Moving Guide | Moving Pets and Plants

One Month Before Moving
  • Fill out change of address order form for post office.
  • 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 and hotels
  • 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 transfer prescriptions
  • Set up a checking account in your new city
  • 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 your move.
  • Arrange for help on moving day.
  • Confirm travel reservations.
  • Reserve elevator if moving from an apartment.
  • 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 processed.
  • 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 the move.
  • 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 empty.
  • Carry important documents, currency and jewelry yourself, or use registered mail.
  • Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds.
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 legal fees.
  • Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your new home.
Packing Tips...
  • Keep the following supplies handy for packing:
    • Boxes
    • Marking pen
    • Bubble wrap
    • Newspaper
    • Tissue
    • Tape and scissors
    • Tape measure
  • Use strong boxes and containers that can be secured tightly. Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe and other special items.
  • 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 from.
  • Avoid loading more than 50 pounds into one box.
  • 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.
Following are some tips that can help your move go smoothly.

  • 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 department.
  • 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 than 10%.
  • Be sure all charges are listed on contract.
  • 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.

  • Home
    • 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.
  • Garbage
    • 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.