Moving Checklist: What you Should do Before Relocating

Relocating to a new city or a new country can be stressful especially if you have never done it before. Luckily, there are companies that offer relocation services in Canada. These companies can help you relocate to whether you want to go.

A Month or More Before the Move:

  1. Obtain written estimates from at least two different relocation specialists and make sure the movers are aware of all items to be moved.
  2. Once you’ve hired a moving company, get a written commitment from them confirming the date of the move and the time of arrival.
  3. Find out what the company’s insurance policy covers in terms of furniture storage and goods in transit, and get appraisals of items in case of future claims for damages.
  4. File a Change of Address at the post office in order to ensure your mail is forwarded, and begin mailing Change of Address cards. Keep a list of cards sent and don’t forget to notify all credit card companies.
  5. If you’re moving with children, obtain transfer records and any other documentation needed to enroll them in their new school.

Packing and Storage

  1. Have packing paper, a notepad for keeping an inventory, and marking pens on hand. Large inexpensive plastic painter’s drop sheets will protect your floors/carpets from damage during the packing process.
  2. Use wide box-sealing tape and, like Red Green always says, have an oversupply of duct tape.
  3. During the packing process, number all of the boxes and keep an inventory list. Record the contents of each of the boxes and make two copies of the list for each box. Keep one copy with your inventory list and put the other copy inside the appropriate box just before you close it up. Seal boxes well. Properly sealed boxes stack better.
  4. Clearly mark which cartons you want loaded last/unloaded first.
  5. Mark and/or point out to the movers items that are particularly delicate or fragile.
  6. Dismantle large power tools to make packing easier.
  7. Protect delicate furniture with a coat of wax.

Moving out

  1. Use plastic sheeting on the floors to minimize dirt tracked through the house.
  2. Give the movers a second tour of the house and answer any remaining questions they (or you) may have.
  3. Check the inventory for number of boxes, broken down by room.
  4. Check the mover’s bill of lading against your inventory.
  5. Clearly label and leave all the spare keys, and the code for the security system if there is one, in the house unless other arrangements have been made.

 Moving in

  1. Get to the house before the movers arrive. Arrange to bring milk, bread, coffee, tea and whatever other staples you’ll think you’ll need with you. It will be a long day. Also buy a few dozen premium donuts and give them to the movers before they start moving everything in.
  2. Verify that all the utilities have been turned on and are working properly.
  3. Use plastic sheeting on the floors to minimize dirt tracked through the house.
  4. Give copies of the floor plan to the movers. Examine and check off each item as it arrives and is unloaded.
  5. Keep an eye out for damages. Since you can’t check the condition of anything which hasn’t yet been unpacked, write “subject to loss or hidden damage” above your signature on the bill of lading.

As you can see, relocating to a new city can be extremely involving. Hiring a moving company to assist you will not only make the relocation process stress free but also make it more affordable as compared to hiring individuals to help you relocate to your new home.