Moving Day Tips

Dated: April 11 2023

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Moving to a New Home? 

Moving to a new home can be overwhelming. You may be feeling excited and ready begin life in your new home, but moving day can seem like a lifetime away with a long list of tasks to prepare for moving day.

Staying organized is key to transitioning to your new home with less stress. Below is a checklist to help you prepare before you move and on moving day.

Change of Address

  • Be sure to notify the Vehicle Registration Office of change of address.
  • Notify doctor, dentist and government offices
  • Notify school authorities so they may forward your children's school records to the new school.
  • Arrange to transfer your bank account to your new location. If you are moving into a new home in a new subdivision, check that the driveway and roads are accessible to the moving truck.
  • Notify Post Office of change of address.

Arrange for Utilities and Other Services in Your New Home

  • Make arrangements in advance for all services at your new home so that all utilities are turned on for you on the day you are moving in.
  • Notify utilities when to discontinue service.

Purge Old & Dangerous Items

  • Dispose of old obsolete articles that you no longer require.
  • Discard flammables - such as matches, lighter fluids, gasoline, paints, turpentine.

Moving Truck Rentals

  • Whenever possible, try to move at other times than at the beginning and end of the month as these dates prove to be the most expensive


  • It is not necessary to empty dresser drawers, but remove all fragile and heavy items and all liquids.
  • Do not overload drawers when packing items in dressers, etc.
  • Towels and pillows may be packed in dresser drawers.
  • Liquids in bottles should have tops securely fastened.
  • Make sure to drain the gas out of such items as out board motors and power mowers.
  • Do not leave trays, etc. loose in refrigerator and stove.
  • Power tools, such as lathes, saws, grinders, should be dismantled for safe moving.
  • If moving in hot or cold weather, articles subject to extreme temperatures should be shipped under controlled conditions.
  • Defrost your refrigerator the day before moving.

Moving Day

  • Pack in one carton enough dishes and utensils to allow you to prepare your first meal at your new home. Take it with you in your car if possible. If not, load this carton last so it will be the first item unloaded at your new home.
  • On moving day, check attic, basement and garage to make sure all wanted items are taken.
  • Any items such as luggage that you are not including in the goods to be moved, should be kept separate so they will not be moved in error.
  • Pack a small tool box with you for the move. i.e. hammer, screwdriver, drill, nails and a flashlight as you will almost certainly need them.
  • Purchase a small amount of picture hanging hooks for the new home.
  • Carry with you your currency, jewellery and valuable papers.

Label Boxes and Furniture

  • Be sure to pick up masking tape and a felt marker to secure your items and label your boxes appropriately.
    • Mark any boxes and articles you may require first in your new home so that they may be loaded accordingly.

    What to Leave Behind

    • Any fixtures fastened to the wall, drapery tracks, etc. should not be taken.

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