Moving Checklist

Integrity Movers BC - Moving Checklist

Your Ultimate Moving Checklist

A Moving Checklist well prepared in advance will eliminate a lot of stress. Prepare a moving checklist as soon as you know when you will be moving. Once you've made your checklist be sure to follow it and make sure it includes a packing schedule, pre-moving tasks and moving day tasks.

5 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Choose us as your moving company. Call us for an estimate and to make your booking.
  • Hold a Garage Sale.
  • Make a list of unwanted goods for your garage sale.
  • Prepare an area to hold all unwanted items.
  • Start a central file for your move documents.
  • Unwanted clothing, books, kitchen ware can be good for a garage sale.

4 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Complete a change of address form from the Post Office.
  • Enlist the help of reliable friends and/or relatives.
  • If you are moving a piano, please let us know. Make sure you have your piano tuned by a professional after the move.
  • If you are moving from or into an apartment building, please reserve the elevator for your moving day.
  • If you have items you do not want to dispose of, organize a garage sale or bring your items to your local goodwill depot.
  • Obtain medical records, dental records and prescription information.
  • Obtain school records.
  • Start collecting newspapers and boxes for packing.
  • Start packing items that will not be used before the move.

2 Weeks Before Your Move

  • Establish cut off dates for phone, electricity, gas and water.
  • Have one more Garage Sale!
  • Keep packing items you no longer need before the move.
  • Moving can be very traumatic for pets; make travel arrangements for your pets or arrange to have someone look after them from the day before the move to the day after.
  • Organise child care for the day of the move if necessary.
  • Start using any frozen food and perishable goods.
  • Take pictures or videos of your belongings and record serial numbers of important items.

The week of the move

  • Empty fuel from mowers, clippers, trimmers, gas cylinders and so on.
  • Get rid of flammables like paint, petrol, used paint brushes, etc.
  • Packing should be done with the exception of essential items.
  • Return library books or rented movies.
  • Start running down freezer stock.
  • Use or dispose of any food items you will not be taking with you.

The day before the move

  • Defrost your freezer, empty and clean out your refrigerator.
  • Do your last load of laundry.
  • Make sure you have a good night sleep before the move.
  • Make sure you have your important documents and phone number with you.
  • Make sure you have sheets and pillowcases for your first night sleep at your new home!
  • Pack the essentials for when you arrive at your new home. Essentials include: cups, cutlery, food and snacks, garbage bags, paper plates, towels, soap, toilet paper, etc.

Moving Day

  • Be sure to drop off keys belonging to the real estate agent or landlord.
  • Check the post office mailbox one last time.
  • Check to make sure no items are left behind outside your home. This include your clothing line, garbage bins, etc.
  • Check to make sure no items are left behind inside your home. This include your cupboards,bathroom cabinets, garage, etc.
  • Make sure the electricity, gas and water meters have been read.
  • Make sure the telephone and TV cable and Internet services have been disconnected.
  • Make sure all water taps are turned off tightly including the ones outside.
  • Make sure you have your keys for your new home are with you.
  • Make sure you have your medication with you.
  • Put out the garbage and recycling bins if applicable.
  • Take time to say Goodbye to your old home and your friendly neighbours!

After the Move

  • Welcome Home!
  • Make sure you unpack your belongings as soon as possible so you can feel at home again.
  • Make sure you contact your moving company to say "Thank You" for making your move a pleasant experience.
  • Now, it's time to celebrate - so have a house warming party!