Moving Check List

Planning Checklist: Three Weeks until Moving Day

More than 14 days before moving

 __ Get boxes and moving supplies.    __ Arrange phone service at your new home.
 __ Take unwanted items to charity and/or dump.    __ Set up mail-forward with Canada Post.
 __ 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.
 __ Arrange (new policy or to transfer existing policy) for contents and tenant liability insurance.
Complete necessary change of address forms:
If necessary, do the following:
 __ Drivers’ license, Health cards, Insurance    __ Make travel arrangements and reservations.
 __ Employer, Doctor, Dentist    __ Arrange transfer of car insurance & license plates.
 __ Magazine subscriptions and other mailings    __ Notify kids’ schools, transfer records.
 __ Memberships    __ Register at new school.
 __ Bank accounts, credit cards, and tax office
(Canada Customs and Revenue Agency)
   __ 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 applicances to be moved.  __ 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, jewellry and bedding
 __ Empty, defrost and clean refrigerator; clean the stove.

Moving day

 __ 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.
 __ Final walk-through: 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.

*Note: Ensure your lease permits the items that you plan to install in a new place. Some leases may not permit the installation of shelving screwed into walls or TV antennas.

Be sure to give proper notice; see the Provincial Fact Sheets for information on the notice required.

Provided by CMHC


Updated December 2016

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