Moving Checklist

Make a list of what you need to do and when you need to do it!


  • Book Movers
  • Notify Canada Post of your new address.
  • Get Change of Address forms from Canada Post.
  • Send change-of-address cards to
    • Friends
    • Relatives
    • Banks (and order new cheques from your bank)
    • Periodicals
    • Insurance Firms (be sure you understand your insurance coverage and have placed adequate valuation on your household goods.)
    • Doctor, Dentist, Charge Cards
    • Canada Customs & Revenue Agency, BC Hydro, Cable Company
    • Old Age and other Pensions
  • Change address on license at Drivers' Services


  • Think about the things you want to be packed together. Organize your possessions so the cartons can be labeled with the contents and according to the room in which they will be placed in your new home.
  • Decide what to move and what to give away. (Some goods could be donated to charitable organizations, arrange for pick-up)
  • Put 2 different colours of stickers to show which items will be moved and which will not.
  • With the items to move, label the room it is to go to. Have a garage sale!
  • DO NOT PACK watches, jewellery, money or important documents. Take these articles with you.
  • Arrange to have the telephone disconnected (but ensure that it's not until after loading day) and hook-up telephone in your new home.
  • Arrange to have utilities and appliances disconnected.


  • Recruit moving-day help
  • Arrange cleaning people
  • Return library books and anything borrowed from friends and neighbours.
  • Take care of bills, stocks and investments.
  • Plan and measure where your furniture will be placed in your new home.


  • Arrange for delivery services to be discontinued - newspapers, magazines etc.


  • Pack luggage.


  • When all goods have been loaded, make a thorough check of all rooms, attics, basements, closets, cupboards and behind doors. It is your responsibility to make sure that nothing has been overlooked to make sure nothing has been loaded into the van in error. Ensure garage, sheds etc. are free from items and debris. 
  • Disconnect all appliances
  • Turn off gas and water
  • Drain all hoses
  • Empty refrigerator and disconnect ice maker
  • Make sure the freezer has time to defrost
  • Dresser drawers:
    • Dresser drawers can be left filled with light clothes and linen
    • Remove all valuables and items which could spill
  • Disconnect cords
  • Disconnect and bundle cords on television and stereo


  • If you have a concern for time, move the smaller items from the basement or upstairs to the main floor before moving day if possible.
  • Carry back yard items to the front so they can be easily loaded onto the moving van.


  • Tie back gates, screen doors and remove doors if necessary
  • Helpful hint is to remember back what problems you had moving in, so you can advise the movers.


  • Reserve elevators with apartment manager and check to see if the apartment can pad the elevators for you.
Julie Urquhart
Cell: (604) 250-4220
Office: (604) 926-6718
Fax: (604) 925-0828
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