1. Create a Moving Plan.
It is essential to create a plan when moving, especially in Canada where the process requires more organization and detail than in other places. First, determine the date of the move and plan out tasks accordingly. This should include creating a budget for all associated costs, such as hiring a professional mover or storage unit.
2. Research Movers.
Research professional movers and get at least three quotes from different companies. Make sure the company is properly licensed, insured, and bonded for your protection. Ask questions to ensure they understand all of your needs and requirements before signing anything.
3. Notify Services & Utilities.
Before packing up, make sure to contact any services that are connected to your current home or address in advance, such as your cable provider or local utility company (electricity, water). This will help you avoid any unnecessary fees or charges associated with the move-out process.
4. Hire Professional Packers.
If you want an easier move, consider hiring a professional packing service. This can save you time and energy as they will pack up all of your items quickly and safely.
5. Purge Unwanted Items.
Before packing, go through all of your belongings and decide what to get rid of. This is the perfect opportunity to declutter, donate unwanted items, or sell them online.
6. Begin Packing Non-Essentials.
Start packing smaller non-essential items first such as decorations, books, kitchen appliances/dishes, office supplies, etc. Label each box clearly with its contents for easier unpacking at the new home. Also make sure to keep a list of its contents in a separate notebook for easy reference later on during the move.
7. Reserve Parking Areas Ahead Of Time.
If you’re moving with a truck, ensure that you reserve any parking areas ahead of time as it can prove to be difficult to find a good spot on the day of the move. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time when arriving at your destination so you don’t have to rush.
8. Label Boxes Clearly & Accurately.
Label each box clearly with its contents and the room they belong in for easier unpacking at the new home. Also, make sure to keep a list of its contents in a separate notebook for easy reference later on during the move.
9. Pack an ‘Open First’ Bag.
To make your life easier, pack an ‘open first’ bag with all of the essential items that you will need on the night or day of the move. This should include toiletries, a change of clothes, snacks, water and medications.
10. Arrange Transportation For Your Pets.
If you are moving with pets, make sure to arrange transportation for them ahead of time as it can be stressful for them. Consider asking family/friends or hiring pet transport services to help with this task.
11. Transfer Insurance Policies.
Before leaving your current home, don’t forget to transfer insurance policies such as homeowners insurance to the new address. This is important for your protection and peace of mind.
12. Set Up Mail Forwarding.
Once you know the date of your move, contact Canada Post to set up mail forwarding services so that all important documents and packages reach your new home.
13. Disconnect Appliances & Electronics.
Disconnect all electronic and large appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, and TVs to prepare them for the move. Consider hiring an electrician or professional mover to do this task if needed.
14. Book Hotel or Air BnB For Move Day.
If you are moving far away and will be unable to stay at your new home the day of the move, book a hotel or Air BnB in advance so you have somewhere comfortable to rest
15. Take Inventory of Your Possessions.
Take inventory of all of your possessions before and after the move to ensure that none are lost or damaged during transport. This can also help when filing a claim if needed.
16. Set Up Utilities and Services at New Home.
Before moving into your new home, make sure to set up essential services such as electricity, water, and internet ahead of time. This will help you avoid any unnecessary fees or charges associated with the move-in process.
17. Clean & Prepare Current Home For Move Out Day.
On move-out day, make sure to give your current home one last cleaning. This includes deep-cleaning carpets and floors, windows, countertops, bathrooms, etc. Make sure that all unnecessary items are removed from the premises so you don’t have to worry about them later on.