Moving 101

One Month Before – Moving 101

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Remember to reserve apartment elevator and make a furniture floor plan for the new location. 
Hire a . . .

  • Hire the truck or trailer – get one that is too big – you will fill it don’t worry – it’s cheaper than a second trip!
  • Arrange to pick it up a least a day before. 
  • Arrange to rent moving blankets – the “rent a truck” companies often run out – they are used to protect furniture. Drive around and watch moving companies load a truck – they use thousands of blankets. 
  • Rent a hand truck or “dolly” the moving company have special ones with winching straps etc that climb stair easily. 
  • Arrange some help on moving day – hire a couple of movers or strong people to help with the bulk items 
  • If you are driving two vehicles consider a couple of C.B. radios or “personal communication devices” to communicate car to truck – good fun for the kids too (and dad) 
  • Buy (from G.M. Packaging of course)
  • Disposable camera – kid entertainment 


Below are the boxes you may need for your moving purposes. 

  • Barrel; purpose: dishes, fine china, glass
  • Mirror/picture carton; purpose: mirrors, art 
  • Lampshade carton; purpose: lampshades 
  • Mattress carton or plastic cover (various sizes); purpose: mattresses 
  • Wardrobe; purpose: clothes and drapes 
  • Protecting chandelier container; purpose: chandeliers/light fixtures 
  • Small carton (2 cu. Ft.); purpose: books and small, heavy items 
  • Medium carton (4 cu. Ft.); purpose: groceries, pots and pans, small appliances 
  • Large carton (5 cu. Ft.); purpose: linen, stuffed toys and light, bulky items 
  • Utility cartons; purpose: brooms, mops, garden tools, guns and other loose items 
  • Small china 12″ x 12″ x 16″ fragile items, glassware, china, flatware 
  • Large china 17-3/4″x 17-3/4″x 28″ fragile items, glassware, china, flatware 
  • Mirror* 37-1/2″x3-3/4″x 27-3/4″-59″ small mirrors, pictures, paintings, flat glass 
  • Two mirror boxes can be purchased & taped together to create a larger mirror box. 


Bubble cushioning; purpose: wrapping of dishes and other fragile items 
Packing paper; purpose: wrapping of breakables 
Stretch wrap; purpose: covering sofas and chairs to prevent soiling 
Tape; purpose: sealing cartons 
Tape gun – automatically cuts tape 
Clean newspaper – not a real newspaper the newsprint on a roll – the real newspaper leaves ink on everything. 
Plastic mattress bags 
Tissue paper or foam wrap for delicate items 
Garage Sale

Some plants will not survive the trip plan on taking these in your car or find new homes for them. 
Moving is tough, but it can also be an opportunity. This is the perfect time to get rid of the extra “stuff” you’ve accumulated. Take it one room at a time and prepare to make tough decisions. Lighten your load! 
Survey each room and ask yourself: 
Does this have sentimental or monetary value? 
Does anyone really use it? 
Is it worth lugging around? 
Is there room for it in our new home? 
If the item in question doesn’t make the cut, ditch it! Plan a yard sale, post an online auction or simply donate anything that does not meet your criteria. This is a great way to earn a little extra cash or another tax deduction. 
If you need to store some of your goods, it’s a good idea to tour the warehouse of the mover you’re planning to use. Look for cleanliness, organization, security, etc. 
Eat a Lot

Start using up items that can’t be moved to your new home. Properly dispose of flammable or potentially hazardous chemicals. This would include anything in an aerosol can, cleaning and lighting fluids, paint, matches and ammunition.

Eat foods that are frozen or stored in glass jars and don’t plan on replacing these items until you are in your new home. 

Notify hydro, gas, water, telephone and cable companies to advise of disconnect dates and schedule reconnections at your new home.

  • Post office
  • Relatives and friends
  • Phone
  • Hydro
  • Water
  • Gas
  • Fuel
  • Cable TV
  • Water treatment
  • Doctor(s)
  • Dentist
  • Lawyer
  • Veterinarian
  • Insurance company
  • Health insurance
  • Income tax
  • Family allowance
  • Veteran’s affairs
  • Canada pension plan
  • Old age security
  • Motor vehicle/driver’s license
  • Banks/trust companies
  • Credit cards
  • Diaper service
  • Department stores
  • Dry cleaner
  • Drug store
  • Cleaning service
  • Schools
  • Clubs/camps
  • Sports
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Mail order houses
  • Book & record clubs
  • Arrange to have keys for your new home.
  • Paper Work

Check into the laws and requirements of your new city regarding home-based businesses, professional tests, business licenses and any special laws that might be applicable to you.

Pick-up or e-mail change of address notices to magazines, charge cards, home and auto insurance companies and clubs or organizations. 

Cancel paper delivery or other home services, i.e. Lawn, bottled water 
Don’t forget your records: obtain copies of family medical and dental records have school records transferred. 

Check out your insurance policy: check your homeowners’ policy to see what coverage you have during the move. Get extra coverage, if necessary. 
Close out or transfer bank accounts. 

Collect valuables from safe-deposit box. Make copies of any important documents before mailing or hand carry them to your new address. Save all your receipts: many costs involved in a move may be tax deductible. Check with your accountant or tax advisor. 

Take inventory of your belongings before they’re packed in the event you need to file an insurance claim later. If possible, take pictures or videotape your belongings. Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.