2 to 3 Weeks before moving
Get boxes and moving supplies
Arrange phone service at your new home
Take unwanted items to charity and/or dump
Dispose of household chemicals properly (old paint, caustic cleaners, etc.).
Take these to the local Toxic Waste Centre
Arrange the return of any cable TV equipment
Complete necessary change of address forms: Drivers’ license, Health cards, Insurance Employer, Doctor, Dentist Magazine subscriptions and other mailings Memberships, insurance Bank accounts, credit cards, and tax office (Canada Customs and Revenue Agency)
If necessary, do the following: Make travel arrangements and reservations.
Arrange transfer of car insurance & license plates.
Notify kids’ schools, transfer records.
Register at new school.
Get copies of medical and dental records; if you have pets, get copies of veterinary records.
8 to 14 days before moving
Return borrowed items.
Arrange connection of utilities at new place.
Retrieve loaned items
Arrange disconnection of utilities at old place.
Arrange for major appliances to be moved, if necessary
Dispose of all flammable materials.
2 to 7 days before moving
Determine what you can bring with you if travelling by car, plane, train, or bus.
Pack a suitcase with the clothes and toiletries that you’ll need the first day in your new home.
Prepare “installed items” that you’re bringing (TV antenna or shelves*).
Pack a special box with other essentials you’ll need for the first few days and marks this box “Do Not Move”.
The day before moving
Take down curtains and curtain rods.
Pack your personal belongings, except your alarm clock, necessary clothes, jewellery and bedding
Empty, defrost and clean refrigerator; clean the stove.
Keep paperwork accessible.
Collect all keys; keep them in a safe place.
Strip and dismantle beds.
Clean premises that you are leaving, inspect with the landlord.
Check all closets and cabinets
If using a moving company, confirm the new address and delivery time with the driver
If using a moving company, walk about with supervisor and sign inventory forms.
Know how to reach your new landlord or superintendent