The Ultimate Moving Checklist

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group Ottawa

When it comes to moving, having a checklist makes all the difference between ultimate success and ultimate caos. Even if you’re already a super hero organizer, you might still feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks you have to complete before moving day.

Here’s a moving checklist that will keep you on track.  It will help you organize your time, prioritize your tasks and reduce some of the moving stress. There'll be so much going on that is you use this checklist you shouldn't forget anything important. 

  1. INVENTORY: Before getting started you need to know what you got. Take inventory of all of your belongings. Go through everything and sort by importance first. The less important things that you can go without for a while...start packing these items first.
  2. ORGANIZE: It will get very overwhelming fast. Take your time and create a good filing system for all of the important documents. Make sure they are securely packed and labeled important. If you are fearful of the box(s) drawing too much attention, use a 'code' word. Be sure to keep all receipts from moving too.
  3. DECLUTTER: It is always a good idea to declutter before selling your home but also before you move. This is a great time to donate or get rid of any unwanted items that you no longer need.
  4. When looking for a moving company be sure to do research fully to find a trusted moving company. There have been plenty of horror stories about moving companies, some real estate agents choose to stay away from referring any companies specifically. Be sure to do your own due diligence.
  5. PACKING FOR THE BIG MOVE HACK: When packing small items, you'll find that they will quickly take up more space than you expect. Fill larger items like a crockpot with small things like spices or even medication to better utilize the space.
  6. You will need plenty of packing supplies. Stock up on all of the needed packing material so everything packed well and securely. 
  7. DOCTOR: Over the years you may have grown to have a relationship with your family doctor. Ask for a possible referral to a new doctor your new hometown. Even use Facebook groups for recommendations.
  8. YARD SALE: After you have purged through your stuff. Have a large yard sale to get rid of unwanted things. You can use part of the money you make for a few dinners you may need order in. Be sure to donate any items that don't sell.
  9. LABEL EVERYTHING: While packing everything into boxes, be sure to label the boxes first so it will be easy to pack as you find things to fill them and to locate once you have moved. A great moving tip is to colour coordinate labels so they can be easily spotted when the movers bring them into your new home.
  10. SCHOOLS: Contact kids current school and gather any school documents that will be needed for the new school. Don't forget the bus company too. Make sure they don't come to pick up your kids after you've moved at the wrong house.
  11. FOOD & DRINKS: Start cleaning out the pantry and the refrigerator Also, start cutting back on groceries as well. The last thing you want is to throw out a bunch of food that won't last.
  12. ANTIQUES: Have valuables and antiques appraised just in case any accidents occur during the move. Check with your insurance provider to see if they cover accidents during a move.
  13. MECHANIC: If you're moving to a new neighbourhood or city, it's a good idea to research a good car mechanic in your new area. You never know when you vehicle will need servicing. Have your car serviced before you move to a new city.
  14. The dreaded HOME INSURANCE: If you're moving to a totally new area or province, you will may have to find a new insurance company. Many homeowners bundle all their coverage with the same company to get better rates. Find a local insurance company in your new home area to start shopping great rates.
  15. ONLINE ACCOUNTS: Be sure to update the contact information for online accounts. Things like billing, banking, retirement accounts, and anything else of importance so it will be mailed to the new address. Also, update e-commerce sites that you use frequently so they don't accidentally ship to the old address.
  16. GOVERNMENT: Notify places like the MTO, Passport Office and Revenue Canada of your change of address.
  17. VETERINARY: If you have pets, gather any information needed to transfer veterinary records to your new pet doctor. Ask for a referral to a new veterinary as well if you don't have one.
  18. POST OFFICE: Submit for a change of address at the post office so mail is sent to the new house.
  19. BANKING: Depending if you are changing banks, remember to give them your change of address. You may want to find a more local branch too.
  20. HAZARDOUS ITEMS: Properly dispose of hazardous items that you will not be taking with you. Used oil, gas, paint, etc...
  21. CLEANING SUPPLIES: Don't pack up your cleaning supplies so you can properly clean the house after all packing and moving is done. Also, take these items with you just in case you need to spot clean the new house.
  22. COMPUTER FILES: Consider backing up all important files on your computer and pictures too. Store on a portable hard drive. Don't forget to take pictures of the move too.
  23. PRESCRIPTIONS: Depending on if any family members are taking any medication, it is a good idea to let your Pharmacy know your moving. If you are moving a distance from your current Pharmacy, have your med's transferred to one local to your new area.
  24. JEWELRY: Pack away jewelry and any other valuables separate to be taken with you personally on moving day.
  25. UTILITIES: Schedule the disconnect date for all of your utilities. If unsure, ask your real estate agent. Usually set the disconnect or transfer for the day after closing. Also, call and schedule to have the utilities for the new home transferred over to your name when you expect to close.
  26. PACKING TIP: Moving is hard work and can be exhausting. Especially the heavy lifting. Consider packing heavy things like books in a suitcase with wheels to make for easier hauling in and out of the house.
  27. REFRIGERATOR: Unplug the refrigerator two or three days before moving so it can fully defrost. Once it is fully defrosted, clean the inside and outside of the fridge, stove and microwave.
  28. TV MOUNT: Today a lot of homeowners mount their TV's to the wall. Before removing the mounting hardware, ask your real estate. It might have to stay since it is attached to the property.
  29. WALK THRU: You've made it! Congratulations!! Walk through the house to make sure everything is packed and moved. Check closets, attic, crawl space and any other crack and crevices.
  30. NEW ADDRESS: A small moving tip is to leave your new address on the fridge or counter, so the new homeowners can forward you any mail.
  31. OLD KEYS: Just before leaving make sure all copies of keys and garage door openers are together for the new homeowner.

Are you ready to make a move? Call or Text Irene Bilinski Today at 613-858-1151. Let's get you moved into your dream home. 

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Irene Bilinski, ASA
Bilingual Sales Representative

RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group Ottawa

Direct (613) 858-1151
Office (613) 590-3000

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Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Irene, awessome list,,,All those looking tomove should adhere to this..Thanks for sharing with us in AR Land.

Aug 21, 2018 12:00 PM #1
mark grogan
Supercheap Storage Wollongong - Sydney, AU

If I could afford to, I would seriously consider throwing everything away each time I made a house move. I mean, really only keep the absolute essentials and mementos that I couldn't live without. It would feel nice to declutter to that extent. Provided you can actually afford to replace everything you own in such a grand scale...

Jan 02, 2019 07:24 PM #2
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