on their edges
   Small items can be placed in a smaller box inside a larger box
   Dismantle large power tools before moving
   Remove fixtures fastened to the wall
   Clothes and drapes should be placed in the wardrobes supplied by the movers
   Avoid overloading drawers when packing items in dressers
   Try not to use newspapers as the ink can rub off
   Do not leave shelves loose in the stoves or refrigerators
   Do not roll mattresses or rugs - the movers have special cartons

On Moving Day...
  If possible, have friends or relatives take care of small children and pets
   Check each carton for loss or damage

   Prepare a list of damaged or lost articles
   Make sure movers are paid
   Get all meters read and utilities turned on in new home
   Make arrangements to have appliances hooked up
   Setup bedrooms and kitchen first
   Have a tool kit handy

Survival Pack

   Soap
   Paper plates
   Plastic utensils
   Plastic/paper cups
   Corkscrew
   Tissues
   Toilet paper
   Paper towel
   Kettle
   Coffee/Tea
   Screw Driver
   Hammer
   Garbage Bags
   Clean Clothes

 
The Benefits Of Buyer Visits And What To Do On Them!
 
   Take pictures of all the appliances; this helps to make sure the seller does not switch out appliances.
   Take measurements of all spaces so that you are able to confirm that furniture fits in the new house.
   Provides you with an opportunity to bring in your contractor for any work that you may want to get done.
   It gives you an opportunity to show your family.
   Problem solving; Provides you with the opportunity to be aware of any problems that should be addressed prior to moving in.