Planning a move
Carefully planning a move makes it smoother and less stressful. Follow this advice to make it a positive experience.
Normally, booking a professional moving company 4 weeks ahead of time is fine.
However, during high season, it’s recommended to book 8 to 12 weeks ahead of time.
Not hiring professionals
Be sure to rent an adequately sized truck as well as all the equipment you’ll need:
- Protective blankets
4 weeks before moving day
Make a checklist of EVERYTHING you must do to be ready for the big day. Check items off the list as you do them.
If you don’t like keeping pen and paper on you, use an app. You can share it with your spouse, which should make it easier to split up the tasks.
What needs to be well-packed
Sort your belongings into three piles: sell, donate or throw out. Make sure your move is as light as possible.
Start by packing the things you don’t use on a daily basis:
- Winter clothes when moving in the summer
- Books and CDs
- Good china and stemware
- Gardening material
- Sporting equipment (skis, snowshoes, skates, balls, etc.)
- Camping equipment
- Sleeping bags, blankets
In the kitchen, pack the large pots and small appliances that you don’t plan on using in the next little while (e.g., fryer, crockpot, juicer, etc.).
Put everything that is ready to be moved in a designated room or garage. This will give you the impression that things are moving ahead.
Making your change of address
Call your utilities – phone, Internet, TV, electricity, gas, fuel oil – and make your change of address with them directly.
To make things easier, try using the Moving Waldo app.
Don’t forget to notify the companies, professional associations, health clinics, insurance companies and financial institutions with which you do business.
Be sure to also notify the dealership where you purchased your vehicle. You will be glad you did in the event of a recall.
Book daycare or babysitting services for your children and send your pets to a kennel for the day.
Start removing items from the walls: picture frames, mirrors, shelves, etc.
2 weeks before moving day
Call the moving company – or your volunteers! – to confirm the moving date.
Continue packing your belongings and keep as little as possible for the last week.
1 week before moving day
Remove the blinds or curtains.
Make sure you have enough space to park the truck, at your old and new addresses.
Take large furniture apart into manageable sections, whenever possible, and disconnect the devices you won’t be using for the rest of the week.
Roll up the carpets.
Prepare an essentials kit for moving day:
- Cleaning products
- Paper towels
- Toilet paper
- Basic tools
- Light bulbs
Make sure you have everything you need for the morning of: food for breakfast, personal hygiene products and medication, a shower curtain and towels.
Sweep and vacuum as you empty each room so that the place is clean for the new owners or tenants. Don’t forget to take out the trash.
Check your electricity meter.
Happy moving day!