Make a checklist of tasks
Preparation and planning are crucial during a move and can make all the difference. Making a checklist of tasks can help you see an overall picture of everything there is to do, so you can manage your time well and figure out where to start.
There are online tools available to help you manage your move from start to finish. The website iammoving.ca, for example, can support you through every step of the process.
Don’t forget to change your address
Changing your address can often be more complicated than you think. This checklist can help you make all the necessary changes.
To make sure you don’t miss anything, you can request mail forwarding from Canada Post.
Don’t forget to schedule set-up for your telecommunications services.
Make sure your insurance is valid
Check with your insurance company to ensure that your property and residence are covered for as long as you are responsible for it. If you are moving gradually, make sure you have adequate coverage on your old home and your new home. Don’t forget to tell your insurance company about any changes and ensure your property is covered if you have to store it somewhere. If you’re moving out of your parents home, consider purchasing tenant’s insurance.
Book your movers or moving truck early
Whether you decide to hire movers, or just to rent a truck, try to book a day other than other than the first of the month, or on a weekday if you can, to get the best price. There will be more trucks available and less movers on the road. And if you live in a condo or apartment, don’t forget to book the elevator for moving day.
Shop around for movers and moving trucks—services and prices can vary between companies. Don’t be afraid to ask for quotes, references and a booking confirmation.
If you decide to have movers, make sure they have insurance to cover your valuables. Don’t forget to ask for the name of the insurance company and the policy number. If you use a moving truck, check the kind of coverage you have under your home insurance and whether you’re covered during transit. If you’re borrowing a vehicle or a truck, take two minutes to check whether your car insurance will cover any unexpected events.
Be ready, be efficient
Remember that for your move to go off successfully, you'll need to have everything ready to go at least the night before. To help with this, follow our tips to help you pack up your belongings properly. If you can access your new home to paint and clean a few days before the move, jump at the opportunity. This will save you time and there won’t be any furniture to move for painting. Also think about taking over boxes whenever possible. You’ll have less to do on moving day and will save money if you’re using movers. All the best with your move!