Start a moving expenses book. Some of your expenses may be tax deductible, so be sure to save receipts.
Get Written estimates from at least two moving companies and make sure the movers know all the items which are to be included. Do not include jewelry or other small valuables.
Movers insurance is usually minimal. Check that the movers' insurance will pay replacement cost of goods, which are lost. You may need to purchase additional coverage.
Notify your own insurance company of the move and ask for the policy to be reviewed.
If furniture is to be stored, what does the insurance policy cover?
Get a written commitment from the moving company confirming the date of the move and the time of arrival.
Ask for references from movers.
Don't be mislead by rates - inquire about additional charges and methods used to compute time.
Contact Provincial health insurance authorities for the province you are moving into. If it is within the same province, notify them of your change of address.
Contact Savings Branch Manager. Arrange for the transfer of all accounts, personal loans, etc. If required.
Order Cheques in new address.
Register your change of address with the post office and obtain a supply of change of address cards.
Begin mailing change of address cards. Keep a list of cards sent. Don't forget to notify all credit card companies.
Gather together all important documents. Don't forget the pet's documents
Resign from and clubs or organizations that are not active in your new community
Cancel newspaper subscription or change delivery address
2 Weeks Before The Move
Take a good look at what is worth taking and what is not. Be ruthless.
Clean out club and school lockers.
Arrange for the changeover of utilities, including telephone.
Book freight elevator if you are moving in or out of a condominium or apartment.
Make a floor plan of the new house I condominium and plan where everything will go. Don't guess take measurements.
Number all of the boxes. Keep an inventory list. Mark the contents of each of the boxes. Make two copies of the contents list for each box. Keep one with your inventory list, put the other inside each appropriate box just before you close them all up. Seal boxes.
Return all items that you have borrowed, get back what you have loaned
Week Before The Move
Prepare a list of all items you want to take with you personally. Include all jewelry and valuable items, which should
not be entrusted to movers.
Dismantle and I or fasten anything that requires it.
Prepare a list of everything else that is left.
Confirm the booking for the moving company.
2 Days Before The Move
This is your last day to pack.
Do your list laundry.
Disconnect, defrost and air dry the fridge.
Protect delicate furniture with a thick coat of wax.
Double check that all valuables have been accounted for.
1 Day Before The Move
Lead packers around the house and make sure they understand all of your instructions.
Make sure you have gathered together all keys for the home for the new owners.
Pack all of the items that you will take with you personally. Mark them" Do Not Load - For Car". It would be better if these were out of the house before the movers came in.
Lay down plastic sheets to minimize dirt in the house.
Lead the packers around the house again and make sure they understand all of your instructions.
Do a final check for forgotten items.
Check inventory for numbers of boxes - break down room by room.
Check mover Bill of Lading against your inventory.
Clearly label and leave all of the spare keys, and the code for the security system if you have one, inside the house/condominium unless otherwise arranged.
Get to the house I Condominium before the movers. Arrange to take milk, bread, coffee, tea, etc. with you. It will be a long day.
Lay down Plastic sheets to minimize dirt in the house/condominium.
Hang up curtains if possible.
Find your floor plan and give copies to the movers. When your goods arrive, look at each item carefully as it is put in place and check off your inventory.
Note any damage. You won't be able to check goods, which have not been unpacked so above your signature of the Bill of Lading, write" subject to loss or hidden damage".
First priorities will be in the children's rooms. TV or radio, and a basic kitchen.
Seeing as you have not yet unpacked, go out and have a nice dinner. You deserve it!