Here's a checklist to help you remember with whom you need change your address. A good trick is to note down all correspondence you receive the two months before you move and then notify all applicable senders. You can also visit the Canada Post website which provides an automatic mail tracking service.
- Friends and family
- School and daycare
- Insurance company
- Bank and credit card companies
- Driver's license & vehicle registration
- Car dealerships
- Revenue Canada and Revenu Québec
- Employer and union
- Clubs and associations
SERVICES TO CANCEL AND REACTIVATE (if applicable)
- Gas and oil
Ideally, you should pack up cabinets and less used areas (spare room, shed, closets, etc.) one month before moving and pack everyday objects one to two weeks ahead. Greatly simplify life on moving day by numbering your boxes or marking the name of the room where the boxes will go.
Here's a checklist and time line for this inevitable step in you real estate transaction.
First items to pack:
- Seasonal clothing
- Sports equipment
- Photo albums and rarely used files
- Books, magazines, and CDs
- Christmas decorations
- The garage
- Tools and paint
- Formal dinnerware (silverware, crystal, etc.)
- Kitchen shelves storing rarely used items
- Extra sheets, blankets, and pillows
- Frames, decorations, and everything on the walls
- Non-perishable foods, spices, and kitchen items not used on a daily basis
- Dishes. Keep some dishes out or buy disposable plates.
- Medicine cabinet. But keep a small toiletry kit with the essentials.
- Clothes, except those you will be using for the next few days
- Disassemble the grill and lawnmower
- Ceiling lamps
- Sound system
- Only keep what's essential
At the last minute:
- Computer, jewellery, and important papers. Set aside objects you will be taking with you on moving day.
- Curtains and shades (if not included)
- Floor lamps
- Household and electrical appliances such as the microwave, TV, portable stereo, etc.
- Wastebaskets and recycling bins
- Cleaning items (broom, mop etc.)
- Disassemble tables, desks, and other furniture (keep screws and accessories in separate resealable bags labelled with the furniture they belong to)
- Clean appliances (defrost the freezer the night before the move)
- Seal dresser drawers
- Seal dresser drawers
- Balcony chairs
The Big Day, things to remember:
- Bottled water
- Food for people helping with the move
- A package of paper towels
- A roll of toilet paper
- Small first aid kit
- A few toys for the children
- Ask someone to take care of your pets if possible
- Transfer the property keys