A helpful moving day checklist
Helpful Moving Hints

Take precautions to protect vulnerable surfaces such as hardwood or marble floors. Cover floors with moving pads or blankets. Remove doors where furniture might be a tight fit. You can protect carpet with ribbed, plastic runners.

Professional movers should have insurance for any damage they might accidentally cause. Friends and relatives will not. They are also unlikely to have the training and practiced skills of professional movers. If you are moving yourself, organize the schedule to avoid rushing and include rest breaks.

Below, we have provided you with a helpful moving checklist. Please take advantage of the list as it will ease your move into your home at a time when you will be so busy coordinating a series of other events for your possession:


Moving Preparation Checklist

  • Compare proposals of professional movers:
  • Costs for services such as packing and unpacking
  • Costs of packing materials and boxes
  • Distance and weight charges
  • Insurance
  • Availability and notice needed


Plan a self-move well in advance:

  • Make truck reservation early (4 – 6 weeks ahead of your desired move-in date)
  • Include a reservation for a dolly and moving pads
  • Make elevator reservation (2 – 4 weeks ahead of your possession date)
  • Reconfirm one week prior
  • If you have children, involve them in planning and preparing for the move
  • Create a file for storing documents about your home and your purchase documents
  • Retain receipts for tax purposes. Moving costs may be deductible
  • Send change-of-address cards to magazines and book clubs six weeks prior to your move
  • Give the forwarding order to your old post office one month prior to assure uninterrupted service
  • Register children in their new schools
  • Transfer medical and dental records, if necessary
  • Arrange for homeowner insurance and obtain the certificate you need for possession
  • Order cheques with new your address; update financial records
  • Update your driver’s license, car and other legal documents
  • Properly dispose of flammable or hazardous materials that should not be moved


Packing Materials

  • Boxes of various sizes; cartons for mattresses
  • Packing tape and heavy string
  • Packing paper, newspaper, bubble wrap
  • Labels to identify boxes (include a number, room/name); “Fragile” labels for special items
  • Markers
  • Master packing list (list each box by number with name/room and brief description of contents)
  • Scissors
  • Furniture pads, blankets, rugs


Moving Day Necessities

  • Children’s toys and games
  • Toilet paper
  • Beverages and snacks
  • Paper towels
  • Soap and hand towels
  • Trash bags
  • First aid kit
  • Pad and pen
  • Shelf liners
  • Small tools: Tape measure, scissors, screwdrivers, hammer
  • Phone and phone book


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