The Moving Process

Don’t become overwhelmed by moving. If you are organized and well prepared, it doesn’t have to be a time-consuming and stressful experience. I find that using a checklist helps get everything done and can make your move a successful one.

Household

  • Arrange to have your mail forwarded to your new address.
  • Forward or cease all deliveries to your home, and forward or cancel newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
  • Disconnect or take care of utility, cable and phone services and accounts.
  • Arrange for utilities to be connected at your new house.
  • Cancel pre-authorized bill payments.
  • Begin going through closets and discarding any unnecessary items, pack things that you don’t need in the near future and have a garage sale for other stuff you don’t need.

Packing

  • Plan your packing.  Start by purchasing or acquiring suitable containers.  Most moving companies have specialized containers you can buy.  Also, speak with others who have recently moved—they may be looking to get rid of boxes.  You’ll need the following:  small boxes for heavy items (books, tools, etc.); large boxes for bulky items (bedding, stuffed toys, etc.); medium boxes for bulky but less heavy items (towels, small appliances, etc.)
  • Begin to collect other packing materials.  Decide which items you’ll need from the following checklist:
    • Wrapping paper / newspaper / bubble wrap
    • Packing / Scissors / a blade
    • Labels and stickers / Felt marker to label boxes
    • Notebook and pen for listing contents
  • Set goals and deadlines for yourself.  Aim, for example, to pack one room per week.  
  • Attach a list of contents to each box.  Separate and label boxes to be placed in storage.
  • Consider holding a garage sale to rid yourself of excess belongings.
  • Begin to use up the food in your pantry and freezer.  Let the food you already have dictate your menus.
  • Have rugs cleaned that are to be moved, then roll and wrap them.
  • Make special arrangements for the moving of plants or pets.
  • Collect all personal items from local services (dry cleaning, storage, photos).
  • Put all of your important documents in a safe space (passports, birth certificates, etc…)
  • Service all appliances you are taking with you.  Note that all gas appliances must be emptied, as it is illegal for movers to carry flammable substances.
  • Take inventory of all the boxes, and contents of the boxes, you have packed.
  • Have your car serviced and tuned up.

Community

  • Return library books.
  • Clean out your locker at any club you are leaving.
  • Determine how to transfer your children to a new school.
  • Return items you’ve borrowed to friends, and collect any you’ve lent.
  • Mail or e-mail change of address notices to family members, friends, and office contacts.

Records

  • If needed transfer medical and dental records, and fill prescriptions.
  • Change the address on your driver’s license and health card.
  • Change the billing address for credit cards.
  • Change the address for banking statements.
  • Leave a record of security codes for new tenants.

Insurance and Legal Matters

  • Visit your lawyer and ensure all documents are signed.
  • Notify your insurance company in advance and ask them to review your policy.  
  • Transfer insurance to your new home, or acquire new insurance.
  • Review your moving company’s insurance policy.  You might want to get your own.
  • If you are currently renting a house or apartment, give written notice to the landlord.
  • Have all keys to your old home delivered to your lawyer or realtor.

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