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Moving Checklist

Moving always brings mixed emotions – it can be both very exciting and stressful at the same time. To help, here are some useful tips that will help make your move efficient and trouble-free.

4 to 6 Weeks before moving

2 to 3 Weeks before moving

  • Get boxes and moving supplies

  • Arrange phone service at your new home

  • Take unwanted items to charity and/or dump

  • Dispose of household chemicals properly (old paint, caustic cleaners, etc.). Take these to the local Toxic Waste Centre

  • Arrange the return of any cable TV equipment

  • Complete necessary change of address forms:

    • Drivers’ license, Health cards, Insurance

    • Employer, Doctor, Dentist

    • Magazine subscriptions and other mailings

    • Memberships, insurance

    • Bank accounts, credit cards, and tax office (Canada Revenue Agency)

  • If necessary, do the following:

    • Make travel arrangements and reservations.

    • Arrange transfer of car insurance & license plates.

    • Notify kids’ schools, transfer records.

    • Register at new school.

    • Get copies of medical and dental records; if you have pets, get copies of veterinary records.

8 to 14 days before moving

  • Return borrowed items.

  • Arrange connection of utilities at new place.

  • Retrieve loaned items

  • Arrange disconnection of utilities at old place.

  • Arrange for major appliances to be moved, if necessary

  • Dispose of all flammable materials.

2 to 7 days before moving

  • Determine what you can bring with you if travelling by car, plane, train, or bus.

  • Pack a suitcase with the clothes and toiletries that you’ll need the first day in your new home.

  • Prepare “installed items” that you’re bringing (TV antenna or shelves*).

  • Pack a special box with other essentials you’ll need for the first few days and marks this box “Do Not Move”.

The day before moving

  • Take down curtains and curtain rods.

  • Pack your personal belongings, except your alarm clock, necessary clothes, jewelry and bedding

  • Empty, defrost and clean refrigerator; clean the stove.

  • Moving day!

  • Keep paperwork accessible.

  • Collect all keys; keep them in a safe place.

  • Strip and dismantle beds.

  • Clean premises that you are leaving. Final walk-through: check all closets and cabinets

  • If using a moving company, confirm the new address and delivery time with the driver

  • If using a moving company, walk about with supervisor and sign inventory forms.

  • Know how to reach your new landlord or superintendent.

After moving

Contact city/municipal offices to find out about garbage pickup, recycling facilities and local regulations and information.

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