The Move 30 Day Checklist

30 Days Before Moving Day

  • Time to start packing! To make it easier, begin with the items in your home you do not use regularly. Be sure to clearly label or number your boxes to make the unpacking easier.
  • As you pack, make note of items of significant value (i.e. stereo systems, flat screen televisions). Depending on your insurance agreement with your moving company, you will need to declare items of value in case items are lost or damaged.

Review service offering & inform the following companies and institutions about your new address

  • Banks
  • Cable and phone providers
  • Insurance companies
  • Hydro and utility companies
  • Credit card companies
  • Doctor and dentist offices
  • Childcare Services

TIP: Many companies now offer the convenience of changing address information online.

More than 14 days before moving

  • Get boxes and moving supplies.
  • Take unwanted items to charity and/or dump.
  • Get boxes and moving supplies.
  • Dispose of household chemicals properly (old paint, caustic cleaners, etc.).Take these to the local Toxic Waste Centre
  • Arrange (new policy or to transfer existing policy) for contents and tenantliability insurance.
  • Arrange phone service at your new home
  • Set up mail-forward with Canada Post.
  • Arrange phone service at your new home
  • 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
  • Bank accounts, credit cards, and tax office (Canada Revenue Agency)
  • 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
  • Retrieve loaned items
  • Arrange for major appliances to be moved.
  • Arrange connection of utilities at new place.
  • Arrange disconnection of utilities at old place.
  • 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.
  • Prepare "installed items" that you're bringing (TV antenna or shelves).
  • Pack a suitcase with the clothes and toiletries that you'll need the first day in your new home.
  • 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
  • Pack a suitcase with the clothes and toiletries that you'll need the first day in your new home.
  • Pack a special box with other essentials you'll need for the first few days and marks this box "Do Not Move".

Moving day

  • Keep paperwork accessible.
  • Strip and dismantle beds.
  • Final walk-through: check all closets and cabinets
  • If using a moving company, walk about with supervisor and sign inventory forms.
  • Collect all keys; keep them in a safe place.
  • Clean premises that you are leaving, inspect with the landlord.
  • If using a moving company, confirm the new address and delivery time with the driver.