Moving Checklist

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Moving Checklist 

Helpful items you will need during your move. Whether a local city move or you are moving to another city/province or across the globe, keep the following supplies and accessories on hand.

  • Boxes, all sizes
  • Bubble wrap or other cushioning material
  • Marking pens
  • Tape measure
  • Furniture pads or old blankets
  • Packing tape and scissors
  • Money and credit cards
  • Label each box with the room in the new home to which it should be delivered.
  • Number the boxes and keep a list of what is in each box.
  • Clearly mark fragile items.
  • Pack a bag of personal items you'll need during the move (change of clothes, toiletries, medicine, maps, food, and drinks). Keep it in an easy-to-find place when you pack.
  • Keep a medical kit accessible.
  • If you have children, pack a bag of games and activities for the trip

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One Month before moving

  • Gather moving supplies, boxes, tape, rope.
  • If moving far away, make any necessary travel arrangements like airline, hotel, and rental car reservations or find a proper moving company.
  • Call a local moving company or make truck rental reservations to move yourself, or request free moving quotes.
  • Finalize real estate and apartment rental needs.
  • Place legal, medical, and insurance records in a safe and accessible place.
  • Give your mailers your new address :
    • Friends and family members
    • Banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions
    • Charge card and credit card companies
    • Doctors, dentists, and other service providers
    • Provincial and Federal Tax authorities and any other government agencies as needed.
  • Save moving receipts (many moving expenses are tax deductible).
  • Make maps of your new neighbourhood to familiarize yourself and your family with your new area.
  • Plan your moving budget


Two Weeks before Moving

  • Inform gas, electric, water, cable, local telephone and trash removal services of your move. Sign up for services at your new address.
  • Inform long distance phone company of your move. Sign up for long distance service at your new address.
  • Recruit moving-day help.
  • Confirm travel reservation.
  • Arrange to close or transfer your bank account, if appropriate.

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The Day before Moving

  • Set aside moving materials like a tape measure, pocket knife, packing boxes, tape and markers.
  • Pick up rental truck.
  • Check oil and gas in your car.
  • If travelling, make sure you have tickets, passports, ID's charge cards, and other essentials.

After Moving

  • Locate police and fire stations as well as hospitals and gas stations near your home.
  • Scout your new neighbourhood for shopping areas. You may need furniture, tools, or house wares unexpectedly.
  • Call the Department of Sanitation in your new town to find out which day the trash is collected. Also ask whether your new community has recycling programs.
  • Seek out new service providers such as a bank, cleaners, veterinarian.
  • Call your Chamber of Commerce for helpful information on: Schools, Cable service, Cultural events and community activities, Libraries and parks, and
  • Availability of emergency calling services, such as 911
  • Provide your new doctor and dentist with your medical history. You may need to request your file from your previous doctor/dentist.
  • Transfer insurance policies to an agent in your new community. You may also wish to make a detailed list of your belongings, their value, and your coverage.
  • Give your new home a good cleaning.

Moving can be stressful. Watch for effects on family members and pets so you can give comfort and a helping hand. 

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