Two Months Before
Sort and purge
- Go through every room of your house and decide what you’d like to keep and what you can get rid of. Think about whether any items will require special packing or extra insurance coverage.
- Start investigating moving company options. Do not rely on a quote over the phone; request an on-site estimate. Get an estimate in writing from each company.
Create a moving binder
- Use this binder to keep track of everything – all your estimates, your receipts, and an inventory of all the items you’re moving.
Organize school records
- Go to your children’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school district.
Six Weeks Before
- Order boxes and other supplies such as tape, bubble wrap, and permanent markers. Don’t forget to order speciality containers, such as dish barrels or wardrobe boxes.
Use it or lose it
- Start using up things that you don’t want to move, like frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies.
- Check room dimensions at your new home, if possible, and make sure larger pieces of furniture will fit through the door.
One Month Before
Book your mover and confirm the arrangements
- Select a company and get written confirmation of your moving date, costs, and other details.
- Start packing the things that you use most infrequently, such as the Christmas decorations and off-season clothing. While packing, note items of special vale that might require additional insurance from your moving company. Make sure to declare, in writing, any items valued over $100 per pound such as a computer.
- Clearly label and number each box with its content and the room it’s destined for. This will help you to keep an inventory of your belongings. Pack and label “essentials” boxes of items you’ll need right away.
- Add items such as jewelry and important files to a safe box that you’ll personally transport to your new home. Make sure to put the mover’s estimate in this box. You’ll need it for reference on moving day.
Do a change of address –canadapost.ca
- Go to your local post office and fill out a change of address form, or do it online at canadapost.ca. In case there are stragglers, it’s always wise to ask a close neighbour to look out for mail after you’ve moved. Check in with them two weeks after the move, and again two weeks after that.
Notify important parties
- Alert the following of your move: banks, brokerage firms, doctor, dentist, other health professionals, employer, credit cards, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, insurance, and utilities companies.
Two weeks before
Arrange to be off work on moving day
- Notify your office that you plan to supervise the move and therefore need the day off.
Clean out your safe-deposit box
- If you’ll be changing banks, remove the contents of your safe-deposit box and put them in the safe box that you’ll take with you on moving day.
Contact the moving company
- Reconfirm the arrangements.
Transfer Your Utilities
- Contact the customer service departments of the gas, electric, phone and cable companies at least 2 weeks prior to the move. Arrange to have the utility services up and running at your new residence at least a day before you move in. Here are links to the most common Victoria, BC utility and service companies:
- TIP: Have your utility company (hydro, gas, water) do a final reading of the gas, electric and water meters. Make sure to get and keep a copy of your bill or report.
- TIP: Pay any outstanding bills, but also collect any refunds or utility deposits.
One Week Before
Pack your bags
- Finish your general packing a few days before your moving date. Then pack suitcases for everyone in the family with enough clothes to wear for a few days.
A Few Days Before
Defrost the Freezer
- If your refrigerator is moving with you, make sure to empty, clean and defrost it at least 24 hours before moving day.
Double-check the details
- Reconfirm the moving company’s arrival time and other specifics and make sure you have prepared exact, written directions to your new home for the moving team. Include contact information, such as your cell number
Plan for the payment
- If you haven’t already arranged to pay your mover with a credit card, get a money order, cashier’s cheque, or cash for payment and tip. If the staff has done a good job, 10 to 15 percent of the total fee is a good tip. If your move was especially difficult, you might tip each mover up to $100. Don’t forget that refreshments are always appreciated.
- Make sure that the moving truck that shows up is from the company you hired.
- Before the movers leave, sign the bill of lading/inventory list and keep a copy.
Garbage, Compost and Recycling Bins
- You will need to pick up new blue boxes & recycling bins after you move in, if they are not at your new house. Depending on whether you are in Victoria, Oak Bay or other CRD neighbourhood, the information can be found online. You will need proof of residency in your new neighbourhood.
Changing your ID
- You are able to change your address on your driver’s license and heath card online, click on the following link to get started: Change Address Online.
Other places to Change your Address
The list of businesses, friends and families is endless when it comes to changing your address. Here are a few that come to mind:
- Family Doctor
- Banking Institutions
- Insurance Companies
- Credit Card companies
- Cell Phone Providers
- Place of Employment
- Fitness Clubs
If you love making lists and want to keep your moving notes organized, click here to download and print my handy “Let’s Move” checklist notepad sheets