Moving to a new Home?

Moving can be a daunting task. You’ve likely spent years in the home you are currently in, and accumulated lots of stuff. Where do you start?  

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a checklist of things to do to prepare you for your move?

Well… here it is!

The Moving Checklist

 6 Weeks Prior to Moving Day

Research and schedule movers.  If you are moving yourself, reserve a rental truck and call your four biggest friends.
Arrange for cleaning and repair of any window coverings that you are leaving behind.
Check with your insurance company to ensure that your possessions are covered during transit.
Create a binder of your important records: Gather personal and family records (medical/dental), veterinary and school records, legal and financial documents, birth certificates, passports, and insurance.
Research, visit, and enroll your children in a school local to your new home.

 4 Weeks Prior to Moving Day

Schedule a disconnect for all utility services the day after you move.  If you have deposits with utilities, request a refund.
Schedule a utility connection for the day before you move in to the new home.
Prepare auto registrations for transfer (If moving out of Province/State).
Purchase packing materials: Boxes (small, medium, and large.  Consider special TV boxes for that monster on the wall), packing paper, bubble wrap, tape, markers.
Sort and purge everything before packing so that you are only moving items that you wish to keep.
Schedule, advertise, and hold a moving sale.

3 Weeks Prior to Moving Day

Arrange for disposal and donation of anything not sold in your moving sale. Many charities will pick up.
Return any items borrowed from neighbours / Retrieve items lent.  Return any books to the library.
Begin packing.  Start with the most infrequently used items, such as seasonal clothing and items.
Assemble a folder of information to leave for the new owners (owners manuals and contact numbers for the furnace, water heater, dishwasher, fridge, stove, washer & dryer, etc..)


2 Weeks Prior to Moving Day

Make child care arrangements for moving day.
Confirm arrival date and time with moving company.
Notify creditors, banks, employer, insurance company, etc… of your new address.
Change mailing address with post office and set up mail forwarding.
Pack a travel kit: put aside critical items like credit cards & passports. Pack a flashlight, keys, toiletries, tools, disposable plates/cups/cutlery, first aid kit, and games for the kids.  Also pack a suitcase of a days worth of clothing for everyone.

  1 Day Prior to Moving Day

Disconnect, clean and prepare any major appliances that you are moving with you. (Defrost freezer 24 hours before move if it’s coming with you.)
Pack a box of items that will be needed first when you get to the new house.  Clearly label this box “Pack Last / Open First”.
Obtain cash for the trip, and to pay the movers.
Set aside anything that will be packed in your car with you, so that it doesn’t get loaded onto the truck. (Bedding, pillows, stuffies/toys, travel kit)
If moving yourself, dismantle beds and other large furniture. Take Monster TVs off the wall, and patch the holes.
Pick up dry cleaning.


Moving Day !!

Pack up refrigerator and perishables into coolers.
Clear driveway and sidewalk of vehicles, debris, and snow to allow moving truck and team safe access.
Note all utility meter readings.
Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully, and note any damages prior to loading truck.
Be prepared to pay your movers in cash unless other arrangements have previously been made.
Load children, pets, and travel accessories into car.
Please drive safely and enjoy your new home!


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