Here are a few tips to make your next move more structured and simple. A little preparation can go a long way in ensuring stress-free move.
Make travel arrangements for your family, pets and live plants.
Plan at-home breakfasts, lunch or dinners that will use any food items you will not be moving, including all perishables.
If self-packing, purchase moving cartons and packing materials.
Host yard sale or donate to charity any items you do not plan to move. Be ruthless! If you didn't open that box for a year - get rid of it!
Get your personal vehicle(s) serviced, if needed. Make sure they are ready to move as you are.
Fill any prescriptions needed until after settled in the new home.
Schedule disconnect of utilities.
Prepare and send moving announcements to family and friends.
Host a going away party for children. It will help remove some of their moving-to-a-new-place anxiety.
Give away any live plants you cannot transport yourself.
Return any library books.
Clean drapes and rugs.
Before moving day, dispose of all flammables, combustibles and poisons that cannot be shipped such as cleaning fluids, matches, paint, grill propane tanks, bleach, etc.
Submit change of address form to Canada Post.
Notify About the Move:
Schools. Notify current schools, contact new schools for enrollment information, and arrange for transfer of records.
Physicians and Dentists. Ask for a referral in the area you are moving to.
Veterinarian. Obtain pet records.
Local clubs and organizations. Cancel any memberships.
Any financial institutions you do business with including bank, auto finance, credit union, and credit card companies.
Insurance agent(s). Ask if policy changes are required.
Service providers for garbage, dry cleaning, pool and lawn care, dog walking, etc.
Packing the Home
Create high value inventory form.
Pack and mark boxes with items you will need immediately upon arrival in the new home as well as any items you plan to take with you rather than in the moving truck. Keep separate from other household goods.
Remove from drawers all breakables, spillables and any items not to be loaded on a moving truck.
Remove CDs, DVDs, etc. from electronics.
Remove all batteries from electronics and small appliances before packing.
Wind any electrical cords and fasten so they will not dangle.
Leave any boxes with high-value items open for mover inspection.
Mark each moving carton with the room its contents belong in.
Label all moving cartons containing breakables as FRAGILE.
Bundle broom, mop and long-handle garden tools together.
Remove any gasoline/oil from lawn mowers, heaters, gas grills and generators.
Remove all food from refrigerator and freezer. Defrost freezer 24 hours in advance.
Last Minute Tasks:
Make sure we have your cell phone number, exact address of new home and directions.
Do a final check of all rooms, closets, cabinets, garage and yard.
Check to be sure all windows are locked.
Turn off all lights, furnace/air conditioning and lock doors.
Check mail one final time.
Surrender house keys.
Take one last photo of your home before leaving.