September 16, 2010One to two months before moving
• Have a garage sale.
• Fill out change of address forms.
• Make any necessary travel arrangements.
• Transfer memberships in churches, clubs and civic organizations.
• Obtain medical and dental records, x-rays and prescription histories.
• Ask doctor and dentist for referrals and transfer prescriptions.
• Decide how you are going pay for your move; credit card, cash, certified cheque.
• Check into the laws and requirements of your new city regarding home-based businesses, business licenses and any special laws that might be applicable to you.
• Take inventory of your belongings before they’re packed, in the event you need to make an insurance claim later.
• If possible, take pictures or video tape your belongings.
• Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.
• Make arrangements for transporting pets.
• Start using up food items, so that there is less left to pack and possibly spoil.
Two to four weeks before moving
• Switch utility services to new address.
• Inform electric, disposal, water, newspaper, magazine subscription, telephone and cable companies of your move.
• Arrange for help on moving day.
• Have another garage sale.
• Confirm travel reservations.
• Reserve elevator if moving from an apartment.
• Have appliances serviced for moving (speak to your Moving Consultant).
• Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving.
• Plan ahead for special needs of infants.
• Collect valuables from safe-deposit box.
• Make copies of any important documents before mailing or hand carry them to your new address.
• Defrost freezer and refrigerator. Place deodorizer inside to control odours.
• Give a close friend or relative your travel route and schedule so you may be reached if needed.
Basic Packing Tips
Get everything together – assemble the equipment, various size cartons, cushioning newspaper, white newsprint, tissue paper, sealing tape, scissors, pack labels and a felt marker.
Some home packers prefer the kitchen as a convenient place to work. Some prefer the dining room area, covering the dining room table with a blanket for protection and using a card table to hold the items to be packed. It can work like an assembly line. Pack as much as you can in one room before going on to the next. If you have plenty of time and want to pack over a number of days, set up a work area in a spare room for packing. You can make the decision as to which way is better for you. Organization is the key.
We suggest you begin by packing the out of season items. Next, the little used equipment, and last, the things that will be used until the very last minute - soap, towels, toilet articles, facial tissue, etc. This last box can also be filled with things you will need immediately upon arrival at your new residence – bed linens, instant coffee instant cream, sugar, cans of soup, crackers, can opener, kettle, a small pan, paper plates and cups, plastic spoons, paper towels, first aid it, hammer, screwdriver, light bulb, fuses, scotch tape, and a few necessities.
Place like items within a carton and keep all parts or pairs of things together. Put curtain rod hardware, screws and bolts and other small parts in a plastic bag and tape or tie it to the article or ask your representative for a special set-up carton. Packed cartons when filled should be easy to carry and not exceed fifty (50) pounds in weight. Tops of cartons should close flat. Be sure to fill the box to the top to prevent crushing during transit.
• Double check closets, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty.
• Carry important documents, currency and jewellery yourself.
• Ensure movers have all your destination details; exchange phone numbers & email addresses etc.
• Before you leave town, contact the moving company and ask for the final “Weight & Charges”.
After arriving at your new home
• Renew your driver’s license and auto registration.
• Contact the Destination Agent to get an update as to where the driver is and confirm delivery date.
• Shop around for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage.
• Revise your will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees.
• Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home.
Information courtesy of AMJ Campbell