Helpful checklist when moving

August 5, 2011

Once you have a firm offer

  • Contact movers for quotes – Please feel free to ask me for reliable moving companies
  • Arrange a Buyers visit with me for measuring windows, walls, doorway and contractors if needed
  • Book the elevator if moving from or two a condo/apartment. The most management office will request a damage deposit when booking the elevator. This may or may not be refundable.
  • Book your tradespeople such as contractors, designers, window treatment installers, appliance delivery etc for a day after closing so that they are not waiting around during the day of closing in case there is a hiccup the day of.

One to two months before moving

  • Get rid of anything you are not planning on taking with you (sell it, toss it, give it away prior to moving)
  • Have a garage sale
  • Fill out change of address forms
  • Make any necessary travel arrangements
  • Transfer memberships in clubs, civic organizations etc
  • Obtain medical and dental records, X-rays and prescriptions histories
  • If applicable – Ask your doctor and dentist for referrals and transcripts, transfer prescriptions if moving a great distance
  • If applicable – Check into the laws and requirements of your new city regarding any special laws that may be applicable to you and your needs.
  • Take inventory of your belongings before they’re packed, in the event you need to make an insurance claim later
  • Make arrangements for transporting pets.

Two to four weeks before moving

  • Switch utility services to the new address
  • Inform electric, water, newspaper, magazine subscriptions, telephone and cable companies of your move
  • Arrange help on moving day – Beware: family and friends may start avoiding you knowing your move is coming up 
  • If needed have another garage sale
  • Confirm travel arrangements
  • Reserve elevator if moving to or from a Condo/Apartment
  • Have your area rugs cleaned before moving
  • Plan ahead for children – what can they do to help during the day of the move
  • Put aside your essential documents to hand carry them to your new home

Moving Day

  • Double check closets, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty before leaving your old digs.
  • Carry important documents, currency and jewellery yourself
  • Ensure movers have all your contact information and you have theirs in case you need to reach one another during the travel period.

Arriving at your new Home

  • Make sure the way is clear for the movers
  • If there are any problems please call me for help.
  • Have water, snacks, paper towels, and toilet paper handy.
  • Set up the kids with fun activities if they are going to be with you during the moving day
  • Don’t forget to have your driver’s license change to your new address