Stay Organized With a Printable Moving Checklist

by : The House Team Of Mortgage Intellingence

The key to a smooth move is to stay organized. While you can still find a pen and clipboard, get started on a moving checklist of necessary tasks.


Q Book a mover. You'll need to decide if you want to pack and/or unpack yourself. If you do choose to do the packing, ask about insurance on any breakage. In general, the movers will only insure what they have packed.


Q Get rid of it. Resolve not to move anything you don't want in your new home. To find a good home for old belongings quickly and as close as your front step go to

Q Start a file for keeping receipts of any moving exp-enses. You can deduct these at tax time.

Q Visit your local post office and fill out a Canada Post change of address form.

Q Notify Canada Revenue Agency of your address change via their web site, at Also notify your provincial health plan.

Q Think about your medical services. Notify doctor, dentist, and optometrist of your move. If necessary, get copies of your records.

Q If you are moving out of province, find out about driver's license, auto licensing and insurance.

Q Contact your children's schools and have their records transferred to their new schools.

Q Make any special arrangements for moving your pets.


Q Notify existing gas, electric, phone, internet and other utility companies to make necessary arrangements. Make plans to get these services set up at your new location.

Q Gather up all your bills; they'll contain valuable information like account numbers and customer service phone numbers. Keep these in a safe and accessible place.


Q Get rid of flammables; drain fuel from the lawnmower and other machinery.

Q Pack your valuables. This includes valuable papers like passports, insurance papers, property deeds, auto-mobile ownership, etc. as well as cash and jewellery. Plan to keep these valuables with you.

Q What's not at home? Remember to pick up any loaned belongings, as well as anything in storage or at the dry cleaners.

Q Clear the fridge; use up any perishable foods and limit any repurchase.

Q Pack a box of "first day essentials" and mark "DO NOT MOVE". Include toilet paper, flashlights, basic cleaning supplies, pet food, handi-wipes, snackable food, etc so you can settle in quickly.

Q Arrange for removal of "installed items" you are taking with you, like a TV antenna or shelves.


Q Take down curtains and rods, as well as any other wall fixtures that are coming with you.

Q Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator. Make sure it has at least 24 hours to air dry.

Q Clean and air your stove.

Q Plan a self-contained breakfast "picnic" for moving day to eat at home or on the road.

Q Pack toiletries, medications and other necessities.

Q Gather up all house keys for the new owner.


Q Make yourself available to the moving crew, who may need to inventory each room. Point out any large, antique or unusual items.

Q Double-check that the moving driver has the correct address and a working telephone number to reach you.

Q Before you leave, do a final walk through of every room. Check all closets and cabinets. Turn off the lights, and be sure that windows and doors are locked.

Happy Moving!