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Moving Checklist

3-4 WEEKS TILL MOVE

  • Make an inventory of everything to be moved.
  • Sort out and donate any unwanted clothing or furniture.
  • Have a garage sale to get rid of unwanted items.
  • Start collecting moving supplies like boxes and newspaper for wrapping.
  • Submit a change of address form to your post office.
  • Choose your moving company and confirm the arrangements.
  • Research items that can’t be moved (aerosol can, gas, paint, etc.).
  • Arrange for storage in your new community (if necessary).
  • If condo, book the moving elevator and confirm parking arrangement for truck.

2 WEEKS TILL MOVE

  • Start packing up your home by boxing up the items you use less often (seasonal items, books, etc.). Label as you pack.
  • Contact insurance company to transfer policies (life, homeowners, tenants).
  • Prepare a list of friends, companies, and personal accounts who should be notified of your upcoming move.
  • Arrange to be off work on your moving day.
  • Cancel newspapers, cable tv, security, lawn maintenance and any other services.
  • Arrange the cut-off/activation dates for your cable, telephone, gas, electricity, water, etc.

1 WEEK TILL MOVE

  • Start actively packing the rest of your home room by room.
  • Everything that can be put in a box, should be. All boxes should be taped shut and stackable and labelled.
  • Clean your home or arrange for a cleaning company to come in.
  • Check furniture for dents and scratches.
  • Label items you need to access easily.
  • Clean out the refrigerator/plan to defrost and dry a day before your move.
  • Clean the stove.
  • Drain equipment: water hoses, propane tank, gas/oil lawnmowers.
  • Confirm travel arrangements for pets and family.
  • Disassemble unused bedroom sets to save time.
  • Place all appliance manuals and warranties in one place for the new occupants.
  • Take photos of electronics before unplugging so you know how to hook them up again.
  • Pack your valuable jewelry, cash, and other items of high value to transport yourself.

YOUR MOVING DAY

  • Clear a path out of the house so everyone is safe.
  • Determine which boxes and items are last to load.
  • All loose items are packed in boxes.
  • All pictures are removed from the walls.
  • All boxes are labeled with their destination room in your new home on the top and sides of each box.
  • No contents are in your appliances.
  • All items are removed from the top of furniture, cupboards, etc.
  • Linens are removed from beds.
  • All rooms, closets and cabinets have been checked for misplaced/ remaining items.
  • Disassemble the remaining bedroom sets.
  • Be at your new location to direct movers as to where items should be placed.

PREPARE AN ESSENTIALS BOX

  • Toilet Paper
  • Phone Chargers Snacks/Coffee
  • Scissors
  • Garbage Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Change of Clothes
  • Dish Soap and Towel
  • Pet Food and Dish Portable Tool Kit
  • Minimal Cleaning Supplies Mug/Plate/Cutlery

BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE

  • Water shut off
  • Lights turned off
  • Windows shut and locked
  • Surrender house keys
  • Check for items left behind

AFTER YOUR MOVE

  • Unpack, then flatten and donate boxes you don’t need.
  • Change the address on your driver’s license & car insurance.
  • Plan a housewarming party!
  • Enjoy your new home!

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