COUNTDOWN TO MOVING DAY!
TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE MOVE
q Call moving companies to get estimates or reserve a truck or van if you are doing the move yourself.
q Check with your insurance provider to determine your exact coverage for items damaged, lost, or broken. FYI – most insurance providers only cover items moving to the property line.
q Pitch, purge and give away everything you can. Call charities to pick up your donations or find out where the nearest donation center is located.
q Have a garage sale
ONE MONTH BEFORE THE MOVE
q Pack, Pack, Pack! Start with the items you don’t use very often.
q Notify the post office of your move and consider having your mail forwarded in case you miss some people on your change of address forms. Go to www.canadapost.ca for information or to sign up for it online.
q Change of address! This is probably the worst part about moving! Here is a checklist of places to notify:
o utility and service providers including cable, internet, telephone, cellphone, hydro, and gas of the move and arrange connections at your new address.
o credit card companies, bank accounts and your investment advisor
o magazine and newspaper subscriptions.
o clubs and organizations you belong to
o family and friends
TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE MOVE
q Pack, Pack, Pack! Leave the things you can’t live without until the day before.
q If you are moving out of town or across the country, get your family’s medical and dental records and if you have pets, veterinary records.
q If needed, schedule connections at the new address for stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer (especially if you have gas appliances for which there are no existing hook-ups)
q If you are moving into a condo or apartment, make sure to reserve the elevator.
q Have area rugs sent out for cleaning.
TWO DAYS BEFORE THE MOVE
q Defrost, drain and clean the fridge and freezer.
q If you are changing bank branches or moving out of town, make sure to empty your safe deposit box and close your accounts.
ONE DAY BEFORE THE MOVE
q Assemble a box of essentials for the new place that you can access right away. It should include toilet paper, toothpaste, medications and bedding for your new bedroom. You will want to be able to fall into bed that first night and not have to hunt for linens.
THE BIG DAY
q Take a tour of the house before you leave for the last time. Check the garage, basement, storage areas and backyard to make sure nothing has been left behind.
q Review your agreement for sale and be sure you are not taking items you included in the offer. Light fixtures usually stay unless specifically excluded. Items such as appliances, window coverings, pool accessories, garage door remotes, garden ornaments vary from deal to deal. Review what you agreed to and act accordingly.
q Do try to leave the home as clean as possible. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, perhaps a $50 visit from Molly Maid would be worthwhile. Be sure no trash or unwanted garbage is left behind.
q Leave a note for the new owners of any information you may have forgotten to tell them (maybe it’s just what you enjoyed about living there and wishing them well!). Also leave any manuals and warranty information you have regarding the appliances, furnace, central air, water treatment devices that are staying with the house.
ONCE YOU HAVE SETTLED IN
q Change your address on your driver’s licence, health card, and call Canada Revenue Agency to let them know your new address.