Your Moving Calendar

Moving house requires a LOT of organization and keeping track of everything from what boxes go in what room, to remembering to change your contact information. To help you keep the process as simple and efficient as possible, here is a calendar of what to do leading up to the big move, and when.

4 Weeks Before

- Decide which items to pack yourself and which ones you'll leave for the movers to take care of
- Tour your house and decide which items can be discarded and which you'll donate to charity (this is a great time to purge!)
- Consider hosting a moving/garage sale
- Arrange to transfer school records if required
- Call doctors and dentists - they may be able to recommend a colleague in your new neighbourhood. Get copies of renewable prescriptions and request medical and dental records
- Check your homeowners insurance to see if it covers moving. Be sure your new home is protected by transfering fire, theft and personal property insurance
- If you are moving from an apartment, be sure to notify your landlord and request your apartment deposit back. Don't forget to book an elevator for your move
- If you have houseplants, start preparing them for the move


3 Weeks Before

- Plan to use up as much of your food as possible, as perishables cannot be transported
- Arrange to have major appliances serviced before you move them (or for future residents). If it is a company-paid move, check with your move coordinator first
- Check and clear your tax assessments
- Use up or dispose of aerosols, flammables, ammunition or bottled gas. Most moving companies will not transport these
- Learn how to make moving pets easy and safe
- Request your pets records from your veteranarian
- Notify the Post Office and get any change of address forms you will require. Also notify and magazines or newspapers to which you subscribe. NOTE: You must fill out a change of address for for each person in your household who receives mail


 2 Weeks Before

- Review any documents/inventory forms from your moving company
- Arrange to discontinue utilities and delivery services
- Make any travel reservations if needed
- Return anything you've borrowed, ie: library books
- Collect anything you've loaned out as well as any dry cleaning items, lay-away, items in storage, safety deposit, etc.
- Protect your shipment from damage by disposing of items like gas, fireworks, matches, cleaning fluids, bottled gas, aerosols, acids, caustic cleaners, etc.
- Arrange connection of utilities in your new home
- Draw a floor plan of your new house and indicate placement of furnishings. This makes moving much easier
- Take down any TV antennas or satellite dishes
- Arrange for cable/satellite TV disconnection 



1 Week Before

 - Arrange payment for movers
- Transfer all bank accounts and ask your local credit bureau to transfer your records to a new city
- Reconfirm your travel reservations
- Set aside maps, games, snacks and an emergency road kit for the car
- Gather medications and important papers for the car trip
- Ask your local service provider to help connect telephone, internet and satellite/cable TV for your new home
- Start packing your suitcases
- Give your contact information to your moving company
- Drain gas and oil from small gas-powered equipment
- Drain water from garden hoses
- Leave anything that the movers will be packing in place


1-3 Days Before

 - Put your most necessary items (cleaning supplies, toiletries, bedding, etc.) in clearly marked boxes to be loaded last and unloaded first
- Be on hand to assist the movers with any questions or paperwork. Confirm delivery date, your new address and phone number where you can be reached
- Finish packing suitcases
- Defrost, clean and dry your refrigerator and chest freezer. Make sure your house is cleaned top-to-bottom. Arrange a cleaning service if desired
- Update your contact information with friends and local businesses

 Moving Day!

 - Leave a 'Welcome to Your New Home' note for the new residents in a conspicuous place
- Make a final check of of every room and storage area. Make sure windows and doors are locked, lights are out and the keys are transferred

Now you just need to settle in and enjoy your new home!  Of course, finding your new home is part of my job, so feel free to contact me if you're looking to make a move yourself - I always appreciate your business, and helping you find your dream home is the best part of my job!



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