Tips to make your moving day great
MOVING DAY CHECKLIST
Three months ahead
- Create a moving-day file system, including key phone numbers (lawyer, REALTOR®, insurer).
- Collect recommendations for movers.
- Start to sell, use up, give away, recycle or discard anything you won’t move.
- Arrange school transfers.
- Update your address with: Financial institutions, government, employers, pension plans, doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, motor vehicle bureaus, insurers, associations, subscriptions.
Two months ahead
- Collect written estimates, hire a mover.
- Collect boxes.
- Start packing non-essential items; label boxes, keep inventory.
- Arrange changeovers: Mail, cable, telephone, Internet, utilities, home and auto insurance.
One month ahead
- Measure new home, create floor plan, colour-code boxes for each room.
- Make moving-day plans for children, pets.
- Dispose of flammables, drain fuel-burning equipment.
- Send out items for cleaning/repair; arrange for pickup/delivery to new home.
- Arrange to transplant or take cuttings from prized outdoor perennials.
- Identify valuable/fragile items to be moved separately (jewellery, houseplants).
- Begin to disassemble large furniture pieces; continue packing.
- Confirm everything. Give directions, phone numbers.
- Finish packing, dismantle fixtures (shelving, curtains).
- Visit new home: Test keys, lights, appliances, furnace, doorbell. Ensure all agreed items are in place (light fixtures, blinds).
- Arrange vehicle parking, book elevators.
- Clean fridge, stove, bathroom.
- Assemble keys, documentation for new owner.
- Create moving-day kit: Sleepwear, next-day clothes; medications, toiletries; essential foods plus utensils; charged phone, laptop, chargers; cleaning supplies; moving-day file system.
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