Posted on November 29, 2017
We’ve created this list to help you organize your move a bit better.
Most of it will apply to you, although some of it is for people moving a bit farther away. The overall purpose of it is to ensure that the move is as smooth as possible for you. We hope you find it useful.
Note: It’s handy to note whom you are receiving mail from for the month prior to moving and keep a list and/or notify them as the mail comes in.
PART A – Leave a Note for New Owners
It’s very welcoming and handy for the new owners to have a note explaining the unique and perhaps quirky things about your house such as:
o where the water shut off is for the house
o A list of contractors you’ve used to maintain your house who know how it works, how it’s wired.
o Notes about helpful neighbours who have helped you in the past
PART B – NOTIFICATION CHECKLIST
|Notify||o Post Office – return key if necessary. Leave note for new owners where mail is delivered and what box number it is.
o Change your address online at Canada Post.comhttps://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/personal/productsservices/receive/coapermanent.jsf
o Send email to friends and relatives – put WE”VE MOVED: NEW ADDRESS in subject line
o Advise Credit Card Companies – either by phone or on their website
o Mail Order Companies
o Paypal and other online payment companies
o Vehicle Registration Bureau
o Driver’s Licence/ Government
o Health Insurance
o Newspaper Delivery
|Discontinue OR Forward to New address||o Electricity
o Cable/Entertainment Rentals
o Lawn or Snow Service
o Garbage Collection
o Household Cleaning Service
o Food Service
o Laundry/Dry Cleaning
|Transfer||o House/Car Insurance
o Medical Doctor
o Dental Records
o Club Memberships
o School Records
o Bank Records
o Veterinarian Records
o Legal Contracts
PART C – MOVING GUIDE
Weeks Before Moving
Consider a Garage Sale?
|Tour your house, including attic, garage, storage shed and decide what to:
Movers and ask for accurate estimate of moving expense
|Eat Your Frozen Foods Up
Make sure you end monthly contracts for oil, gas and other utilities.
|If moving out of the city, make your travel reservations||Arrange for transfer of doctor and dentist records.
Refer to list to send out change addresses
|3 Weeks Before Moving||Arrange for
transportation of pets to Kennels or to stay at friends the day of the move
preparing your plants for the move
|Return any library books, viceos, DVD’s. Return other borrowed items to friends/family.
Collect items in for repairs or layaway
|Dispose of flammable items such as paints, matches, pressurised cans, cleaning fluids||Notify
Post Office, Mail Order Accounts of Pending address change.
|2 Weeks Before Moving||Draw up your floor plan of your new home or get one from your REALTOR
Indicate furniture placement on each piece
|Confirm Move Date with Movers. Ask what size truck they are using||Start packing items you are not using regularly – i.e. out of season clothing||Arrange for babysitter for moving day
Cancel Delivery Services
|Cancel Utilities and make sure you get final meter readings.|
|1 Week Before Moving||Prepare for car trip. Finish packing Suitcases and basic essentials.
Separate and plan to carry valuables with you including jewellery and currency, passports and other id.
|Drain water from garden hoses.
If moving machinery, drain oil and gas
|Defrost and wipe down fridge and freezer.
Don’t forget to defrost the water pan
|Itemise the boxes you want to open first.
Label each box for each room it is to go into.
|Clean House or get Cleaner in for final moving day, after move out.|
|Cable & Telephone|
|Oil: Columbia Fuels||250-474-3533|
|Post Office – change or address|
|Doctor/Health Information – local available doctors|
|Victoria Water (Victoria and Esquimalt)||250-361-0226|
|CRD Water (Westshore)||250-474-9600|
|Saanich Water (Saanich only)||250-475-5445|
|North Saanich (billed 3x a year – automatically updated with Land Titles)||250-656-0781|
|Your Local Municipality or|
|Alpine Disposal (Westshore)||250-474-5145|
|Ron’s Disposal (Saanich)||250-652-6242|
|Waste Management (Saanich)||1-877-784-7336|