Moving Checklist

Or, Things to Do Before You Move

Our moving checklist is a timeline of things to do before you move — to ensure that your moving day is as hassle-free as possible.

12 weeks before you move, have you …

  • Chosen your mover and signed the acceptance note?
  • Sorted through basement, loft and garage?
  • Resolved what to do with prohibited items?
  • Made proper provision for pets?
  • Decided whether or not you are taking your car?

10 weeks before your move, have you …

  • Disposed of the things you don’t want to take?

8 weeks before you move, have you …

  • Started to prepare your mailing list of people who need your change of address?
  • Notified banks, savings accounts, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, hire purchase and rental companies?
  • Started to round up passports, birth/marriage certificates and other family documentation?
  • Applied for any necessary visas?
  • Checked that electrical goods will work in your new home?

6 weeks before you move, have you …

  • Separated favorite toys?
  • Made sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date?
  • Arranged for mail to be forwarded?
  • Decided whether or not to buy any new household goods — check tax refunds.

4 weeks before you move, have you …

  • Decided which clothes travel with you?
  • Started to dismantle climbing frames/garden furniture?
  • Agreed to an insurance value and terms with your mover?
  • Made arrangements for connection of services at your new home?
  • Returning library books.
  • Cancelled milk, newspapers, subscriptions.
  • Found new homes for your plants.

7 days before your move, have you …

  • Defrosted the refrigerator/freezer
  • Planned simple meals for moving day to avoid using appliances.
  • Separated luggage items you need for personal travel.
  • Cleaned garden tools, bicycles and any other gardening equipment.
  • Emptied the tanks of powered tools such as mowers.
  • Checked that you have enough medication for at least two weeks, and ensure you have copies of any necessary prescriptions for use at destination.
  • Collected travelers cheques or local currency.
  • Arranged for someone to look after the children on moving day.

Moving day …

  • Relax.

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