Moving is a big endeavor, use our to-do list and moving tips to help you ensure you’re prepared:
One month before your move
- Get written estimates from at least four moving companies in your area.
- Ask for the movers’ insurance. You may need to purchase additional coverage.
- Do not be misled by hourly rates. Inquire about additional charges such as gas and kilometers.
- Contact the provincial health and driving license offices to notify them of your change of address
- Contact your bank manager and notify them of your change of address.
- Register your change of address with the post office.
- Gather all important documents.
- If you are moving into or out of an apartment, book the use of an elevator (very important!).
Two weeks before your move
- Take a good look at what is worth moving and what is not.
- Have a moving sale. Get rid of anything that is unnecessary.
- Arrange for the takeover of utilities, including home phone.
- Start packing if you are planning on doing it yourself.
- Label all boxes.
One week before your move
- Prepare a list of all items you want to take with you personally-include all jewelry and valuables that you do not wish to be entrusted to movers.
- Dismantle and/or unfasten anything that requires it (not for gold service customers).
- Prepare a list of everything else that is left.
- Reconfirm the booking with the moving company.
- Defrost and air dry the deep freezer.
Two days before your move
- Do your last load of laundry. Disconnect and drain the washing machine.
- Disconnect, defrost, and air dry the fridge.
- Protect delicate furniture with a thick coat of wax.
One day before your move
- Pack all items that you will take with you personally. Mark them “DO NOT LOAD”. It would be better if these were out of the house before the movers arrive.
- Lay down plastic sheets to minimize dirt being tracked into the house.
- Lead the movers around the house and make sure they know all of your instructions.
- Arrange to take milk, bread, snacks, coffee, tea, etc with you. It will be a long day.
- In your new home, verify that the utilities have been turned on and that meters have been read.
- First priority for unpacking will be children’s rooms and basic kitchen and bathroom items.
We hope our moving tips help make your transition as easy as possible.
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