While moving will always be stressful, there is a way to make it a little less so by organizing your efforts ahead of time. Below is a checklist to help with your endeavour:
Book your moving company or truck rental company to avoid last-minute headaches.
Contact your doctor, veterinarian, insurance agent and your child’s school to find out what you have to do to transfer your records – or insurance coverage – to a new location.
If you have a gym membership, find out what it’s going to take to cancel, transfer or sell your membership.
If you’re moving into a condo, find out what’s involved in booking the elevator (i.e. deposit) and book it as soon as possible.
Ensure a fresh start in your new home by weeding through the clutter and tossing/giving away everything you don’t need. Charity Village (www.charityvillage.com) has compiled a list of charities across the country that take donations. You may also want to sell your items on Craigslist.com, Facebook Marketplace or Kijiji.ca.
Start gathering moving supplies – boxes, packing tape, newspaper, etc.
Change your mailing address using Canada Post’s (canadapost.ca) online ‘Smart Moves’ program. For in-province moves, it costs $70 to automatically redirect your mail for 12 months.
Get packing! Start with the items you don’t use on a regular basis. Make sure boxes are clearly marked with the new room destination as well as a list of the contents. Jot down items of significant value, for moving insurance purposes.
If you opted not to use Canada Post’s Smart Moves program, now is the time to start notifying everyone about your upcoming address change. Here is a breakdown of who this list should include:
Check in with your moving/truck rental company – just to be safe.
Cancel or transfer your newspaper service.
Transfer your hydro/utilities account and your cable/phone. Make sure you cancel the services the day after you move out, and activate the hydro at your new residence the day before you move in.
At this point, most of your packing should be completed – everything remaining should be items you’re going to use this week. Leave a few empty boxes aside for these items, as well as a bag for those things you plan to carry with you.
Re-confirm arrival time of your moving truck. If moving yourself, re-confirm your reservations with the truck rental company.
Prepare a detailed map and directions for your movers including a cell phone number you can be reached at on moving day.
Pack a travel bag with the items your family may need on moving day such as tooth brushes, change of clothing, medications, hair brushes, soap, toilet paper, paper plates and cups, aspirin, etc.
If you are moving yourself, start dismantling dressers, tables and other large furniture.
Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day.