Moving Checklist


Moving Day is an exciting day but it can also be a very stressful time. It’s always a good idea - whether you’re moving to a smaller or larger place, locally or long distance -to ensure that no detail goes unaccounted for so that everything goes smoothly on the moving day. Consider the following checklist to help you plan for a move that proceeds as orderly and as painlessly as possible.


  • Make a Moving Plan Call out your fierce inner organizer and start creating a folder with your DI (detailed itinerary) along with crucial info for the move. Store lists, notes, receipts and important documents so everything is easily at hand.
  • Moving Itinerary: Mark important dates, times and info!
    • Moving date and time (i.e.: when the movers are scheduled to arrive)?
    • Turn-off date for all utilities and home services?
    • Turn-on date for all utilities and home services of new home?
    • Directions to new home (including local maps)?
  • Get more moving company info. As you’re booking your moving company be sure to ask what insurance they carry, if there is an extra cost for insurance and what form of payment they accept. Have the company contact info on hand and ask if they can provide a direct line for the movers in case you need to reach them during the move.
  • Check your homeowner’s insurance policy. How are your possessions covered if something gets lost, broken or stolen during the move? What is your liability if someone gets hurt? What type of documentation does the company ask for should you need to file a claim?
  • Do you need to update your insurance info? Be sure to contact your insurance agent to transfer your home or other insurance in regards to the new home. If you are moving out of province, you may need to find a new local company; it may be a good time to shop around for a better rate.
  • Do you belong to local organizations? Contact schools, places of worship, or places that you currently have a membership with to obtain necessary info you may wish to take with you (ie: school records or letters of recommendation). Transfer or cancel memberships.
  • Are you re-locating for work? Make sure to contact your company’s HR department to update your new info and make inquiries about how the move may affect you in regards to employee policies.
  • Forward your mail and home services. You can request Canada Post to forward your mail to your new address. Update the change of address for any magazine or newspaper subscriptions. And it’s not just snail mail – you may wish to update your email signature or website contact info (if applicable). You may also need to cancel or transfer your utilities, phone, cable and Internet services.
  • Inform medical professionals. If you are moving out of town or even further, you will probably need to get a new doctor, dentist, etc. Ask your current medical professional for a recommendation. Check out your provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons website for lists of physicians accepting new patients. Don’t forget to transfer current prescriptions to a drugstore in your new area or town. For example, if you are with Shopper’s Drug Mart, give the pharmacy/store number of the previous location to the new one you’ve chosen and they can transfer your account.
  • Inform any other professionals you work with. Financial agents, brokers or lawyers – don’t forget to let those you have a professional relationship with know of your upcoming move.
  • Get info on your new community. Try contacting the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor's Bureau for info and maps on community centers, parks and recreation areas, schools and other places of interest. Or, spend some time on Google Maps and Street View to find the nearest bank, stores, cafés, etc.
  • Do you have a safety deposit box? If you need to transfer your bank accounts don’t forget to take your safety deposit box valuables if you’ll be moving to a different branch.
  • Do you want to have a moving sale? It’s a good time to say buh-bye to the stuff you haven’t touched in years or forgot you had. If it’s too much work, donate the items to charity and get a donation form for your tax return. Remember that you may be tempted to get rid of larger items, but measure the cost of keeping your old couch vs. buying a new one (for example). You may realize that you didn’t want that extra cost. Plus, you can always get rid of things after the move.
  • Are you a parent or pet-owner? What’s your plan for small children or pets on moving day? If the movers are doing everything, you may have planned to watch them yourself. Whatever the case, make sure you decide beforehand in order to avoid any mishaps with little ones underfoot.
  • Do you need to make travel plans? If you’re moving out-of-town or out-of-province what’s your mode of transportation? Are you renting a car, a moving truck or flying? Make sure that everyone is accounted for and be prepared to leave some extra room for flexibility in case unexpected occurrences and delays.
  • Print out new address labels. This is an easy way to mark boxes with your new address or hand out the info to people, like as your building super, so he/she can know where to forward your mail. You can also include new contact info for friends and family.
  • Keep important belongings with you.
    • Personal records (prescriptions, vaccination & dental records, etc.)
    • Birth, marriage or stock certificates
    • Jewelry and personal wills
    • Home videos, photo albums, CDs or digital frames and personal items
  • Get materials and tools for packing. You can buy any materials needed from most moving companies. Be sure to get the right sized boxes (and enough of them), packing materials like Styrofoam peanuts or scrap paper, and packing tape. Don’t forget a permanent market to label every box carefully with what is inside and which room it should go in (ex. children’s clothing, children’s bedroom). Stick on one of those new address labels if you’re concerned about any boxes getting lost.
  • Get appliances ready. If you are bringing your microwave and fridge for example, make sure they are empty, clean and dried out at least 24 hours before the move.
  • Keep receipts. Are you re-locating due to work? Remember you may be eligible for a tax credit so save all receipts related to the move.
Nick Begonja

Nick Begonja

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Request Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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