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:
Drivers’ license, Health cards, Insurance
Employer, Doctor, Dentist
Magazine subscriptions and other mailings
Bank accounts, credit cards, and tax office (Canada Customs and 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, jewellry and bedding
• Empty, defrost and clean refrigerator; clean the stove.
• 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.
• 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