Essex County's Moving Checklist
Moving season is has been upon us for more than a little while now. However, the impact that COVID-19 has had on the community has stalled normal life. So, since things are starting to go back, here at PDQ 4U we decided to put together a checklist to keep you on track for you move. As Essex County’s moving specialist, we want to help you every step of the way!
8 WEEKS BEFORE
· What do I take with me: Make a list of all things that you need to “keep”.
Do an in-depth scan of your house and discuss with your family what to take to your new home. Also, list items that are fragile and will require special packing or extra insurance coverage.
· What can I get rid of: Donate items you no longer want or have a garage sale.
· Find Movers:
As a fully licensed and insured moving company, we will make sure you and your belongings are meticulously looked after throughout your move. We will provide you with the best estimates and the most accurate pricing. No hidden fees.
· Children’s school: Notify the school that you are moving and gather information of transferring schools.
6 WEEKS BEFORE
· Packing: Order packing supplies including boxes in various sizes, bubble wrap, packing paper and packing tape. Think if you need any special containers, such as wardrobe and boxes for your expensive cutlery
· Travel Arrangements: Book any necessary flights if you are moving to another city
· Interim Accommodation: Consider booking a hotel stay if you will need lodging before your new home is ready.
· Contact your doctors/specialist: Get medical record from all of your specialists. You can even ask your current specialists if they have recommendations for someone near your new home.
· Contact insurance agents: Find out whether your move changes in your medical, dental, vehicle or personal property insurance.
4 WEEKS BEFORE
· Start packing: Start packing with items you rarely use or seasonally like Christmas decorations, fondue pot, dining sets, pool toys etc. Items that you use frequently should be packed last e.g. your coffee machine/mug, toiletries, TV with remote etc. Take photos of your valuables pack them separately and keep them in a safe place. Try carry your valuables with you.
· Label Label Label: Label everything. Mark each box with its contents and the room it is destined for in the new house. Another way is to number the boxes and come up with an inventory sheet that you can match with the movers. Remember to always marks boxes with fragile items.
· Measure your furniture: Measure your furniture, any tall wide or odd shaped items. Ensure that all your stuff can be removed out of your home and into your new one. Measure doorways or tight spaces or stairwell/landing so that the items can be easily moved. You do not want any surprises on moving day.
· Computer update and back-up: Update your computer with any necessary software updates. Make sure that all of your files and photos are backed up to an online cloud storage service or an external hard drive that you can carry with you.
· If you have pets: Do not forget about your pets. Book a pet sitter or care facility for moving day. If you are moving to a different city, make travel plans for your pets and ensure your veterinarian has authorized your pets’ for the journey.
· Utilities: Contact your utility companies. Instruct existing utilities to disconnect services the day after you move out. Or, see if they can transfer the services to your new home. If not, direct new utilities to install services at least a day before you arrive at your new home.
· Storage: Consider if your will need storage. If your new home is not ready when you leave the old one. We provide all the necessary storage options you will need – from Kingsville to Lasalle.
· Food Items: Clear the freezer first. Use up all frozen food items that will be a hassle to move. Then, tackle the fridge and finally the pantry.
· Your car: Visit your auto mechanic. Get an oil change, tire fixes and any necessary tune-ups to ensure that your car survives the move.
· Update your address: Visit Canadapost.ca or your local post office to officially change your address and forward your mail to the new address. Leave your forwarding address with a neighbor, just in case.
· Alert important parties: Tell your employer, banks, credit card companies, subscription services, friends and family of your move and move date.
2 WEEKS BEFORE
· Movers: Get a hold of us and confirm your move.
· Start clearing: Empty out storage units, safe deposit boxes and any other off-site storage spots. Do not forget to pick up your dry cleaning. Return your library books. Return any equipment you may have borrowed.
· Book time off: Find out many workdays you will need for the move and then request time off from your employer in advance.
· Clean the rugs: Get your area rugs cleaned. They will arrive rolled and wrapped from the cleaner, ready to unroll at the new house.
· Manuals and Warranty Information: Pay it forward. As you pack, gather warranty information, manuals and other house-specific information in a binder for the new owners
1 WEEK BEFORE
· Finish your packing: Try and finish your packing as much as possible at least two days before moving day.
· Pack your personal stuff: Pack your bag. If you are moving out of the city, pack at least one change of clothes (or more) for each person in the family`. Pack all the basics (e.g., phone charger, toilet paper) that you need to survive for a few days without the items on the moving truck.
· Refill your prescriptions: Visit your pharmacy. Refill any prescriptions you will need for the next month. Plan to transfer prescriptions to a pharmacy near your new home.
· Disconnect your appliances: Unplug and disconnect any large appliances e.g., washing machine, fitness equipment etc. that you are taking with you. If you are taking your fridge with you, defrost the freezer and clean the fridge at least a day before you move. If needed, contact a professional to disconnect gas lines.
· Getting rid of things: Once you make a “to donate” pile, we will come and pick it up and deliver it to the 20 donation companies that we work with.
FEW DAYS BEFORE
· Contact your movers: Get in touch with us to finalize the moving plans. Confirm how much you owe on moving day, and what forms of payment are accepted. Request a cellphone number to contact for the day-of the move and confirm the arrival time. Prepare written directions to your new home and hand them to the movers on moving day.
· Keys to your new home: Arrange with your realtor or agent or landlord to receive the keys to your new home on the moving day.
· Donate Food: Donate non-perishables to a local food pantry. You may have fewer boxes to move.
· Take apart your furniture: Place the screws, brackets and fasteners in a small plastic storage bag and label it. Tape the bag to the furniture’s underside so you will not loose it.
· Get rid of In-flammables:
Like most movers, we prefer not to move boxes that contain paint, aerosol cans, matches, alcohol and other chemicals. Please dispose these items properly or see if you can move them yourself.
DO NOT PACK THESE ITEMS
Remember to keep the following items with you and off the moving truck on moving day:
· Important documents (e.g., passports, marriage license, birth certificates, any records containing bank account information or Social Security numbers)
· Check book /Credit cards
· Jewelry, Cash or any other valuables, heirlooms or irreplaceable items
· Electronics - Phone and charger; Laptop and charger
· Toilet paper /Kitchen tissue / Paper towels/ trash bags
· Flashlight, Tape measure, Toolbox
· A change of clothes (one for each member of your household)
· Snacks and water (for kids and pets)
· A child’s special toy or blanket (if they can’t bear to pack it)
Did you forget anything?
If you have any questions regarding your move don’t hesitate to contact us. We do short and long distance moving. We’ve moved folks all over the Canada and US.