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Plan for an Easy Move

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It is always better to plan and start early.   

When small tasks are done every week, a couple of months before you move, you will have a smooth and easier move.  

We have researched and found the following helpful tips:

7 to 8 Weeks Before You Move:

Organize through your possessions and decide what items you no longer need.

  • Donate or discard items that you don’t need, before the move.
  • Have your antiques, fine art and other valuables appraised for insurance purposes.
  • Request estimates from professional movers or truck rental companies.
  • Set a date for the agent to visually survey your home and prepare an estimate.
  • Contact your accountant to find out if any moving expenses are tax deductible.
  • Start a file of paperwork related to the move (contacts, receipts, estimates).
  • Make any necessary travel arrangements (hotels, airfare, etc.).
  • Notify Canada Post or any Postal Service, publications, creditors, banks and others of your change of address.
  • Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move.
  • Look for sales on packing boxes and buy them, and start packing items that you won’t be needing in the next 2 month.
  • Have a "garage sale" or use an online auction service to dispose of unwanted items.

 5  to 6 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Donate unwanted clothing or household goods to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts showing the items' approximate value for possible tax deductions.
  • Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only what will be used before moving.
  • Contact the utility companies at both your new home and your current home to set up/cancel service.
  • Designate an out-of-the-way area in your home as a holding area for packed items.
  • Begin packing non-essential items.
  • Consult with your insurance agent to determine how your property is insured while it is in transit.
  • Make your reservation with the moving company.

 3 to 4 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Continue packing and Have another moving sale.
  • Arrange to close accounts in your local bank and open accounts in your new city.
  • If driving, have your car serviced for the trip (check tires, brakes and windshield wipers, fluids, belts, etc.)
  • Arrange for local charities to pick up unwanted items (be sure to get a receipt for tax purposes).
  • Return any borrowed items and retrieve anything you've loaned to friends or neighbors.
  • Make arrangements to have school, medical, dental and veterinary records transferred.
  • Have rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave both wrapped when they are returned from the cleaners.
  • Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture could cause mold if furniture must be placed in storage. 
  • If you’re moving out of or into an apartment or condo, contact building management to book an elevator.

 1 to 2 Weeks Before You Move

  • Continue packing.
  • Confirm your reservation with the moving company.
  • Place items you plan to move yourself in a separate area to avoid confusion.
  • Pack a suitcase with clothing, toiletries, medications, first aid kit etc., for the first night in your new home.
  • Set aside a box for essential items like toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, etc., that will be needed immediately after you move in.
  • Disconnect, defrost and prepare any appliances that will be moved.
  • Drain lawn equipment and power tools of gas and oil and drain garden hoses of water.

 Moving Day

  • Make sure that you or your representative is present at your old residence to answer the mover's questions.
  • Read the bill of lading prepared by your mover carefully before signing it.
  • Check your possessions as they are brought into your new home, noting any damage.
  • Expect to pay your mover with cash, a certified check unless you have previously negotiated another arrangement.