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Moving Tips

Moving Checklist

8 weeks

Begin to transfer your school and healthcare records to your new community. Notify your children's present schools that you are planning to move and request that your current school district transfers your children's records to your new district. Ask your family physician and veterinarians for referrals in your new town and remember to request that your doctors transfer your medical records to your new health care providers. If you are taking medication, remember to have all of your prescriptions transferred too. This is a good time to begin collecting your pet vaccination and health care records and locate new veterinarians.

7 weeks

Notify home service providers of your upcoming move date and start to set up new home services in your new community. It's time to contact all of your current home service providers to cancel services, including:


  • Security Services
  • House Cleaning Services
  • Lawn Care
  • Cable or Satellite TV Services
  • Utilities (Water, Electricity, Phone, Etc.)
  • In addition, remember to create a list of all of your credit card companies, insurance providers, and other creditors. Remember that you must notify each company of your move date and your new address.

6 weeks

Start to plan a garage sale to sell your unwanted possessions. Moving to a new home can be great motivation for turning your trash into cash. Whether you call it a garage sale, yard sale, or moving sale, the idea is to finally clean out the garage, basement, closet or attic that's been harboring all that stuff you haven't used, and maybe haven't even seen, for years.

If you're moving into a smaller home, a sale of some sort may be a necessity. If you have a lot to dispose of, you might even want to consider an auction or estate sale run by estate sale professionals. Remember that donating items to charities can not only help lighten your load but can also result in a tax deduction.


5 weeks

Decide who will pack boxes and if self-packing locate packing supplies. Your professional moving company will have a wide variety of packing supplies and can offer valuable packing advice. Your mover can also provide full packing services.

Remember that, although having the moving company pack boxes costs extra, having your mover pack all of the boxes can save you time, trouble, and assures that the mover will be fully responsible for any damage that might occur to the contents of packed boxes.


4 weeks

It's time to start packing! On move-in day you'll need to instruct the delivery crew where to place each piece, so you should label all boxes with the name of the room in which they belong. Make sure you label your boxes on two different sides in case boxes are stacked one on top of another. In addition, it's wise to label each box with a brief description of its contents on the side.

Don't use boxes that are too big as they will be heavy and more likely to burst. Make certain all boxes are packed full and tight. Half-full boxes may crush when stacked which could damage the contents.

It's wise to pre-pack seasonal items and toys that you and your family won't be using until after your move. If you are moving in the summer, pre-pack winter items; if during the cooler months, you can pack away your family's summer clothing.


3 weeks

Get your finances, documents, and valuables in order and remember to save all the receipts related to your relocation. Consider a compact, fireproof lockbox to keep with you while traveling. Keep important papers (such as birth certificates, insurance papers, stock certificates, deeds, wills, etc.), jewelry, and other valuables inside. Don't leave your valuables inside your car while staying in hotels; always keep these items in your possession when traveling.

In addition, now is a good time to consult your tax professional for moving related deductibility rules. Remember to save all of your receipts during your move, including bills for professional movers, hotels, meals, gas and other move-related expenses.


2 weeks

Start to inform the necessary people of your new address and telephone number. Send your new address and phone number to family and friends. Or, if you're planning a farewell party, now is the time to send the invites. Visit the Canadian Postal Office for more moving info.


1 week

Prepare your computer and electronics for move. If possible, pack your computer and electronic components in their original boxes. If not, we can offer appropriate packing materials. Be sure to back up data files or your entire hard drive. Store back-ups with your other valuables.

Begin packing valuables. Jewelry, watches, etc., should be taken with you, not shipped with the rest of your belongings. Remember not to leave valuable items unattended in your car.





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