OH THE DREADED TASK… EXPERIENCE TELLS US MOST MOVES TAKE 8 TO 10 WEEKS FROM START TO FINISH, SO START EARLY!
8 weeks before the move
Call for estimates from professional movers
Draw a floorplan of your new home. Use decorating charts and a grid to place furniture to scale in each room and decide which furniture to move, and which to dispose of replace, or add.
6 weeks before the move
Inventory all possessions. Decide what to move, sell, replace or donate to charity.
Complete Canada Post change of address forms, mail to media, stores, organization.
Obtain copies of all medical, dental, legal, accounting, and veterinarian records.
Make arrangements for records transfer between schools on both ends of the move.
4 weeks before the move
Repair, send out for re-upholstery or clean furniture, drapes and carpeting if necessary.
Advertise garage sale to dispose of unneeded furniture, accessories, clothes etc.
If professional mover are packing your goods, schedule packing day(s) before move.
If you move yourself, order adequate boxes, packing materials and tape now.
Arrange for short-term or long-term storage if you need it.
Make travel arrangements for pets, including necessary medical records, immunizations, etc.
3 weeks before the move
Assemble sufficient supply of packing materials and equipment.
Pack items you don’t use immediately or that will go into storage.
Contact utilities on both ends of the move, order termination or turn-on for occupancy date.
Confirm final travel arrangements for family and pets.
2 weeks before the move
Prepare auto(s) or trip to new home. Check tires and have car(s) serviced before the move.
Terminate newspaper and other delivery services
Confirm new bank accounts by phone and fax.
Schedule an appliance service firm for moving day to prepare major appliances for the move.
1 week before the move
Gather important papers, records, valuables or protected shipment to new home or safe deposit box.
Notify friends and neighbours of new address and phone number if available.
Make plans for young children to be cared for on moving day.
Fill any necessary prescriptions, medications needed for the next two weeks.
Day before the move….and moving day