The Moving Checklist You Can’t Move Without

moving checklistMoving sucks. We’ll just lay it out there. But there are certain things that you can do, like have a moving checklist, to take some of the stress and headache out of this experience. The very first thing is plan, the second is plan as is the third. Planning a move down to the day will ensure that everything is done at the peak of efficiency.

This doesn’t just mean simply planning what order to take out your boxes and your furniture, nope, it also includes planning in the weeks preceding moving day.

The following moving checklist will help you with this. You will begin 8 weeks before moving day and your considerations will be about more than just the home you are leaving behind.

Keep the tips from this moving checklist in mind when planning and see how easy moving can really be:

8 weeks prior to moving

  • Get quotes
  • Create a file to keep track of estimates and important info about the company you choose
  • Get new municipality/city info
  • Start learning about your new area
  • Create a floor plan of your new home to plan where to put your items
  • If you need work done on the new home, start contacting contractors
  • Make an inventory of everything you own
  • Begin to remove unwanted clutter
  • Prepare a moving sale for week 3
  • Contact Revenue Canada to see if there are any tax deductions you can take advantage of for things like moving expenses

6 weeks prior to moving

  • Check with your insurance company to make sure your items are protected
  • Schedule connection of utility services for your new house
  • Schedule disconnection at your old one
  • File a change of address with Canada Post
  • Buy new locks for your new home
  • Make any travel plans you need for your move
  • Put together your important personal and family records including medical and dental

3 weeks prior to moving

  • Have your moving sale whether it’s online or offline
  • Dispose of items, either give them away, donate them or throw them out
  • Cancel newspaper deliveries
  • Change the address on any monthly subscriptions

2 weeks prior to moving

  • Prepare auto registrations for transfer if you are moving to a different province
  • Transfer prescriptions to new pharmacy
  • Put together folder of information for the new home owner
  • Order new checks with your new address

1 week prior to moving

  • Send out change of address cards
  • Assemble a pack with your check book, credit cards, personal records, phone records, ID, phone charger, camera, toiletries, a first aid kit and things to keep the kids busy on the day of the move
  • Pack a suitcase with any other items you will need that day/night.
  • Make childcare arrangements for the day of the move

1 day prior to moving

  • Have enough cash on hand to get you through a couple of days
  • If you are switching banks, empty and close your safety deposit box
  • Drain power equipment of their oil and gasoline
  • Confirm travel arrangements
  • Empty, defrost and clean the fridge
  • Disconnect and prepare major appliances that will be moving with you
  • Pack a cooler with food and drinks
  • Pack a box of the items you will need on your first night in your new home
  • Give the home a once over to make sure nothing got left behind/
  • Ensure you have everything you need for your pets, food water, toys, beds and treats

Moving day

  • Leave a note with your contact information for the new homeowners
  • Keep friends and family informed

This moving checklist will get you through one of the most stressful times in life: moving. Print this article out and tack it to your fridge for future use, you will be glad you did.

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