Moving Checklist

When you are moving, there are plenty of things that can be done to help make the move go smoother.



3 to 4 Weeks Before Moving Day

  • Notify the post office that you are moving
  • Notify subscriptions, memberships and credit card companies of your change in address
  • Contact utility companies, phone, heat, water, cable and make arrangements for deposit refunds and shut-off dates
  • Make arrangements for any medical, dental and veterinary records to be transferred
  • Notify your children’s school and make arrangement for records
  • Collect any necessary legal records
  • Return things that you borrowed and collect items you loaned out
  • Movers typically don’t move plants; therefore, make special arrangements for your plants
  • Plan your meals and use up food in the freezer and pantry



1 Week Before Moving Day

  • Prepare appliances for moving. Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator
  • Service your automobiles
  • Set aside instruction manuals on the home for new owners
  • Pick up any dry cleaning or anything that is out for repair or service

1 Day Before Moving Day

  • Remove all valuables from your safety deposit box
  • Check on utility service at new address and arrange to have them on when you arrive
  • Ship or give away all perishable and frozen foods
  • Mark the boxes you need as soon as possible with ‘OPEN FIRST’
  • Leave mirrors and pictures on walls for movers to pack


  • Stay at your home until the movers have left
  • Take a final tour of the home/yard to make sure you have not forgotten anything
  • Carefully review the inventory sheet and bill of lading before you sign it
  • Confirm your drivers’ delivery address and date
  • Inform your neighbors that the house is empty
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Leave your keys and garage door openers with the new owners or your REALTOR™

Upon Arrival of Your New Home

  • Examine your furniture and possessions as they are unloaded. Open all boxes and make a note of any damage
  • For gas service, check pilot light on stove, hot water heater and furnace
  • Have your locks re-keyed
  • Locate your local post office and pick up any mail being held for you
  • Notify people of your new address
  • Contact your Motor Vehicle Branch for a change of address on your driver’s licence
  • Register your vehicles
  • Register your children into school
  • Collect emergency phone numbers and address of your nearest hospital
  • Transfer your insurance to a local agent

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