Write everything down! You’ll thank yourself later. Before you even pack one box, create a simple record keeping system. A spiral-bound notebook works well. Number every box you pack and list the contents. Put a label with the destination room on each packing box.
Use a master “to do” list so you won’t forget something critical.
Sort and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Have a garage sale, donate to a charity or recycle.
Don’t throw out everything. If your inclination is to just toss it, ask yourself how frequently you use and item and how you’d feel if you no longer had it.
Pack like items together. Put toys with toys, kitchen utensils with kitchen utensils.
Decide what, if anything, you plan to move yourself. Precious item, such as family photos, valuable breakables, or must haves during the move, should probably stay with you.
Use the correct size moving box for the item. Loose items encourage breakage so use the right packing supplies.
Put heavy items in small moving boxes so they’re easier to lift.
Don’t over-pack your boxes as this will increase the chances they will break.
Be sure to use the correct packing supplies such as bubble wrap, packing paper, foam and furniture pads. All fragile items should be packed and wrapped separately. Also, pad the bottom and sides of boxes with wrapping paper, bubble wrap or bath towels.
Label boxes on all sides. This way you can identify them no matter how they’re stacked.
Keep all of your moving documents in one file, including phone numbers. Also keep your address book handy.
Back up your computer files before unplugging it.
Inspect each box and all furniture for damage as soon as it arrives.
Remember, most movers will not take plants.
Two Months Before the Move
If using a mover, get 2-3 estimates from moving companies you can trust
If moving yourself, get costs from XYZ Storage and reserve a rental truck
Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement
Begin to remove clutter(start with basement,garage and other storage areas)
Call charity to pick up unwanted household items and take unwanted clothing to bins at XYZ Storage.
Prepare to have a moving sale for your less valuable items, and have a net-auction for the more valuable ones
Arrange to transfer school records
Choose a mover from the quotes and reserve your moving and delivery dates
Six Weeks Before the Move
Make an inventory of all the items you want to move
Start packing now! Start with items that aren’t often used
Contact your insurance agent to transfer or cancel coverage
Check with your employer to find out what moving expenses they will pay
Four Weeks Before the Move
Notify mail, magazine subscriptions, newspaper delivery, etc. of your address change
Contact utility companies to set turn off dates
Service power mowers, snowmobiles and drain all gas/oil
Get children’s school records
If moving to new city/town obtain records and prescriptions from family doctor and dentist
Give away or arrange transportation of house plants
One Week Before the Move
Fill out Post Office change of address forms
Empty your freezer and plan use of foods
Clean refrigerator. Use baking soda to dispel odour
Separate cartons and luggage you need for personal use
Make arrangements for babysitting and pet care for moving day
Arrange for utilities to be turned on at your new address
On Moving Day
Plan to spend the entire day at the house. Do not leave until the movers have gone
Carry jewelry and valuable documents yourself
Be sure to tell packers and or drivers about fragile or precious items
Take a final tour of your home. Double check closets, drawers and shelves.