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While moving is not an easy process, being organized and staying calm can help to smooth the frayed nerves and make this process both pleasant and exciting!

We have created a time-line and check- list to assist you in the moving process. The best way to not feel rushed or pressured when making this big move is to be prepared ahead of time.

  • Create a "Moving" file to hold various documents & receipts.
  • Inventory everything in your current house.
  • Hold a garage sale and get rid of everything not needed and hidden in your attic, basement or garage.
  • Find out what, if any expenses, your employer will cover.
  • Co-ordinate the move through your insurance company. They must know when you are moving in order to insure anything broken or stolen during the move. Some moving companies will offer you partial insurance for this.
  • Obtain estimates from "reputable" local moving companies. Check their references with past customers and telephone the Better Business Bureau for any complaints that may have been issued in the past.
  • If you are moving a "Home Business" office, a portion of the moving expense will be tax- deductible. Ask your accountant for more details.
  • If you have children, notify their school about the move and give them the name and address of the new school.

  • Notify your post-office of your change of address and ask for mail to be forwarded to your new home as of your moving date.
  • Complete all necessary address changes for banking, magazines, doctors, dentists, vets, schools, vehicle registration, driver's license, etc.
  • If you operate a business out of your home, inform your vendors of your move.
  • Now is the time to choose the moving company and arrange for the move. Ask if they supply or will sell you boxes for the move.
  • Or -start to collect boxes, newspapers, plastic bags and any other materials you may need for the move.
  • Take photos of your belongings and mark down all serial numbers.
  • Inform Revenue Canada of your new address.

  • Begin to use up any overstock of foods you have in the fridge or cupboards.
  • Notify out-of-town friends and family of your new address.
  • Pack seldom-used items now, and dispose of remaining unwanted items.
  • Transfer personal and car insurance.

  • Now is the time to SERIOUSLY START PACKING!! With a felt pen, number all your moving boxes starting at #1. On a sheet of paper, list what is being packed in each numbered box. When it is time to take these boxes your new home, you can tell the movers, which boxes go into which rooms and this simple system will also protect against losing your possessions in boxes that have somehow disappeared in the move! (movers have been know to miss-place items during a household move and will often, in cross country moves, transport 2 households in one van)
  • Request refunds for any outstanding deposits you have paid to utility companies and are still being held by the utility companies.
  • Schedule the closing with your builder and make certain all conditions have been cleared.
  • Discontinue your newspaper and any gardening services.
  • Order at least 2 weeks worth of prescriptions and have your new prescriptions forwarded to your new location.
  • Transfer or cancel your bank account if moving to another city and clear out your safety deposit box.

  • Defrost your fridge and freezer and let dry (to prevent odors)
  • Drain oil/gas from any vehicles also being transported by the movers.
  • Arrange for a Final reading of all utilities 1-2 days after closing.
  • Decide where you are going to have your furniture placed in your new home before it gets there! Movers will gladly place your furniture where you want it but cannot be expected to wait while you decide, for example, if the sofa looks better on one wall or in front of a fire-place.
  • And NEVER pack jewelry, computer equipment or disks, important home or personal records, to be placed in the moving van. Take these items with you in your car.
  • Call the movers and make sure they have the correct addresses and if necessary give them directions to your new home.
  • Give emergency numbers and other contact telephone numbers to family and friends.
  • If you have small children or pets, if possible, make arrangements for someone to take care of them the day of your move. Less stress for you and for them. You will be busy with the movers giving them directions as to where your furniture and boxes are to be placed in your new home.
  • Initiate the utilities in the new home - you will want power and heat for your first day in your new home. TODAY IS THE BIG DAY! - ITS TIME TO MOVE!
  • The most important rooms to unpack and set-up in your new home are the kitchen and bedrooms.
  • Put any food you have brought with you in the fridge or freezer.
  • Make certain all the boxes you packed are in the house before the movers leave the premises. Check your list against the numbered boxes.
  • Pick up your children and pets and enjoy your first night in your dream house!


Finally!! - Most of the move is over with except for the unpacking of boxes, and the gradual settling in. But - there are still a few things that need to be taken care of:
  • Check your insurance coverage on your new home
  • Keep the copy of your moving bill until well after the move has been completed. After unpacking you may find some items damaged and will need their receipt for any claims you may have.
  • Locate the closest hospital, policy and fire stations, nearest doctor, dentist and vet offices.
  • Remember to make sure your driver's license is renewed and if moving out of province, transfer your car plates.
  • Revise your Will and any other legal documents on the house and contents.

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