Moving Checklist

Terry’s MOVING TIPS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER

8 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE

  • Call for estimates from three professional Movers.

6 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE

  • Inventory all possessions now. Decide what to move, sell, replace or donate to charity.
  • Complete Canada Post “Change of Address” forms; mail to media, stores, organizations etc.
  • Obtain copies of all medical, dental, legal, accounting, veterinarian records etc.
  • Make appointments for record transfers between schools on both ends of move.
  • Itemize moving related costs with mover including packing, loading, special charges, insurance etc.

4 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE

  • Repair, send out for re-upholstery, or clean furniture, drapes, carpeting as necessary.
  • If a professional mover is packing your goods, schedule packing day(s), one or two days before the move.
  • If moving yourself, order adequate boxes, packing materials and tape now.
  • Arrange for short-term or long-term storage if you will need it.
  • Make travel arrangements for boarding services, including necessary medical records, immunizations, etc.

3 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE

  • Assemble sufficient supply of packing materials, equipment. Pack items you won’t use immediately or that will go into storage.
  • Contact utilities on both ends of the move, order termination and/or turn-on for occupancy date.
  • Confirm final travel arrangements for family and pets.

2 WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE

  • Terminate newspaper and other delivery services.

1 WEEK BEFORE THE MOVE

  • Gather important papers, records, valuables, for protecting shipment to new home or safe deposit box.
  • Notify friends and neighbors of new address, (and phone number if possible).
  • Make plans for pets and/or young children to be cared for on moving day.
  • Fill any prescriptions, medications needed for the next two weeks.

THE WEEK BEFORE THE MOVE

  • Plan simple meals for moving day (or take-out food) to avoid using the refrigerator. Pack items you need to take with you including valuables, financial records, personal papers etc. Carefully mark LAST BOX PACKED – FIRST BOX UNPACKED Containing tools, flashlights, snacks, coffee, tea, soap, toilet paper, medicine or anything you can’t live without.
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