One Month Before Moving
- Fill out change of address order form for
- Fill out an Revenue Canada change
of address form
- Make arrangements with moving
company or reserve a rental truck
- Make travel arrangements, if necessary,
with airlines, buses, car rental agencies
- Transfer memberships in churches, clubs
and civic organizations
- Obtain medical and dental records,
x-rays and prescription histories Ask
doctor and dentist for referrals and
- Set up a checking account in your
- Check into the laws and requirements
of your new city regarding home-based
businesses, professional tests, business
licenses and any special laws that might
be applicable to you
- Take inventory of your belongings before
they’re packed, in the event you need to
file an insurance claim later
If possible, take pictures or video tape
your belongings Record serial numbers
of electronic equipment
- Make arrangements for transporting pets
- Start using up food items, so that there is
less left to pack and possibly spoil
One - Two Weeks Before Moving
- Switch utility services to new address.
Inform electric, disposal, water,
newspaper, magazine subscription,
telephone and cable companies of
- Arrange for help on moving day.
- Confirm travel reservations.
- Reserve elevator if moving from an
- Have appliances serviced for moving.
- Clean rugs and clothing and have them
wrapped for moving.
- Plan ahead for special needs of infants.
- Close bank accounts and have your funds
wired to your new bank. Before closing,
be sure there are no outstanding checks
or automatic payments that haven’t been
- Collect valuables from safe-deposit box.
Make copies of any important documents
before mailing or hand carry them to
your new address.
- Check with your insurance agent to
ensure you’ll be covered through your
homeowner’s or renter’s policy during
- Defrost freezer and refrigerator. Place
deodorizer inside to control odors.
- Give a close friend or relative your
travel route and schedule so you may
be reached if needed.
On Moving Day
- Double check closets, drawers, shelves,
attic and garage to be sure they are
- Carry important documents, currency
and jewelry yourself, or use registered
- Carry travelers checks for quick,
After Arriving At New Home
- Renew your driver’s license, auto
registration and tags.
- Shop around for new insurance policies,
especially auto coverage.
- Revise your will and other legal papers
to avoid longer probate and higher
- Locate the hospitals, police stations,
veterinarian and fire stations near your
- Keep the following supplies handy
- Marking pen
- Bubble wrap
- Tape and scissors
- Tape measure
- Use strong boxes and containers that
can be secured tightly. Purchase special
boxes for dishes, wardrobe and other
- Pack audio-video equipment in their
original boxes. Label cables and tighten
transit screws. If removing screws, tape
them to the objects they are removed
- Avoid loading more than 50 pounds into
- Label each box and indicate the following:
- Which room it should go in
- Whether it is fragile
- If it should beloaded last so it will be unloaded first.
- Cushion contents with packing material
such as bubble wrap, newspaper or
tissue. Save room by using towels and
blankets to wrap fragile items.
- Pack books tightly on end in small boxes.
If musty smelling, sprinkle talcum powder
between the pages and wrap the book
before packing. Leave stored for a couple
of months to eliminate the smell.
About Moving Companies...
Consumer complaints against moving
companies have been rising.
some tips that can help your move
- Get a binding estimate from the moving
company. Make sure the amount is written
in the contract.
- Inquire about their on-time record
and other complaints with the local Better
Business Bureau or consumer complaints
- Movers are limited by law regarding what
they can give you for lost or
damaged goods. To cover potential damage,
check existing homeowner’s
or renter’s policy.
- Ask about expected gratuities and
write into contract.
- Have the contract include a guarantee
of how many hours the job will take,
allowing an overrun of no more
- Be sure all charges are listed on
- Watch loading and unloading and examine
all items carefully before
signing a receipt.
- Document an inventory of your
belongings before you pack.
Protecting the Environment
Following are some general suggestions to help you protect the environment before, during and after your move.
- Rinse disposable diapers before throwing them away.
- Turn off the water while brushing teeth.
- Recycle cardboard boxes.
- Use phosphate-free laundry detergent.
- Recycle whenever possible.
- Automobile & Traveling
- Keep your car tuned.
- Recycle and dispose of oil safely.
- Wash your car on grass.
- Don’t litter.
- Non-hazardous and non-recyclable.
- Call the Solid Waste Division in your county for disposal instructions and transfer stations in your area.
- Recyclable Material
- Aluminum cans, papers, appliances.
- Call the Solid Waste Division/Recycling in your county for instructions.
- Hazardous Wastes
- Paints, oil, pesticides, dyes, coolants.
- Call the Solid Waste Division/Hazardous Wastes Disposal in your county for instructions.