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Moving Checklist

Use this moving checklist to begin preparing early for your move. It's never too early to start planning for your move, and a comprehensive moving timeline and checklist are some of the best ways to ensure a smoother move.


Moving Timeline: Eight Weeks Before Move
-If you are hiring a mover, contact them and make arrangements for the move day.
-Remove items from your attic, basement, storage shed, etc.
-Start to use things that you can't move with you, such as frozen foods, etc.
-Obtain information about your new city by contacting the chamber of commerce or visitor/tourism bureaus.

Moving Timeline: Six Weeks Before Move
-If you are a relocating employee, verify what expenses and responsibilities each party is responsible for.
-Contact Revenue Canada and/or your accountant for information on what moving expenses may be tax deductible.
-Inventory and evaluate your belongings. Can you discard items and save money during the move?
-List everyone you must notify of your move, including creditors, subscriptions, family, professional contacts, friends, etc.
-Get a mail subscription to the local paper in your new community to get to know your new area.
-Locate all motor vehicle registration and licensing documents.
-Do you need storage-in-transit or permanent storage? Make these arrangements now or check with your mover for more information.
-Obtain personal records from doctors, dentists, lawyers, schools, accountants, etc. Ask for referrals where possible.

Moving Timeline: Four Weeks Before Move
-Submit a Change of Address form to the post office to arrange mail to be forwarded to your new address.
-Arrange for special transportation for your pets and plants.
-Contact utility and related companies (gas, electric, oil, water, telephone, cable TV and garbage collection) for service disconnect/connect at your old and new addresses. However, remember to keep phone and utilities connected at your current home throughout moving day.
-Arrange for coverage in your new home by contacting insurance companies including auto, home or renter's, medical and life, etc.
-Arrange for your children’s school records to be transferred to their new school.
-Dispose of hazardous goods.
-If you're packing yourself, purchase moving boxes. Pack items that you won't be needing in the next month.
-Be sure to clearly label or number your boxes to make unpacking and finding items easier.
-As you pack, make notes of items of significant value (TV’s, electronics, computers, etc). as you may need to declare items of value if they are lost or damaged during the move.
-Donate items to charity or plan a garage sale to unload items you do not want to bring with you to your new location.

Moving Timeline: Three Weeks Before Move
-Make the travel arrangements for your trip, but do not make plane reservations for the same day that you're moving out in case there are delays or unexpected situations.
-Gather all your important documents, including insurance coverage, will, deeds, stocks, etc.

Moving Timeline: Two Weeks Before Move
-Take your car in to be checked and serviced for your trip. Be sure your vehicle is prepared
-Schedule use of the elevators in your building, if applicable.
-Call your moving company to review and confirm all the aspects of your move.
-Plan meals to use up stocks of canned and frozen food.
-Settle any outstanding bills with local merchants.
-Withdraw the contents of your safety deposit box, pick up dry cleaning, return library books and videos, etc.
-Be sure to take pets to the vet for any necessary immunizations and obtain copies of your pet's records while there.
-Arrange care for young children during the busy days of packing, loading and moving in.
-Drain gas and oil from equipment such as lawn mowers, snow blowers, etc.
-Prepare specific directions to your new home for your moving company. Also provide your new contact information where you can be reached.
-If required, cancel or transfer any delivery services (newspaper, etc).
-Finish all of your packing.
-Close charge accounts at any local retailers.
-Defrost your freezer and refrigerator.
-Pack a carton full of your personal items that you will want immediately in your new home. Either have this box loaded last on the truck, or bring it with you during the move.
-Be sure to set aside those items that are not being moved, this way they are not loaded on to the trucks on accident.
-Prepare a list of items you’ll need immediately at your new home such as chargers for your cell phone or other electronics, flashlights, light bulbs, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, snacks and drinks. -Pack these last and unload them first.
-Start dismantling furniture if you are moving yourself.
-Set aside items to take in the car, including jewelry and passports.
-Be there when the truck is being loaded and unloaded in case your movers have questions.
-If you are using movers, make sure to check your belongings to make sure there are no damaged products.


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