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Easy To Follow Moving Checklist

Blog by Nick Labrosse | August 11th, 2020

Moving Checklist

Moving into a new home is exciting, but the process getting there can be stressful. Having a plan and preparing in advance will reduce your stress level and help you better enjoy the process. Remember, you’ll be settled in soon and enjoying your new home:

Done 6-8 Weeks Before the Move:

-Get estimates for movers or rental truck 

-Schedule movers or rental truck 

-Determine furniture layout for new home 

-Make inventory of household items 

-Arrange for school transfer 

-Ask for doctor and dental referrals; arrange for transfer of medical and dental records 

-Fill out change-of-address card with Canada Post 

-Clean out all closets and drawers

Done 4-6 Weeks Before the Move:

-Get packing supplies: boxes, packing paper, tape, markers 

-Use up or dispose of food, cleaning supplies, and hazardous materials 

-Have garage sale/donate unwanted items 

-Arrange for carpet and drapery cleaning 

-Arrange for house cleaning 

-Arrange for move of pets 

-Arrange for move of plants 

-Arrange for utilities (cancel old; start new): 

    • Electricity 
    • Gas 
    • Water/sewer 
    • Telephone/Internet 
    • Garbage/recycling 
    • Cable/satellite 

-Arrange for transfer of homeowner’s/renter’s insurance 

-Begin packing 

-Make travel arrangements 

Done 2-3 Weeks Before the Move:

-Set aside critical documents and items you will keep with you 

-Transfer prescriptions 

-Notify of new address: 

    • Family and friends 
    • Newspaper, Magazines, Subscriptions 
    • Bank accounts 
    • Health, life, and auto insurance policies 
    • Credit card bills 
    • Employer 

-Create a folder of important information and user manuals for the new owner of your home (if applicable). Include your contact information so they can forward any mail. 

-Plan for child / pet care during your major packing and moving days

Done 1-5 Days Before the Move

-Check in with your lawyer, real estate agent, and mortgage agent to make sure your home sale and purchase are on schedule. 

-Defrost freezer 

-Empty ice maker and ice cube trays in case of power shutdown

-Clean refrigerator, stove, and oven 

-Disconnect and drain appliances for move 

-Drain fuel from power equipment 

-Close out safe deposit box 

-Confirm travel arrangements 

-Confirm arrival time of movers/pick-up time of rental truck 

-Confirm parking for your moving vehicle 

-Have payment and snacks ready for movers 

-Gather and clean outdoor furniture 

-Return cable box, cable modem, Internet modem if necessary 

-Organize keys 

-Clean house 

-Finish packing 

-Prepare food for moving day

Done Moving Day

-Disassemble beds 

-Double-check that all cupboards, closets, dishwasher and other appliances are empty 

-Give movers tour and instructions for what is being moved

-Lock windows and doors, turn off furnace, turn off lights

Done Moving in and Settling in

-Inspect your new home before moving in - note any unexpected damage and take photos 

-Clean anything that needs cleaning prior to unloading 

-Verify utilities are working (power, water, heating, cooling) 

-Verify all appliances are in good working order

-Unload your items and start settling in 

-Assemble beds first so you have a place to sleep 

-Move on to the kitchen and bathroom next 

-Offer beverages and snacks to helpers 

-Check for any damage to items while moving 

-Replace locks and make copies of keys

Done Within 30 Days of the Move

-Change address 

-Driver’s license 

-Auto registration 

-Voter registration 

-Re-establish safe deposit box 

-Enjoy your new home!