Begin an inventory of all household goods. Divide this inventory into three separate categories: items to be handled by the mover, items to be handled by yourself, and items to be left behind.
Solicit estimates from several moving companies.
Contact your insurance agent, and ask them about your homeowners policy to determine whether your possessions are covered when moving. Also have them transfer property, fire, auto, medical and other insurance. Inquire about changes that you may occur in your insurance when moving.
Establish a 'move file' for all moving papers and receipts. Check with Revenue Canada about tax deductions on moving expenses.
Arrange to transfer child(ren)'s school records.
Choose a mover. Discuss costs, packing, timing, and insurance.
6 WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE
Begin search for good health-care professionals in your new location.
Fill out post-office change of address cards.
Send your new address to anyone that might need it -- insurance agents, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions, friends, relatives, etc.
Contact any clubs or organizations you are associated with for information on transferring, or ending your membership.
Clean out closets and dispose of all items that you will not be taking with you.
Hold a moving/garage sale or donate items to charities. Arrange for disposal of items not sold or donated.
Start becoming acclimated to your new community. Familiarize yourself with your new shopping districts, hardware store, location of hospital, police and fire department. Buy a map. Collect information about the community, parks and recreation, and community activities/events.
Start including your children in the process. Make it exciting and fun for them. Let them do some of their own packing and labeling.
Register your children in their new schools.
4 WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE
For self-moves, reserve a truck or trailer. Obtain necessary moving supplies: boxes, twine, labels, etc.
If your mover is doing the packing, arrange for it to be done one or two days before loading begins.
Send furniture, drapes and carpets for repair or cleaning as needed.
Begin to use up overstocks of staple foods.
If no longer required, cancel local deliveries.
Gather valuable personal papers that you may need at your destination location, including medical and dental records, school records, birth certificates, etc. Be sure to include prescriptions, eyeglass specifications and vaccination records.
Some items, like stock certificates, wills, jewelry, pictures, and other one-of-a-kind possessions should not be packed. Instead plan to carry them with you. Make sure they don't get mixed up with other items that are packed.
If you have pets, determine if there are any specific requirements for pet ownership in your new home/building. Obtain and transfer veterinarian records.
If you are moving over a long distance, make travel plans and arrange any motel or other reservations.
If necessary, reserve apartment elevator for pickup and/or delivery dates.
Contact your moving company to schedule your move date. It is easier to make a change now than to reschedule at the last minute. Check with mover about moving house plants. (Some movers will not move plants.)
3 WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE
Arrange to have utilities (gas, electric, phone, cable, water, etc.) disconnected in your present home, and connected at your new home. Make sure to arrange connecting in your new home before you move in; arrange disconnecting from your present home after your scheduled move-out.
Ready car registration for transfer.
Notify Motor Vehicle Bureau of your new address.
Arrange for child care on moving day. Keep your children occupied and preferably out of the way during the busy loading and unloading process.
Arrange forwarding of your addressed mail to your new home. When submitting your request at your local Post Office, present two pieces of acceptable identification (photo ID).
2 WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE
Dispose of all items too dangerous to move, including flammable liquids.
Drain all the oil and gasoline from your lawn mower and power tools to ensure safe transportation. Refer to your owner's manual for specific instructions.
If necessary, have your automobile serviced and ready for the trip.
Return library books and anything else you have borrowed. Collect all items that are being cleaned, stored, or repaired.
Clean and clear your house, including closets, basements, attics, and garage.
Plan meals that will use up the food left in your freezer.
1 WEEK BEFORE YOU MOVE
Transfer all bank accounts.
Withdraw items and close safety deposit boxes.
Buy traveler's checks.
Make arrangements to pay for your move.
Cancel newspaper delivery.
Have enough medication to last at least two weeks. Have prescriptions forwarded to a pharmacy at your new destination.
Your moving company should have provided you with various labels for your goods. Take special care to label appropriately ("DO NOT LOAD", "LOAD FIRST", "LOAD LAST", "FRAGILE", etc.
2 DAYS BEFORE YOU MOVE
Have mover pack your goods (unless doing it yourself).
Defrost and dry refrigerators and freezers to be moved.
Make sure you have set aside valuable items to carry with you, including jewelry, vital documents, and money.
Prepare a "Trip Kit" for moving day. This kit can contain items such as snacks, beverages and games for the kids to keep them occupied during the move. If you are stopping overnight, do not forget items such as toothbrushes and other essentials.
Be on hand to answer questions and give directions to movers and stay until they are finished.
Accompany driver for inventory of your household goods.
Complete information on bill of lading and carefully read the document before you sign it.
Make sure you have your copies of the bill of lading and inventory.
Keep the bill of lading until your possessions are delivered, the charges are paid, and any claims are settled.
Before the van leaves, take one final look through the house to make certain nothing has been left behind.
Give the driver directions to your new home.
Notify the driver and the van line where you can be reached during the move.
Be on hand to answer any questions and give directions.
You must pay the driver before your goods can be unloaded, if so arranged.
Supervise unloading and unpacking.
Put signs on doors of rooms ("ROOM #1", "ROOM #2) corresponding with labels on boxes.
Check carefully for any damaged or missing items.
Note on the inventory any damaged boxes or obvious damage to unboxed items before you sign anything.