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The Moving Checklist
- Now that you have purchased the perfect home, remember you take responsibility of your new property on the Completion Date. Therefore, it is important that your property insurance is in place on Completion Date, even if you have not taken Possession of the property yet.
- Sort through your belonging and pare out things which aren’t worth taking. Take only the things you really need and love.
- Make a detailed list of items you are moving, this will help you estimate the cost of your move, provide an inventory for moving insurance and help keep better track of your possessions.
- Figure out a workable moving timeline. This will help you organize your time, keep track of progress and speed moving preparations. Make sure and reach out to reserve a parking place for the moving truck in front of the entrance to your new home (if applicable) or reserve the elevator (if applicable) and hire a cleaner (if you think you will be too exhausted to clean…leave your place in a neat and tidy manner).
- Calculate out a moving budget. How are you going to spend your money? Does it make sense to hire a moving company or are you planning on doing it yourself? Always set up a contingency fund for emergency situations and make sure you have more than the amount you estimate necessary to move. If you are planning on hiring movers make sure and ask for recommendations from friends, get and in-house estimate of costs, compare rates and services offered by other movers, research the moving company and make sure and read the detailed contract your chosen mover will have you sign.
- Decide on a moving date. Keep in mind previous commitments, unfavourable weather conditions, cost of moving in a peak season compared to a less busy time of year and always have a secondary plan in mind.
- One of the most important things to do before moving is to change your address. This will include having your mail forwards, and notifying credit card company, family doctor, insurance company, Revenue Canada, your bank, any service provider (BC Hydro and Fortis) and any other organizations you have dealings with.
- Contact your current service provider and have your utilities in your old home disconnected on the day of your move. Arrange for water, gas and electricity at your new home for move-in-day. Keep in mind utility companies will sometimes ask for a deposit to set up a new account.
- Take care of your pets. Depending on the distance of the move, get the appropriate shipping container, retrieve their vaccination records, check the rules and regulations regarding pets in your new area and if you decide to ship your pet by air contact the airline for additional information.
- Pack your belongs by labelling the boxes with their contents, destination room and the necessary handling instructions. Set aside your essentials, the things you will need for the first day and night in your new home.
- On moving day make sure and be ready by the time the movers arrive, clear obstacles out of the way, keep children and pets occupied in a safe and quiet room, prepare some refreshments and have some cash for tips. One of the very last things to do before you move is to give your home a final, thorough cleaning.