Moving Checklist
Moving Check List

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

• Schedule your mail to be forwarded to your new address with Canada Post.

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:

• If necessary, do the following:

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, jewellry 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, inspect with the landlord.

• 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 pick up, recycling facilities and local regulations and information.

*Note: Ensure your lease permits the items that you plan to install in a new place. Some leases may not permit the installation of shelving screwed into walls or TV antennas. Be sure to give proper notice; see the Provincial Fact Sheets on the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s website for information on the notice required.

Adapted from: Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation