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To-do list before you move

When you are going to finally move to a new home you better plan this change beforehand.

4 weeks until you move

  • Set out a day or two off work or dedicate majority of Saturday and Sunday to concentrate on your move - you'll need it... 
  • Give enough notice to your landlord or letting agent if you rent. 
  • Mark the important moving dates on a calendar. 

Moving Companies

  • Movingcompanies get booked up fast so do your research and Request a quote from handful of local companies and mobile storage rental companies to weigh up your options.
  • Create a personal moving binder, which will contain your moving-house checklist, inventory list, receipts and records. 
  • Set a budget, moving can be costly, sort out items to keep, donate, sell or throw away.
  • Research your new community and check with your employer about moving expense benefit. Some of your moving expense may be covered or tax exempt
  • Take down fitted items that are coming with you - shelves, light fixtures, mirrors, brackets, etc. And make any repairs necessary in the rental before moving.
  • Arrange plenty of packing supplies (boxes, tape, stuffing, padding, permanent markers, etc.), order early, check with post office, stores like Walmart and super store can be helpful too. 
  • Check with your home contents insurer to see if you are covered by them during the move.
  • If you have any parking restrictions at either address, contact the local authority to arrange for parking suspension. Remember some moving trucks can be very large and needs extra space to park.
  • Transfer your household insurance to your new home.
  • Draw up a plan of where you want furniture to go in the new house
  • Get floor plan of your new home and take detailed measurements of the new place
  • Get your car serviced, especially if you're moving far away.
  • Start using up frozen and tinned food and start cooking with any stored food 
  • Schedule disconnection of utilities (phone, internet, cable, water, garbage, gas, and electric).
  • Inform your children’s school of the move and gather school records.
  • Contact any clubs or health clubs or organizations to cancel or transfer memberships
  • Compile records (medical, dental, prescription, legal, and financial) and ask for referrals.
  • List everyone you need to notify about your move (creditors, subscriptions, family, professional contacts, friends, etc.) by using our service com
  • Book a hotel if you think you'll need one during the move.

2 Weeks until you move

Pre-move checks

  • Choose your method of moving and confirm timelines and arrangements for your move and confirm arrival times with your moving company.
  •  Fill any prescriptions
  • Set up, transfer, or disconnect other utilities, home services and deliveries, and contact Canada Post to have your mail forwarded.
  • Cancel deliveries of paper, milk, etc., and pay off any outstanding accounts.
  • Return any library books and items borrowed from friends and neighbors.
  • Put all your documents and valuables in a single safe place (E.G passports, home purchase/sale papers). 
  • Note any current damages to your furniture and store it in your moving binder.
  • Start packing belongings into boxes, beginning with items you use infrequently.
  • Note valuable items that may need insurance from the moving company.
  • Label boxes. Clearly write on the box which room it is destined for and its contents.
  • Separate valuables to be moved personally and label the boxes DO NOT MOVE
  • Organize with friends or relatives to help look after your children and pets on moving day

Notify Organizations

  • Now is the best time to start making online notifications with
  • Moving home is the best time to change your broadband supplier or cellular phone carrier if you are not happy with them.

Other people to tell

  • Tell your employer. 
  • Inform your stockbroker and/or companies in which you own shares. 
  • Inform your existing doctor, dentist, optician (and private medical care provider) and research new ones close to where you’re moving.

3 Days until you move

  • Do your last-minute laundry.
  • Measure doorways and furniture and start disassembling furniture that won’t fit through doors
  • Clean rugs and carpets and have them ready
  • Prepare specific directions to new home if you hired a moving company.
  • Pack essentials box to keep with you for the move.
  • If you are taking plants with you, move all outdoor plants and furniture into a dry area like the garage so that they can dry out and stay dry. Don't forget they will put all your garden furniture and plants in the van with your house furniture, you don't want them to get your other items wet.

2 Days until you move

  • Empty, defrost and dry out your fridge/freezer if you're planning to put it in storage for any length of time. 
  • Seal packets, bottles or jars with tape to prevent any spillage. 
  • Make sure there will be enough space for moving vans at both addresses. 
  • Sort out lift access if you live in flats. 

1 Day until you move

  • Prepare food and drink for moving day: tea/coffee, juice, fruit, bread, cheese and things like pasties. Don't forget some plates, cups, cutlery, a sharp knife and the kettle.
  • Prepare plants for travel. 
  • Fully charge your mobile phone. 
  • Get a good night's sleep.

Moving Day!

  • Settle the kids in with their carer if they have one. If not, set up a room that contains their toys and a few treats. Give older children specific tasks, like packing their own personal box. 
  • Arrange for carers as well for your pets on the moving day.
  • Verify! Make sure the moving truck that shows up is from the company you hired. Unfortunately, moving companies hire contractors when they are busy or double book you. You can as well rent a U-Haul if you have friends and family that can help you park and move.
  • Take inventory before the movers leave.
  • Review the movers’ bill carefully before signing. Check for damaged items.
  • Personally, supervise any hired labor, some possessions can be priceless!
  • Once the van is loaded, walk around the house with a member of the moving team to check you've got everything you want in the van. One of the most common items which are left behind are clocks. 
  • Leave a forwarding address with your landlord for any stray mail.
  • Lock windows and doors, turn off lights, turn the air conditioner off, or lower the heat, have a walk through with your landlord or letting agent and hand them the house keys.
  • Wave goodbye!
  • Don't try and unpack everything today, order a take-away and relax you can find the nearest local takeaways online at the Skip
  • Shopping even for the basics can be a real chore when coordinating a home move. Visit Supper Store or Walmart to get groceries delivered directly to your door.

After your move

  • Use your damage list to confirm your furniture wasn’t broken in the move
  • Confirm that mail is arriving at your new home.
  • Make sure your utilities have been activated by the utility companies (Electricity, Gas, Cable TV etc.)
  • Schedule time to update your vehicle registration and driver’s license, using com.
  • Keep all documents in your moving binder and keep it in an easy-to-remember place.
  • Enjoy your new home! And how about a bottle of wine to celebrate?? 


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