Moving Checklist

Download Moving Checklist (PDF) Printable

As soon as possible

  • If you are a renter, give your Landlord proper notice that you will be vacating the unit and terminating your tenancy.
  • Have your realtor forward a copy of the agreement of Purchase and Sale to your lawyer.
  • If you have committed to the buyers of your current home that you will complete repairs, make arrangements for thee repairs to be done.
  • Make sure your Mortgage Company has your Lawyers number and contact information.
  • Create a ‘move’ file to keep track of estimates, receipts and other important information. Depending on your particular situation, some expenses may be tax deductible on your income tax.
  • Get estimates from several moving companies so that you can choose one. Get quotes, get references and make sure your possessions are insured. If you are moving yourself, get estimates for moving trucks and confirm their availability. Once you are satisfied, hire your moving company or if you are moving yourself, reserve a moving truck. Be sure to get details in writing. Do this well in advance because movers and truck rentals are often in short demand.
  • If you are moving into a building where there is an elevator, you will be required to make arrangements with the building superintendent or management to reserve an elevator for you. You may need a security deposit and sometimes you will be required to move on their schedule.
  • If you are packing yourself, you will need pens to catalogue an inventory of items, purchase packing paper, twine and tape. You will also either need to buy boxes or source some sturdy ones for your move. If you plan to wrap fragile items in newspaper, you will need to find enough for your move.
  • Sort through the contents of closets, drawers, and cupboards to weed out what you don’t want or need. Clean as you sort. Have a yard sale, sell or donate what you don’t want. Inventory items for insurance purposes. As you pack, consider labeling boxes to be able to place the boxes in their appropriate location or room at your new location. Pack essential items separately as you will need them immediately at your new location.
  • Ensure that items that are to be left at your current home as per your signed agreement with the buyers are left behind. Do not remove fixtures from your home unless they were excluded from your sale agreement.
  • Leave behind any manuals that you think the new buyers will need for appliances, security systems, etc.
  • Decide which items you will move yourself. For example Fine China, computers, televisions, etc).
  • Set aside a box of tools you will need for the move (to take apart beds, etc).
  • If necessary, find a new Family Medical doctor at your new location. You can ask your current doctor to recommend one.
  • If you have pets, do not forget to get copies of Vet records.

6 Weeks Before

  • Finalize real estate or rentals needs.
  • Arrange time off to move.
  • Arrange for someone to take care of small children and pets the day of the move.
  • Make travel arrangements if moving out of town.
  • Notify schools of the move and contact new schools for enrollment information. Ask that copies of school records be sent to new schools.
  • Obtain medical records for each family member and have these records sent to your new family doctor, if necessary.
  • Consult insurance agents to cancel current insurance policies and arrange for insurance on your new property. Make sure they include the name of your mortgage company on the insurance policy and forward proof of insurance to your lawyer.
  • Arrange for any services required at your new home. For example painters, carpet cleaners, floor re-finishers or cleaning services.
  • Don’t buy a lot of groceries. Use up what you have. You’ll have less to move.

1 Month Before

  • Call utility providers to disconnect services at your current location for the day you move out and have new services re-connected at your new location. Request that meters be read at your present home (Hydro, Water and Gas) and provide forwarding addresses for the final billing. Arrange to terminate other services like Satellite, Phone, Cable, Security and Internet). Arrange for these services at your new address. You can call the City/Town Hall or the Chamber of Commerce for information on services.
  • If necessary, arrange for storage in your new community.
  • Cancel memberships that you will no longer be a part of (Gym memberships) and organizations you will be leaving.
  • Arrange to transfer your bank accounts if necessary and order new cheques with your new address.

1 Week Before

  • Back up computer data.
  • Defrost fridges and freezers and drain garden hoses if necessary.
  • Finish packing boxes.
  • Confirm travel arrangements.
  • Arrange deposits for movers. Confirm address and delivery date. Make sure to give moving company your itinerary and cell phone number. Keep in mind that your lawyer will provide you with the key to your new residence after the closing is complete to be able to get into your new home.
  • Complete the change-of-address forms at the post office and send notices to subscriptions for newspapers, magazines, creditors, friends, relatives, employers, credit cards, banks, Canada Revenue Agency and any other necessary companies or organizations.

Moving Day

  • Clean as required.
  • Accompany the mover as they inventory your possessions.
  • Make sure that items that are to remain with the home have been left behind.
  • Leave a forwarding address for new owners.
  • Leave keys and garage door openers on the kitchen counter. turn down heat or air conditioner.
  • Ensure that the new owners have the code for the security system or disarm the system.
  • Take photographs.
  • Lock windows, turn off lights, close doors, and take a final tour after the movers have finished. Make sure that nothing is left behind.

After the Move

  • Have your address updated on your Driver’s Licence, Ownership and Health Card.
  • Consider changing the locks on your new Home.
  • Check all Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors at your new home to ensure that they are working properly and insert new batteries.
  • Relax and enjoy your new Home.