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Planning the Details of your Move

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Moving is often accompanied by life-altering events like a new job, a change of marital status or other personal reasons. Whatever might be the reason, uprooting oneself from one place to settle in another is a difficult thing to orchestrate.

Organization and planning can help you have a stress-free transition into your new life.

Preparing for your move

Organization, planning and preparations for the moving day should start four to six weeks before your scheduled moving day.

Begin to prepare for your move by:
  • Familiarizing yourself with the new community
  • Contact the local Chamber of Commerce to get information
  • Look into schools, community programs, book clubs, parks and recreation
  • Make travel arrangements so you have enough time to accommodate changes, plans or delays
    • Flights, car rentals and hotels for your entire family should be made at this time
  • Finalize real estate and rental needs
  • Transfer medical, property, fire and auto insurance
  • Keep all important documents in a safe and accessible place away from the other items you're moving
    • Birth certificates, wills, medical and dental records, vaccination records and eyeglass specifications
    • One of a kind items like jewellery and photos

TIP: This is the best time to create a moving folder which should contain your plan of action, your schedules, an inventory of items and moving receipts as they are tax deductible.

Things to do at the present location

Three weeks before moving, take care of things that ought to be done at your present residence.
  • Inform the Canada Post about your change of address and the date of the move
    • Ask for a "mover's kit" that can be used to inform correspondents and publications about your change of address
  • Homeowner's insurance has to be reviewed
  • Inform the proper authorities of any changes
  • Telephone, electric and cable companies need to be contacted for the proper procedures
    • Ask about getting deposits returns and utilities disconnected
  • Informs friends of your move as they may want to throw you a going away party
  • Give prior notice to your employer


Two weeks prior to your move:
  • Take an inventory of your belongings
    • Categorize them according to rooms
  • Collect items that you are not going to need and give them to charity or sell them in a garage sale
  • Acquire packing supplies
    • Boxes, tapes, moving blankets, etc.
  • Pack things into boxes and label them
  • Empty, defrost and clean the refrigerator one day before moving

Moving day

On your moving day:
  • Supervise the loading process
  • Make sure to check on the conditions of the goods as they are getting loaded
  • Take a final tour of your home and make sure nothing is left behind
  • Lock all doors, windows and turn off all the switches
  • Before signing the bill of lading, check the accuracy of your new address and phone number
  • Keep in touch with the mover's agent while you are in transit

At the new location

Before signing the inventory, check your furniture and the cartons for any damages.

While unpacking, damages to or loss of household items should be reported to the mover. The mover has to reply within 30 days and settle the claim within 120 days.

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on January 15, 2013 - Moving Expert
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