Moving Checklist

3-4 WEEKS PRIOR TO MOVE
→ Book a moving company!
→ Make an inventory of everything to be moved
→ Donate any unwanted clothing or furniture
→ Contact insurance company to transfer policies (life,homeowners)
→ Request change of address kit from post-office
→ Prepare a list of friends, business firms and personal accounts who should be notified of your upcoming move

Arrange cut-off/activation dates for utility companies:
→ Telephone / TV / Internet
(Bell Canada: 1-866-301-1942)
(Rogers: 1 877 559-5202)
→ Gas/Electricity/Water
(Enbridge Gas: 1-877-362-7434)
(Hydro Ottawa: 613-738-6400)
(City of Ottawa: 613-580-2400)

2 WEEKS PRIOR TO MOVE
→ Purchase any moving supplies
→ Make an appointment with a service technician to prepare major appliances for shipment (i.e. plumber, electrician)
→ Have rugs and draperies cleaned and leave wrapped when returned
→ Obtain written appraisal of antique items to verify value

Make a plan to dispose of flammables that can’t be transported:
→ Aerosol Cans
→ Cleaning Fluid
→ Household Liquids
→ Oil Cans/Paint/Thinner
→ Propane Tanks

1 WEEK PRIOR TO MOVE
→ Check furniture for dents and scratches
→ Label items you need to access easily
→ Clean out the refrigerator/plan to defrost and dry day before move
→ Drain equipment: water hoses, propane tank, gas/oil lawnmowers
→ Schedule to have utilities turn on at your new home
→ Make a plan to transport house plants
→ Confirm travel arrangements for pets and family

DAY OF MOVE
→ Designate boxes and items as “last load” items
→ All loose items are packed into boxes with the top closed
→ All electronics are unplugged from a power source.
→ All pictures are removed from the walls
→ All boxes are labeled with their destination room in your new home on the top and sides of each box
→ All heavy and breakable items are removed from dressers and desks
→ All contents are removed from appliances
→ All items are removed from the top of furniture
→ All linens are removed from beds
→ All rooms, closets, cabinets have been checked
→ Disassemble bedroom sets to save time

Before you leave the house:
→ Water shut off
→ A/C shut off
→ Lights turned off
→ Windows shut and locked
→ Surrender house keys to lawyer
→ Check for items left behind

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