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Moving Checklist - One to Three Months Before the Move

  • Start preparing your moving plan: task list, inventory, resource plan, budget.
  • Begin selection process of a moving company.
  • Will your new home be move-in ready? If not, arrange for storage for your belongings.
  • Make an inventory of belongings you're planning to take to your new home.
  • Clothes – do you really need them all? If not, someone else can use them. Donate to charity.
  • Separate books and reading materials – magazines, novels, cookbooks, textbooks, family reading, antique or rare books.
  • Clear out unwanted goods – organize a garage or yard sale.
  • If you are taking electronic items, see if you kept the original boxes.
  • Locate a depot to safely dispose of household chemicals such as old paint.
  • Clean rugs.
  • Start using up freezer foods.
  • Notify your child’s school and have records transferred to the new school.
  • Make a list of everyone who needs to be notified of the move -- relatives, friends, business associates, colleagues, creditors, schools, doctors, dentists, veterinarians, newspapers.
  • Arrange termination date for electricity, gas, telephone, internet / Cancel newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
  • Arrange for major appliances to be serviced before you move them.

Additional items to check for long distance or international moves

  • Organize personal documentation – marriage/birth certificates, driving licenses, etc.
  • Check and clear tax assessments.
  • Request copies of your medical and dental records.
  • Acquire veterinary records if necessary.  Make sure vaccinations and documentation of your family pet are up to date.
  • Check all electrical goods – will they work in your new home?
  • Find out the replacement value of all belongings for insurance purposes.
  • Apply for any necessary visas.
  • Arrange your finances – close or transfer bank accounts, saving accounts, etc.
  • Want to take the car? Research import regulations and duty fees.
  • If you're moving out of province or the country, research procedures for vehicle licensing and insurance.
  • Confirm hotel and airline reservations if you need them.
  • Shops, schools, teachers, life styles – it’s never too early to learn more about your new neighbourhood and residence.

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