Buyer Moving Tips

 

4 WEEKS BEFORE

  • Book Movers.
  • Get Change of Address forms from Canada Post.
  • Send change-of-address cards to
    • Friends
    • Relatives
    • Banks (and order new cheques from your bank)
    • Subscriptions
    • Insurance Firms, BC Hydro, Cable Company, Telephone 
    • Doctor, Dentist, Charge Cards
    • Old Age and other Pensions
  • Change address on license at Drivers' Services

 

3 WEEKS BEFORE

  • Think about the things you want to be packed together. Organize your possessions so that 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)
  • Garage sale time? 
  • 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.

 

2 WEEKS BEFORE

  • Recruit moving-day help
  • Arrange cleaning people
  • Return library books and anything borrowed from friends and neighbours.
  • Take care of bills etc.  

 

1 WEEK BEFORE

  • Arrange for delivery services to be discontinued - newspapers, magazines etc.
  • Plan and measure where your furniture will be placed in your new home. 

 

JUST DAYS BEFORE

  • Pack luggage.

 

ON MOVING DAY

  • 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 ALWAYS check your Purchase and Sale contract to make sure nothing has been loaded into the van in error.
  • 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 that could spill
  • Disconnect cords
  • Disconnect and bundle cords on television and stereo

 

SAVE TIME

  • 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 that they can be easily loaded onto the moving van.

 

PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR MOVING DAY

  • 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

  • Reserve elevators with apartment manager and check to see if the apartment can pad the elevators for you.