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Moving Check List - What to do and when to do it

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If you are currently renting, read your rental agreement to confirm how far in advance you must give notice that you are moving out. 30- 60 days written notice is common. Provide your landlord with notice accordingly.

Prepare a File to Keep Receipts of Moving Expenses for possible Reimbursements or Tax Deductions. Talk to your accountant on this matter for whether or not these deductions apply to you.

• If you plan to move yourself, enlist the help of reliable friends, arrange for transportation or van/truck rentals if necessary

• If the closing on the sale of your old house, and possession of your new house are not coordinated, you will need to make arrangements to store your possessions and have accommodations for the period of time between the move out date and the move in date.


• Begin sorting through your closets and collect things you wish to give away to charities.

• Call the charity of your choice to arrange for pick up of your belongings or drop off

• Make Any Necessary Repairs to Your Current Home as per the Agreement of Purchase & Sale Contract

• Transfer or Resign Any Club Memberships You May Have

• If You Are Moving Yourself, Get Your Moving Supplies Prepared

• Supplies: Packing paper, markers, boxes, twine, tape, etc.


• Canada Post Online OR In person at a Post Office.

• Use Canada Post´s Easy Notification Service to E-notify family and friends and notify participating organizations online

• Notify your utilities (water, natural gas and/or electric) company(ies) to change address & arrange for your meter to be read on the day of your move, have your existing service to be cancelled and resumed at your new home upon move-in

• Contact your bank to transfer your accounts to the branch most conveniently accessible from your new location & update your address

• Notify your financial companies, loan institutions etc.

• Notify credit card companies

• Notify your doctor of address change

• Notify your dentist of address change

• Transfer prescription files to a pharmacy that is more conveniently accessible from your new location

• Transfer your pet licenses

• Notify your veterinarian

• Notify your insurance providers of your address change

• Notify your house cleaning and/or lawn/garden service provider

• Notify alarm service provider

• Transfer any magazine subscriptions you may have

• Transfer newspaper subscription

• Notify your mobile phone service provider to change address on account

• Notify your home phone company to change address & arrange for existing service to be cancelled and resumed at your new home upon move-in

• Notify your internet service provider to change address & arrange for existing service to be cancelled and resumed at your new home upon move-in

• Notify your television/satellite service provider to change address & arrange for existing service to be cancelled and resumed at your new home upon move-in

• Notify school(s)

• Notify the Canada Revenue Agency

• Change driver´s license.  


• Verify that all paperwork and financing is in order by contacting your lawyer, mortgage broker, real estate agent etc.

• Confirm your moving date

 • Arrange care for your children and/or pets during the busy days of packing, loading and moving in.

• Use up as many of your perishable food items as possible


• Confirm moving arrangements with moving companies, friends, transportation rental company etc.

• Set aside and label any items that you do not want to have packed away.

• Drain fuel from the lawnmower and other machinery. Safely dispose of all gasoline, matches, paints, aerosol cans

• Clean rugs and drapes.

• Prepare a list of items you'll need immediately at your new home such as a flashlight, light bulbs, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, snacks and drinks.

• Confirm transfer of services with utilities and other service providers.

• Begin any cleaning and tidying that needs to be done to ensure your home is left in good condition


• Make sure you have cardboard or something for the mover's to walk on so the carpets or hardwood do not get damaged

• Clean the fridge

• Clean stove/oven

• Clean microwave

• Perform any other miscellaneous cleaning/tidying that needs to be done

• Ensure everything is packed, labeled and ready to go for moving day

• Confirm arrangements where to pick up the keys to your new home 


Before You Leave Your Old Home:

• Ensure all lights are turned off

• Ensure all appliances are turned off or unplugged as necessary

• Check all rooms, closets, shelves, garage, outdoor areas etc. to see that all boxes, and items have been packed

• Ensure all windows and doors are locked

• Take all of your garbage with you

• After your lawyer says it is closed, go and get the keys to your new home


• Perform a thorough walkthrough of your new home to ensure everything is in good order and as per the purchase contract

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