Before You Move

Start a “Move” file to keep receipts of moving expenses.
Obtain estimates from moving companies.
Notify the post office of your new address and arrange to have mail redirected.  Canada Post offers address change notification services at
Complete change of address cards to inform companies and employers of move.
Check and clear any outstanding taxes on your present property.
Call your insurance agent and transfer or arrange coverage for your new home.
Ensure that adequate insurance for all your household goods is still in place while your goods are in transit or storage.
Notify financial organizations, insurance companies (like life, health, fire, auto), medical practitioners, credit card companies, etc. of your move.
Arrange for the shutting off of all utilities and the connection of utilities for your new house.  Have meters read.
Try to arrange your telephone cancellation or transfer for the last possible moment on moving day.
Obtain school records for new school transfer.
Obtain appraisals for any items of value in case you need to make an insurance claim from the moving company.  Pictures are a great benefit here!
Make arrangements to discontinue cleaning services, pool maintenance, window cleaners, snow removers, landscapers, etc.
Cancel newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
Change voter’s records.
Give away, sell, discard any unnecessary belongings.
Send out all items for cleaning or in need of repair.
Have appliances serviced for moving.
Return those items that were borrowed and collect any items loaned out.
Dispose of flammable items.
Clean all drapes, rugs, and floors.
Defrost freezer and clean fridge on the day before the move; clean stove.
Organize work that has to be completed at your new home.

Storing and Packing


Use packing paper, pads for inventory, markers.
Heavy twine, masking tape, boxes, and containers for packing.
Empty gas tanks from lawn mowers, outboard motors etc.
Remove all batteries from appliances and toys.
Mark contents of all boxes very clearly specifying which room they are to be placed in (this will save you moving them again and again...).
Set aside things you will carry in the car in a carton marked "Do Not Load".
Indicate which cartons you wish to be unloaded first and unloaded last.
Make sure you keep a telephone book with you.
Tie or tape brooms and mops together and bundle your curtain rods.
Make sure all fragile and delicate items are indicated.
Carry all jewellery, valuable papers and currency with you.
Ensure that tops are secured for all liquids in bottles.
All phonograph records should be packed upright on their edges, not flat.
Crate glass table tops, large mirrors, and any valuable pictures.
Pack all books on edge in small boxes.
Limit carton weight to 60 pounds.
Tie or tape all boxes securely.
Lamp shades should be packed in boxes by themselves.
Small appliances should be packed and wrapped in the bottom of boxes.

Table lamps should also be packed.

Make sure heavy china items are placed at the bottom of the box with extra padding.
Flat pieces should be placed on edge.
Small items should be packed in a smaller box inside a larger box.
Dismantle large power tools before moving.
Remove fixtures that are fastened to the wall.
Move clothes and drapes in a wardrobe supplied by the movers.

...And Don'ts

Avoid overloading drawers when packing items in dressers.
Try not to use newspapers to pack as the ink may rub off.
Do not leave shelves loose in stoves or refrigerators.
Do not pack cleaning products in the same boxes as food.
Try not to roll mattresses or rugs. Leave for the movers to put into special cartons.
Do not wrap articles of furniture or tie with ropes.



On Moving Day...

If possible have friends or relatives take care of children and pets elsewhere.
Check and number all boxes.
Double check closets, drawers, and shelves to be sure they are empty.
Leave old keys needed by new tenant or owner with realtor or neighbour.
Check each carton for loss or damage.
Prepare a list of damaged or lost articles.
Make sure movers are paid... they usually want cash or a certified cheque.
Check supply of heating fuel (if oil).
Make arrangements to have appliances hooked up.
Get meters read and utilities turned on.
Set up bedrooms and kitchens first.
Tool kit should be handy.


Tips For Making Your Move Safe and Smooth

First of all, whether your move is local or long distance, choose a properly licensed and bonded company!


Local Moving

As a general rule, although each moving company may vary to a certain extent, a local move is considered to be a move within an 80 kilometre (50 mile) radius of the moving company's premises.

Long Distance Moving


As a general rule, this would be considered a move outside an 80 kilometre (50 mile) radius of the moving company's premises. The mover must hold appropriate licences for local and long distance moving. Check with local and provincial authorities if you have any questions!!




How The Costs of Your Move Are Typically Calculated


Local Moving


Costs are calculated on the number of hours the truck is tied up on your move multiplied by the hourly for-hire rate. Generally, the hours are based from the time the truck leaves the moving company's premises until the time it returns.


Long Distance


Costs are calculated on the weight and distance of your shipment (shipment will be weighed at a government inspection

weigh station).




If your goods are to be placed into storage, make sure the costs of storage are explained to you including loading and unloading fees plus monthly storage rates. 



The company you finally hire is in business to provide you with the best possible service it can. After you have carefully chosen your mover, you can be sure that your belongings will be handled as efficiently and safely as possible. Professional movers pride themselves in the service they provide to thousands of Canadians each year.



Arrange For Your Move

Obtain two or three estimates for your move and compare the services offered.
Have the contents of your residence/office viewed by a qualified estimator and a written estimate prepared.
Book your move as far in advance as possible, even if, in the case of a new home/office, your closing date is not firm. Most movers can be flexible with proper notice.
Avoid scheduling your move for the end of the month as this is a busy period for movers. Some movers may offer lower rates at other times of the month.
Try to ensure that at least three staff are assigned to your move - two to load and unload your goods and one to remain with the truck to avoid possible theft.
Prior to entering into a contract with a mover, make sure you determine what liability the mover will assume in the event of loss or damage. You may find it necessary to make special insurance arrangements.
It is advisable to have your goods packed by movers. They are professionals and know how to properly ship and handle your belongings. Ask the mover for the cost of their packing service.
Confirm your arrangements with the mover a day or two prior to the move to avoid any last minute difficulties. Make sure the mover has specific directions to pick your goods up and for locating your new premises, particularly in the case of a newly constructed home/office where the street names and numbers are not easily visible.

Take Caution...

A mover whose estimated cost for your move is far below that of your other estimates may spell trouble.
Damage to goods packed by you is your responsibility and not the mover's unless the mover has been negligent in the care of the boxes packed.
Don't sign any documentation without fully understanding what you are signing for.


Start a “Move” file to keep receipts of moving expenses.

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