No matter how big or small your move is, simply thinking about all the things you need to prepare for moving day can be stressful. There are so many factors to consider for your move, such as insurance, boxes, moving company quotes, more boxes and moving that really heavy and expensive piano. That’s why we’re here to help you navigate around that stress and prepare you for the big day, or days.
Two Months before Your Move
You should start sorting out and removing items from the basement, attic, or any storage compartment in your house. Allocate the items which require special packaging or additional insurance coverage. Start doing research on moving company quotes and get an estimate in writing rather than over the phone. Keep a special folder for your moving documents, such as a list of all the items you’re moving, your estimates and your receipts. Contact IRS Revenue Canada on tax-deductible moving expenses. Whether this is a home or commercial move, take measurements of the new location and ensure that larger pieces of furniture can fit through the doors.
One Month before Your Move
Make sure you have contacted all utility companies of your change of address and arranged for insurance coverage of your new location. You can opt for a “service switch” with your utility companies. Make sure to fill out a change-of-address form at your local post office or on a government website so your mail will go to the new location. Alert credit card, bank and insurance companies of your move. If this is a commercial move, make sure to verify all expenses of your office and allocate responsibilities for your employees so they know what to do during moving day. Inquire about storage options from your moving company if there is furniture or belongings you do not need for the time being.
Two to Three Weeks before Your Move
Confirm with the moving company of the moving day their costs. Start packing items that you don’t use as often. Have the packing supplies ready (boxes, tape, labelling materials) for you to label and number each box of its contents and the specific room at the new location to which it belongs. If you live in an apartment or condominium building, make sure to schedule the use of elevators for that day.
One Week before Your Move
Make sure to clear out any food in the fridge that cannot be relocated and defrost your refrigerator. Disconnect all major appliances. Pack a carton of personal items that you will need on moving day. Make sure to confirm with your moving company the vehicle number that was on your confirmation.
It’s the big day! You would typically sign a bill of lading and inventory list and keep your own copy of those documents in your moving folder.
This handy checklist and timeline will assist you as reminder through the whole process and gives you a peace of mind. At the end, remember that it’s always better to be overly prepared than underprepared!