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Moving Checklist

Preparation

Obtain a Change of Address Notifications Cards from your local Post Office. Send cards to:

  • Banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions
  • Charge card and credit card companies
  • Doctors, dentists, and other service providers
  • Federal, Provincial and Municipal authorities and any other government agencies as needed
  • Gather moving supplies, boxes, tape, rope.
  • If moving far away, make any necessary travel arrangements
  • Call a moving company or make truck rental reservation to move yourself
  • Place medical and insurance records in a safe and accessible place

Two Weeks Before Moving

  • Inform gas, electric, water, cable, local telephone and trash removal services of your move. Sign up for services at your new address.
  • Inform long distance phone company of your move. Sign up for long distance service at your new address
  • Recruit moving-day help
  • Confirm travel reservation, if moving far
  • Arrange to close or transfer your bank account, if appropriate

The Day Before Moving

  • Set aside moving materials like a tape measure, pocket knife, packing boxes, tape and markers
  • Pick up rental truck, if you have rented or borrowed
  • Check oil and gas in the rental truck and your car
  • If traveling, make sure you have tickets, charge cards, and other essentials

Packing Tips

Keep the following supplies and accessories on hand:

  • Boxes, all sizes
  • Bubble wrap or other cushioning material
  • Marking pens
  • Tape measure
  • Furniture pads or old blankets
  • Packing tape and scissors
  • Money and credit cards
  • Label each box with the room in the new home to which it should be delivered.
  • Number the boxes and keep a list of what is in each box.
  • Clearly mark fragile items.
  • Pack a bag of personal items you’ll need during the move (change of clothes, toiletries, medicine, maps, food, and drinks). Keep it in an easy-to-find place when you pack.
  • Keep a medical kit accessible.
  • If you have children, pack a bag of games and activities for the trip

During the First Week After Moving

  • Locate police and fire stations as well as hospitals and gas stations near your home.
  • Scout your new neighbourhood for shopping areas. You may need furniture, tools, or house wares unexpectedly.
  • Call your local Municipal authority to find out which day the trash is collected. Also ask whether your new community has recycling programs.
  • Seek out new service providers such as a bank, cleaners, veterinarian.
  • If you have moved into a different province, contact the Motor Vehicles Department to get your new driver’s license.
  • Call your Chamber of Commerce for helpful information on: Schools, Cable service, Cultural events and community activities, Libraries and parks, and Availability of emergency calling services, such as 911
  • Provide your new doctor and dentist with your medical history. You may need to request your file from your previous doctor/dentist.
  • Transfer insurance policies to an agent in your new community.
  • You may also wish to make a detailed list of your belongings, their value, and your coverage.
  • Give your new home a good cleaning.