A Little Planning Helps Lighten the Load On Moving Day

Your offer to purchase has been finalized and now you're ready to start packing! There are a lot of things to do between now and moving day, but if you approach the job methodically, everything should go smoothly on the big day.

Leading Up to Moving Day

• Contact a reputable moving company and go over all details, such as costs and availability.
• Contact your lawyer and confirm where and when your keys are being picked up.
• Arrange insurance for your new home.
• Take inventory of your belongings before they're packed, in the event they get lost and you need to file an insurance claim later.
• Start using up food items so that there is less to pack and so that nothing spoils/perishes.

• Register your children at their new schools and arrange for necessary day-care.
• Locate all hospitals, police stations, veterinarian, fire stations and any other amenities in your new neighbourhood.
• Familiarize yourself with street parking by-laws in your new neighbourhood.
• Ensure your hydro, phone, cable and gas utilities are ordered or transferred.
• Fill out a change of address card for the post office and inform your family and friends about your new address and phone number.

• Inform all credit card companies, newspaper and magazine deliveries of your new address.
• Renew your driver's license and auto registration with your new address.

On Moving Day

• Double-check all closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to ensure that they are empty.
• Carry all important documents, money and jewelry. Don't leave this task for the mover.
• Pack toys, games or special items for the kids to keep them busy during the move.
• Pack a separate box of basics you'll need on move-in day, such as tools, paper products, household cleaners, etc.
• Don't pack paint, bottles of bleach, gas cans or other flammable items. It is against the law for movers to transport flammable and combustible materials.
• Use strong boxes and containers that can be secured tightly. Purchase special boxes for dishes, wardrobe and other special items.
• Pack audio-video equipment in their original boxes. Label cables and tape all screws to the body of the equipment.
• Avoid loading more than 50 lbs. into one box.
• Label each box and indicate the following: (a) Which room it should go in (b) Whether or not it is fragile (c) If it should be loaded last, so it will be unloaded first.
• Cushion contents with packing material such as bubble wrap, newspaper or tissue. Save room by using towels and blankets to wrap fragile items.
• Pack books tightly on end in small boxes. If musty smelling, sprinkle talcum powder between the pages and wrap the books before packing. Leave stored for a couple of months to eliminate the odor.
• Have rugs and draperies cleaned prior to moving and leave them in wrappings for the move.
• Pack any/all medication in a leak-proof container.