Moving homes is stressful but you can make it easier by using this my prep & pack list. Start by…
Arranging for movers, see if you can get referrals from friends otherwise you will have to research companies (try to get three estimates). Once you decide on a company make sure to get everything in writing as to what is included, if it’s not included add to your to do list.
If you are doing it yourself, start collecting packing supplies, newspaper is free, and you can use your kitchen, bathroom, and bed linens as wraps for breakables. Bubble wrap, markers and packing tape will be useful. Make sure boxes are not too big otherwise they will be too heavy to move. As soon as a box is full tape it and mark on the outside which room it’s going into. Don’t label contents of boxes i.e. silver, as they might be stolen. Take any personal items like jewellery with you on the day of the move. If you have your own vehicle pack two small boxes with some snacks and drinks and another with essentials such as light bulbs, toilet paper scissors and coffee, otherwise label the boxes, open me first in the kitchen.
One room at a time, sort through your entire possessions put aside keepers/donations/yard sale (if you want to have one) and garbage. As soon as you are finished bag/box up all donations/yard sale and garbage and move or take to the appropriate place. As soon as it’s gone it’s out of your way and one less thing to think about.
Don’t forget to contact the following for change of address and disconnect/final bill payment as well as hook up in your new home:
Employer, Family and Friends, Utility Companies, Gas, Electric, Phone, Hydro. City Hall for Taxes. Cable or satellite, Cell Phone, Canada Post, Revenue Canada, Bank(s), Insurance, Credit Card Companies, Motor Vehicle Licensing/Registration, Subscriptions, Newspapers and Magazines, Healthcare, Schools, Memberships and your Lawyer, & anyone else that needs to know.
Transfer records if applicable. Don’t forget to clean as you go. Organise child or pet care.
Find out if there is a local takeaway or pizza delivery for the first night, you will be glad that you don’t have to cook. Have enough cash to cover incidentals and tipping on moving day. Enjoy your new home.