moving tips and checklists

Start Early

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

☐ Research and obtain estimates from moving companies and/or truck rental companies.

☐ Hire a moving company or if you’re doing it yourself, reserve a moving truck. Be sure to get written confirmation of all your costs and details of your move for your records.

TIP: Weekends and holiday long weekends are busy times for movers and truck rental companies. Book far in advance (at least 2 to 3 months) to ensure you get a moving truck for the day you need to move.


2 Months Before:

☐ Call your insurance agent and transfer or arrange coverage for your new home; make sure enough insurance is in place to cover your belongings while in transit or storage. Provide this information to your notary/lawyer.

☐ If you have children and you are moving to a new school district, start arranging the school transferring process.

☐ Collect boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, tissue paper, stock up on newspaper, etc. required for your move.

☐ If applicable, contact the Strata Manager or Strata Council of your new home to advise of move in date and to book an elevator/door security (in some complexes).

1 Month Before:

☐ Time to start packing! Be sure to clearly label your boxes to make the unpacking easier.

☐ As you pack, make note of the condition of items of significant value in case anything is lost or damaged. Pictures are very helpful.

☐ Dispose of flammable items.

☐ Arrange mail-forwarding with Canada Post. You can do this on their website.

☐ Set up utility accounts at your new address to begin on the possession date (gas, hydro, cable/internet, etc.).

☐ Check this list for companies and institutions to inform of your new address: BC Hydro, Fortis BC, Phones, Cable, Internet, Credit Cards, Banks, Car Insurance, Life Insurance, Home Insurance ,Health & Dental Benefits, Canada Revenue Agency ,Old Age Security/CPP/Pension, BC Medical, Schools, Daycare, Voter Registration, Driver’s License, Employer and Business Associates, Health Club/Gym, Church, Doctors, Dentists, Accountant, Veterinarian, House Cleaner, and Landscaper.

TIP: Many companies now offer the convenience of changing address information online.

Change your address with multiple government organizations:

Canada Post Moving Notification:

Canada Post Mail Forwarding:

2 Weeks Before:

☐ Confirm your reservations with your movers or truck rental company.

☐ If required, cancel or transfer your newspaper and any other delivery services.

☐ Set aside the items of importance you wish to transport to your new home yourself (ie. jewelry and passports).

☐ Most of your packing should be completed one week prior to moving day.

A Few Days Before:

☐ Re-confirm arrival time of your moving truck or rental truck reservations.

☐ Prepare a detailed map and instructions for your movers including a cell phone number you can be reached at.

☐ Pack a travel bag with the items your family may need on moving day such as change of clothing, medications, paper plates and cups, etc.

☐ If you are moving yourself, start dismantling beds and other large furniture.

☐ Clean all drapes, rugs, floors, and stove.

☐ Defrost freezer and clean fridge on the day before the move.

Moving Day

☐ Be present when the truck is being loaded and unloaded just in case your movers have questions.

☐ Make a note of all utility meter readings (new and old home).

☐ Complete any final cleaning of bathrooms, floors, etc.

☐ Leave garage door openers, extra keys, warranties, house plans, and manuals.

☐ Double check all closets, drawers, and shelves to be sure they are empty.

☐ Furnace shut off.

☐ Windows and doors locked securely.

☐ Inspect your belongings at the new house before the movers leave, and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items.

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