A) More Than a Month Before the Move
- If you are moving into (or out of) a high-rise apartment, contact the property manager to book the use of the moving elevator. A security deposit is often required.
- Start a moving expenses book. Some of your expenses may be tax deductible, so be sure to save the receipts and consult your accountant.
- Get written estimates from at least two moving companies and make sure the movers know all the items which are to be included. Do not include jewellery or other small valuables which you should move yourself.
- Movers’ Insurance is usually minimal. Check that the movers’ insurance will pay replacement cost of goods which are lost. You may need to purchase additional coverage. Notify your own insurance company of the move and ask for the policy to be reviewed.
- If furniture is to be stored, what does the insurance policy cover?
- Get a written commitment from the moving company confirming the date of the move and the time of arrival.
- Ask for references from movers.
- Don’t be misled by rates – inquire about additional charges and methods used (especially if the moving might extend beyond 5 p.m.)
- Contact provincial health insurance authorities for the province you are moving out of, and the one that you are moving into. If it is within the same province, notify them of your change of address.
- Contact Savings Branch Manager. Arrange for the transfer of all accounts, personal loans, etc., if required.
- Order cheques for new address.
- Register your change of address with the post office and obtain a supply of change of address cards.
- Begin mailing change of address cards. Keep a list of cards sent. Don’t forget to notify all credit card companies.
- Gather together all important documents. Don’t forget the pet’s documents.
- Resign from any clubs or organizations that are not active in your new community.
- Cancel newspaper subscriptions or change delivery address.
- As you pack, consider numbering all cartons and noting their room destination (e.g. kitchen).