Plan Ahead 3 Week Checklist Before Moving Day

Planning Checklist: Three Weeks until Moving Day

More than 14 days before moving

Get boxes and moving supplies. Arrange phone service at your new home.
Take unwanted items to charity and/or dump. Set up mail-forward with Canada Post.
Dispose of household chemicals properly (old paint, caustic cleaners, etc.). Take these to the local Toxic Waste Centre. Arrange the return of any cable TV equipment.
Arrange (new policy or to transfer existing policy) for contents and tenant liability insurance.
Complete necessary change of address forms:
If necessary, do the following:
Drivers’ license, Health cards, Insurance Make travel arrangements and reservations.
Employer, Doctor, Dentist Arrange transfer of car insurance & license plates.
Magazine subscriptions and other mailings Notify kids’ schools, transfer records.
Memberships Register at new school.
Bank accounts, credit cards, and tax office
(Canada Customs and Revenue Agency)
Get copies of medical and dental records; if you have pets, get copies of veterinary records.

8 to 14 days before moving

Return borrowed items. Arrange connection of utilities at new place.
Retrieve loaned items Arrange disconnection of utilities at old place.
arrange for major applicances to be moved. Dispose of all flammable materials.

2 to 7 days before moving

Determine what you can bring with you if travelling by car, plane, train, or bus. Pack a suitcase with the clothes and toiletries that you’ll need the first day in your new home.
Prepare “installed items” that you’re bringing
(TV antenna or shelves*).
Pack a special box with other essentials you’ll need for the first few days and marks this box “Do Not Move”.

The day before moving

Take down curtains and curtain rods. Pack your personal belongings, except your alarm clock, necessary clothes, jewellry and bedding
Empty, defrost and clean refrigerator; clean the stove.

Moving day

Keep paperwork accessible. Collect all keys; keep them in a safe place.
Strip and dismantle beds. Clean premises that you are leaving, inspect with the landlord.
Final walk-through: check all closets and cabinets If using a moving company, confirm the new address and delivery time with the driver.
If using a moving company, walk about with supervisor and sign inventory forms. Know how to reach your new landlord or superintendent.

*Note: Ensure your lease permits the items that you plan to install in a new place. Some leases may not permit the installation of shelving screwed into walls or TV antennas.

Be sure to give proper notice; see the Provincial Fact Sheets for information on the notice required.