14 Things To Do Before A Move

moving checklist: 14 things to do before a move

14 Things To Do Before A Move

So, you’re moving. Feelings of excitement, anxiety, and stress are certainly natural. How will you get everything done in time? What if you forget something? With our comprehensive moving checklist, the entire process will be straightforward and easy to accomplish.


1. Creating a moving checklist will be helpful. Not only will it give you peace of mind (you can track everything you need to do), but crossing out items is extremely satisfying.

It is also practical to creating a move notebook or binder. Having all your information (questions, to-do lists, box inventories etc.) in one place will benefit you when you need to find information quickly.

2. If you have the space, it’s a good idea to dedicate a specific area for packing. Start assembling your boxes and moving supplies: tape, bubble wrap, permanent markers, etc. Old towels and sheets are convenient to wrap your breakables in.

3. When you begin to pack, clearly label each boxes’ contents and the room it is destined for. You can begin by packing items that you don’t use very often or winter clothes if it’s summer. Be sure to snap pictures of your electronics so you can remember how to hook them up.

When you are down to your final boxes, make an “open first” box that will have all the items you will need on your first couple of nights (pajamas, toiletries, towels, shower curtain, dishes, etc.).

4. Create an item in your moving checklist for address changes.

A. Government: post office, health card, SIN card, driver’s license
B. Financial: credit cards, bank accounts, on new checks
C. Health: doctors, pharmacists, dentist
D. Legal: lawyers, accountants, insurance
E. Social: family/friends and newspaper/magazine subscriptions

5. It’s a good idea to gather your important documents and keep in a safe place. It may be helpful to tell someone you trust where they are in case you forget. (i.e. deeds, wills, medical records, passports, birth certificates, diplomas etc.

6. You can start researching moving companies. Ask friends and family for suggestions or check online reviews. Make sure you get a written contract, verify their insurance policies for lost/damaged items, know their preferred payment methods, and check if they have negotiable fees for nonpeak times.

7. Consider making a floorplan of your new home and figure out in advance where you want to place your major furniture. Ensure you know where outlets are for your electronics and don’t forget to measure larger items to make sure they will fit through doorways.

8. Remember to contact your insurance agent about a new home insurance policy. And don’t forget about your car insurance – rates can differ depending on neighbourhoods and cities.

9. Another separate item you should have on your moving checklist is to notify utility providers. Make sure you arrange to turn off your electricity, water, gas, phone, cable, and internet the day after you leave your old home – and the day before you move into your new one.

10. Try to use your items that can’t be moved such as flammables, poisons, and corrosives or make arrangements to have them disposed of safely. Don’t forget to drain gas and oil from lawn equipment, gas grills, and heaters. Be sure to empty, clean, and defrost your freezer 24-48 hours before your move date and preplan your last week of meals so you can finish up your perishable food.

11. Make a plan on how you are going to move your plants and pets. Ask your veterinarian to provide you with any documentation you may require such as vaccination records and health certificates. Pets can experience anxiety moving to new homes so bring items with familiar scents to your new home.

Plants should be placed into boxed and held into place with dampened paper. You can also place a layer of wet paper on top to keep them moist. When you unpack them, remove them through the bottom of the box to avoid breaking the stems.

12. Arrange to transfer medical records to your new health practitioner and if necessary, stock up on prescriptions in advance.

13. Don’t forget to measure your new windows and decide how you want to dress them, so you can purchase window treatments in advance and install them right away.

14. Start researching your new community. Whether it’s walking trails, the local grocery store, local take-out spots, community centres and nearby parks – you will be glad you have done it ahead of time and your new space will quickly feel like home.

By properly preparing, your move can be as stress free as possible. If you would like information on one of our communities or need our help buying or selling your home, we would be happy to help. Contact us at 647-680-1699 or at info@hillisgroup.ca.

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