Moving Checklist

To make your move easy....                                           

Before You Move:

  • Notify the Post Office - fill out change-of-address cards (or on-line) with a new address.
  • Mail change-of-address cards to any subscriptions you may have.
  • Notify charge account and credit card companies.
  • Notify banks - transfer funds including chequing accounts.
  • Notify property insurance company and give them enough time.
  • Inform service and utility companies (water, gas electricity, fuel, telephone, cable television, internet service provider) of the date you will be leaving. Arrange for any refunds, deposits or credits.  
  • Inform new utility and service companies of the address and date to start services.

- Bell Canada 416-310-2355
- Rogers Cable 1-888-764-3771
- Hydro One 1-888-664-9376
- Enbridge Consumers Gas 416-492-5100 or 1-888-492-5100
- Water 416-338-4829

  • Inform deliveries and home services - newspaper, diaper service, lawn care, etc.
  • Health information - ask doctors and dentists for referrals. (Check sources as to whether it's better to transfer medical records, prescriptions, and birth records before or after moving).
  • Transfer memberships to church and civic organizations. Ask for letters of introduction.
  • Obtain your pet's medical records from vet. Find out about transferring licenses and records.
  • Refer to moving company web sites for helpful packing tips.

When You Move:

  • Leave old house keys with your lawyer.
  • Set aside jewellery, records, important family and financial documents, precious family photos and any other items that you should personally carry with you.
  • Arrange to have sufficient cash and/or travellers cheques to cover expenses until you are in your new home.
  • Arrange for transportation of pets if you are not taking them with you in the car.
  • Movers suggest you pack sheets and towels in a dresser to avoid a fustrating search through boxes the first night in your new home.
  • Double check rooms, closets, drawers, shelves, outdoor areas and garage to make sure you have taken everything.
  • Pack clothing you will need for the drive, toys for the kids, books, and anything else that you want to take with you or that you do not want to go with the movers.
  • Take your current telephone book with you so that you can easily phone your hometown after you move.
  • Give your new phone number and an alternate contact number to your mover before they leave.
  • Map out your travel route including scheduled overnight stops and give a copy to a friend or relative.

Day Before The Move:

  • The packing crew usually arrives the day before the van is loaded. Be sure someone is on site to supervise the packing.
  • Pack all valuables that you want to take with you.
  • Make sure fragile items receive special attention. Label each carton with the contents and location in the new home.
  • Gather keys to the house and arrange to leave them with the new owners, your real estate agent, landlord or a trusted neighbour.
  • Notify a close friend or relative of your itinerary in case of an emergency.

Day Of Move-Out:

  • Check the movers inventory to be sure you agree with the movers judgment on the condition of your household goods. Take photographs if there is a dispute.
  • Make sure you get a copy of the inventory.
  • Load items you are taking with you on the trip, including luggage.
  • Search every room before the van leaves.
  • Check the Bill-of-Lading for completeness before you sign it. Retain a copy for your records.
  • Record the van drivers name and give him contact numbers at the destination.
  • Confirm directions to the new residence with your driver.
  • Turn off the water heater. Set the thermostat at 15 degrees.

Day Of Move-In:

  • Arrive at your new home before the movers in order to avoid any waiting charges in the event that you are late.
  • Contact utility companies to verify start dates.
  • Check appliances, furnace and hot-water heater. Contact a repair service if something is not working.
  • Check the condition of each carton and household item, as it is unloaded. List all missing or damaged items on the inventory form.
  • Since you will probably do some unpacking after the movers leave, make a note on the inventory form "subject to inspection for loss or concealed damage."
  • Ask the Canada Post carrier whether any mail has been held for your arrival.

In Your New Home:

  • Ensure that utility services are on and in working order: telephone, gas, electricity and water.
  • Turn on the pilot light on the stove, hot water heater, and furnace.
  • Ensure all appliances are working (refrigerator, freezer, washer and dryer, etc.).
  • Contact Post Office to see if they are holding any mail for you.
  • Register your car and complete a change-of-address form for your driver's license once you have move in.
  • Register your children in school.
  • Contact city/municipal offices to find out about garbage pick-up, recycliing facilities and local regulations and information.