Take a look at our checklist and be all set when the day comes. Our list of useful tips will guide you through the process and ease your task.
Two months before moving
- Make a list of your electronics and their serial numbers and take pictures of your valuable items and goods. If they are damaged or stolen during your move this list can help you with your insurance claim.
- Reserve you moving company or rental truck. If you need to temporarily store your goods, contact a storage company.
- Now is the time to clean everything up and sort your goods. Divide them into three categories: to keep, to give away and to throw away. Having a garage sale can be a good option at this point. You will avoid needlessly moving various items.
- Have your prescription information and copies of your medical and dental files transferred to your new specialists near your new address.
- Now you can start packing up certain goods: decorative items, sporting goods, seasonal items, etc.
One month before moving
- Go to your post office or go online to complete a change of address form.
- Complete a change of address with the necessary government organizations, your banking institution, your credit card companies, your insurance company, your newspaper and magazine distributers, your employer and your children’s schools.
- Advise your service providers (TV, home and mobile phone, Internet, electricity, gas, oil) of your move.
- Go over all items in your home and garage and pack all goods that you rarely use (books, office supplies, games and toys, dishes and kitchenware, bedding, tools, etc.)
One week before moving
- Confirm your reservation with your movers or truck rental company.
- If you have young children or pets, ask for help from a trustworthy person to take care of them on moving day.
- Now is the time to finish packing all your goods, keeping only the essential items for the last week.
- If possible, disassemble cumbersome furniture that might be damaged during the move. Make sure also to cover up furniture legs, corners, handles and drawers.
- And of course, don’t forget to ask your family and friends for help on the big day!
Tips from the pros
- Have a tape roll dispenser for each person.
- Package your fragile items in tissue paper, bubble wrap, newspaper, paper towels or sheets. Use clothing or towels for padding.
- Use cardboard boxes of the same size to facilitate stacking and make sure to distribute the weight evenly.
- Use plastic bins to package heavier items.
- Keep markers and labels on hand to identify your boxes on all four sides. Also, don’t forget to indicate the rooms where your boxes will go.
- Keep your toolbox nearby.
- When dismantling your items, take care to place small detachable parts in resealable bags to be taped directly to the items.
- Use a utility knife to facilitate unpacking when you open your boxes.