If you're planning a move this summer, take some time to get organized. A well-organized move can go a long way to cut down on stress and improve the moving experience. Here's a checklist to help you. 

Six to eight weeks before you move

  • Make moving arrangements with a moving company or moving truck rental company 
  • Draw out a floor plan of your new home to decide where your belongings will go
  • Get packing supplies (tape, boxes, tissue paper, bubble wrap, markers etc.)
  • Clean out your closets, basement, shed and garage
  • Advise the post office of your new address and moving date
  • Send change of address notices to:
    • Phone company
    • Insurance company — Arrange to transfer your household insurance to your new property
    • Financial Institution and credit card companies
    • Utility and cable/satellite providers — Make arrangements to start services on the date of your arrival at your new home

Two to four weeks before you move 

  • Cancel or transfer newspaper, magazines and other home deliveries
  • Reserve an elevator with your building superintendent if you’re moving from a condo or apartment building

Two to three days before you move

Planning a move

Complete all packing and: 

  • Label boxes with the room they will go in
  • Place all important documents in a "Safe Box" that you will transport personally
  • Prepare an "Open First" box with the basic necessities for your first night
  • Label all keys for the new occupants
  • Conduct an initial visit to your new home to verify everything’s okay

Moving Day

For your old home:

  • Check all rooms and closets to make sure nothing has been left behind
  • Ensure that all electrical devices are unplugged and the thermostat is turned down
  • Leave labeled keys with the landlord, lawyer or real estate agent

For your new home:

  • Check that you have keys to all the locks in your new home
  • Make sure that all utilities are working properly in your new home
  • Provide movers with the floor plan
  • Check the condition of each box or household item as it is unloaded and make note of any damages

After you move

  • Change your address on your driver’s licence, for your car insurance and with your employer

Download a printable pdf checklist