Sort and de-clutter your; closets, garage, kitchen, bathroom cabinets, basement etc.
Donate/sell items you no longer want or need
Gather packing supplies, if not hiring professional packers. See our Packing Supply Survival Kit
Gather important documents and records into one safe, accessible place
Begin planning layout and placement of furniture in your new home
One Month Before Moving
Begin packing less frequently used items; off season clothing, decorations, items in storage from garage, basement, attic, closets. Tip: Label boxes appropriately with contents
Send items to cleaners: rugs, drapery, bedding, quilts etc.
Back up important documents, desktops, hard drives, pictures to an external drive or cloud
Two Weeks Before Moving
Contact utility companies to notify them of move and set a date to cut off service in old residence and set up activation in new residence. (gas, electric, water, water, cable, internet, phone service, subscriptions, lawn care services)
Notify bank of new address – check to see if address changes can be done by phone or online with your bank.
Continue packing items from around your home
Arrange to be off work for moving day
Schedule a pet spa for your pets for move day
One Week Before Moving
Set up mail forwarding with Canada Post if desired (this is a service with a fee)
Pack an essentials box (see How To Pack an Essentials Box)
Finish packing all boxes, minus what you’ll need for the final week
Change your address with;
The Day Before Moving
Ensure all boxes are sealed and labeled correctly
No loose items left in the home
All cabinets, closets, dressers etc are empty
Empty, defrost and clean refrigerator; clean the stove.
Ensure there is clear access for the truck to park at the nearest entryway to your home before movers arrive
In the winter: shovel and salt the driveways, walkways, stairways, entryways before movers arrive
Before leaving your home do a final walk through, ensure the premises are empty and clean
How movers where to place items In home (provide your layout)
Before the truck leaves the premises at your new home, do a walk through to ensure placement of all furniture, and check the truck is empty.
Make sure to have your method of payment on hand for movers
Don’t forger to tip your movers
Unpack valuable and most important items upon arrival