Susan Allan

Sales Representative

Cell: (613) 406 7706 | Office: 613 236 5959

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Moving Checklist

Two months prior to Moving Day


  • If you will use a mover, get a few estimates from moving companies.


  • If you will move yourself, get costs from at least two truck rental companies.


  • Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement.


  •  Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter (start with the basement, attic, garage, and other storage areas).


  •  Start a file for all your moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, etc.).


  •  Arrange to transfer school records.


  •  Reserve a mover (or truck rental company).


  •  Get your new home ready - Contact painters, carpenters, plumbers, roofers etc., so your home is ready when you arrive. Remember to change the locks on all the doors in your new

       Six weeks prior to Moving Day


  •  Obtain and fill out post office change-of-address cards.


  •  Subscribe to the paper in your new area to learn more about your new community.


  •  Make arrangements for storage if necessary.


  •  Ask your doctor or health plan provider for referrals, and obtain all medical records.


  •  Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised.


  •  Clean all closets and drawers.


  •  Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.

       Four weeks prior to Moving Day


  •  Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one. Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive. If you have "last month" deposits with services, such as the telephone company, ask for a refund.


  • If you are packing yourself, obtain packing materials and start packing items you won't need until after you arrive at your new house.


  •  Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes, and carpeting.


  •  Arrange for special transportation of your pets and plants if necessary.


  •  Check with your insurance company to see how your possessions are covered during the move.


  •  Make any travel plans necessary for your move.


  •  Check to see if you need any moving permits.

       Three weeks prior to Moving Day


  •  Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids.


  •  Prepare auto registration for transfer (if moving to another province).


  •  If you are moving in or out of an apartment, arrange for use of the elevator.


  •  Make child-care arrangements for moving day.

       Two weeks prior to Moving Day


  •  Service your car in preparation for the move.


  •  Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items.


  •  Cancel newspaper delivery.


  •  Notify any creditors of your move.


  • Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medications on hand.


  •  Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.


  •  Change your address - One week before your move, send change-of-address cards to everyone who will need to contact you.


  • Pick up laundry -- Laundry tickets are easy to misplace, so ask for your things by name and not just by the receipts you have. 


  •  Pack a travel kit:
  • Put aside critical items like a cheque book, credit cards, personal phone book, ID, flashlight, keys, toiletries, tools, paper plates, cups, towels, travel alarm clock, aspirin, bandages and games for the kids. Also, pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal items.

       One day prior to Moving Day


  •  Transfer your bank accounts.


  •  Take animals to vet for immunization, if necessary.


  •  Close and empty your safe-deposit box.


  •  Settle any bills with local businesses.


  •  Drain power equipment of oil and gas. Drain water hoses.


  •  Find new homes for plants that will not be moved.

        Moving Day


  •  If using a mover, be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions.


  •  Note all utility meter readings.


  • Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing. Keep this paperwork in a safe place.

       Delivery Day


  •  Check your belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items.


  •  Supervise unloading and unpacking.


  •  Be prepared to pay your mover with cash, certified check, or traveler's checks unless other arrangements have been made in advance