Looking for a way to make moving day a little less stressful? Check out our handy checklist below, or click here for a printable copy.
Send Change of Address To:
- Post Office
- Friends & Relatives
- Banks & Credit Card Companies
- Insurance Company (Life, Health, Home, Auto)
- Newspapers &/or Magazine subscriptions (Several weeks in advance)
- Ministry of Transportation & Communication (Car ownership & driver’s licenses)
Notify and Make Arrangements For:
- Children (Schools, Babysitters, Daycare)
- Medical, Dental & Hospital Records (Transfer for x-rays, prescriptions, etc.)
- Church, service clubs (Transfer memberships, get letters of introduction if needed)
- Bank accounts (Transfer funds, arrange cheque-cashing in new locality, change transit numbers for any automatic payments, safety deposit box, order cheques with new address)
- Insurance coverage for new location
- Pets (Check regulations for licenses, tags, vaccinations & locate veterinarian)
- Gardening Company (check lawn care contract at your home)
- Legal Records (contact your lawyer)
- Helpful Phone Numbers: Burlington Hydro: 905-332-1851, Hamilton Hydro: 905-522-9200, Oakville Hydro: 905-825-9400, Union Gas: 1-888-774-3111, Bell Canada: 905-310-BELL (2355), Cogeco Cable: 905-333-5522
Other Things To Do:
- Hire a mover (Check out insurance coverage and cost. Decide who is packing and unpacking, set arrival day and time).
- Clean curtains and rugs (Better done before the move if possible)
- Clean closets, etc. (Have that Garage Sale before moving)
- Defrost freezer (Plan use of foods before moving)
- Carry with you: money, jewelry, documents, items you will need immediately upon arrival such as light bulbs, screwdriver, etc., facial and toilet tissue, pet food and dishes, baby equipment, snacks, kettle, tea or coffee equipment.
- Advise movers of what is to be loaded last so it is unloaded first at your new home.
- Pets: arrange for special needs when traveling. Best if they are out of the movers’ way at both loading and unloading locations
- Double check: closets, drawers and shelves to be sure that nothing is left behind.
- Keys: leave all keys needed by the new owner with your lawyer
- Last Check: just before leaving, check that the furnace or air conditioner is adjusted accordingly, and the telephone has been disconnected.
- Check that meters have been read (lawyers usually make adjustments)
- Turn off lights, lock windows and doors