Moving into your new home is a big job. The further your plan in advance, the smoother it will go. This moving checklist list contains most of the big tasks you will need to do and the suggested timeframe.

12 weeks before you move:

Chose your mover and sign the acceptance note

Sort through basement, loft and garage and start to purge

Resolve what to do with prohibited items

Make proper provision for pets

Decide whether or not you are taking your car

10 weeks before your move:

Dispose of the things you don’t want to take

Donate items to charity

8 weeks before you move:

Start to prepare your mailing list of people who need your change of address

Change mailing address at banks, savings accounts, credit card companies, magazine subscriptions

Start to round up passports, birth/marriage certificates and other family documentation

Check that electrical components will work in your new home

Contact your home owner insurance agent about coverage for moving

Make travel arrangements

6 weeks before you move:

Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and get their records

Arrange for mail to be forwarded

Decide whether or not to buy any new household items.

Arrange for temporary storage if your new home is not ready

Contact insurance company (auto, homeowners, medical)

4 weeks before you move:

Decide which clothes travel with you

Start to dismantle climbing frames/garden furniture/outdoor items

If you have children, separate cherished toys to travel with you

Call physicians and dentists. They may recommend a colleague near your new home.  Get your records and take them with you.

Arrange transfer of school records.

Transfer personal insurance records

Arrange termination date for electricity, gas, oil, telephone andother main suppliers

Agree on an insurance value and terms with your mover

Make arrangements to connect utility services at your new home

Return library books

Cancel newspapers, subscriptions, and other deliveries

Find new homes for your plants

7 days before your move:

Clean out and defrost the refrigerator/freezer

Reconfirm travel reservations

Have rugs cleaned

Plan simple meals for moving day to avoid using appliances

Separate luggage items you need for personal travel

Clean garden tools, bicycles and any other gardening equipment

Empty the tanks of power tools such as mowers, chainsaws, etc.

Secure enough medication for at least two weeks, and ensure you have copies of any necessary prescriptions for use at destination

Bring limited cash for smaller expenses

Arrange for someone to look after the children on moving day

Moving day:

Be on hand all day to answer questions, accompany driver during inventory, sign bill of lading, and confirm your new address and delivery date. Be sure to advise him of your enroute accommodations and telephone number, if known.

Make final check of every room and storage area. Make sure windows and doors are locked, keys are transferred and lights are out