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Tips for Moving Day

Mar 15, 2018

Moving Day: Royal LePage has some tips

Moving can be very stressful if things are left to the last minute or not considered.
The following checklist starts at two months before moving day.

Two Months Before :

Sort and purge.
Go through every room and decide what you will keep, what you can get rid of, special packing needs or extra insurance coverage.

Start investigating moving company options Request an on-site estimate and get it in writing.

Use the binder to keep track of everything – estimates, receipts and an inventory of everything being moved.

Organise school records
Go to your children’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school district.

Six Weeks Before :

Order supplies
Order boxes, tape, bubble wrap and permanent markers. If required order specialty boxes such as dish barrels or wardrobe boxes.

Use it or lose it
Start using up things you don’t want to move, like frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies.

Take measurements
Check room dimensions to ensure larger furniture can fit through the door.

One Month Before

Choose your mover and confirm the arrangements
Select a company and get written confirmation of your moving date, costs and other details

Begin packing
Start packing the things you use most infrequently. Note items of special value that may require additional insurance.
Make sure to declare in writing any items valued $100 per pound such as a computer.

Clearly label and number each box with its content and designated room. Pack and label “essentials” boxes of items needed right away after the move..

Separate valuables
Add items such as jewellery and important files to a safe box for you to personally take with you. Include the movers estimate in this box as you will need it for reference on moving day.

Do a change of address
You can go to the post office or complete it online canadapost.ca. It is also wise to have a close neighbor check for mail after you move for a couple of weeks.

Notify important parties
Alert banks, brokerage firms, doctor, your employee’s H.R. department, magazine and newspapers you subscribe to, credit card, insurance and utilities.

Two Weeks Before
Arrange to be off work on moving day
Clean out safe deposit box if changing banks and take the items with you in your safe box.
Reconfirm arrangements with your moving company.

Contact the customer service departments of the gas, electric, phone and cable companies. Arrange to have the utilities up and running at the new residence
at least a day before you move.
Also keep in mind to have your utility companies do a final reading and keep a copy of your bill or report. Supply them with your new address
Pay any overdue bills and collect any refunds or utility deposits.

To transfer utilities is usually a quick procedure. Ensure there isn’t additional rental equipment such as hot water tank, alarm systems, air conditioning units and furnace for example.

One Week Before
Pack your suitcase
Aim to finish your general packing a few days before your moving date. Then pack suitcases for everyone with enough clothes for a few days.

A Few Days Before
Defrost the freezer
Reconfirm the moving company’s arrival time and make sure the staff have directions to your new home plus your cell phone number.
If you haven’t arranged payment with the mover with a credit card, get a draft or certified cheque or cash. If the staff do a good job 10 to 15 percent of the total fee is a good tip.

Moving Day
Make sure the moving truck that turns up is from the company you hired.
Before the movers leave, sign the bill of lading/inventory list and keep a copy.

Week After Your Move
Blue Bins
You will need to pick up new blue boxes and recycling bins after you move in.

Green Bins and Composting
You will need to pick up new green bins and composting after you move in. You will need a service number before you can pick up a green bin.

Changing your ID
You are able to change your address on your driver’s license and health card online through Service Ontario, click on the following link to get started: Change Address Online. You can also update your vehicle permit online but you will need to visit a Service Ontario centre to exchange your old registration for a new one. You can also visit a Service Ontario centre near you to make these changes.

Other places to Change your Address
The list of businesses, friends and families is endless when it comes to changing your address. Here are a few that come to mind:
Family Doctor
Banking Institutions
Insurance Companies
Credit Card companies
Cell Phone Providers
Place of Employment
Fitness Clubs