The Ultimate Home Moving Checklist for Canadians

Moving homes is an exciting endeavour, but the process of moving can be dreadful for most families and individuals who feel unprepared. You can relieve some of your stress with our tried and true, home moving checklist. Alberta First Choice Movers are here for you every step of the way.

Key Takeaways

  • Declutter your belongings and organize your items by room
  • Get packing boxes, tape, markers, bubble wrap and other packing supplies for your move
  • Keep important documents and essential items handy and available
  • Make a checklist for each room to make sure nothing is left behind
  • Find a professional moving company you can trust to help facilitate the move

Before You Move Essentials

Decluttering and Organizing

  • Go through your belongings room by room starting with your less used spaces.
  • Determine which items you will: keep, donate, sell or throw away.
  • For items you want to sell, you can utilize: Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace or have a garage moving sale.
  • For donations visit your local Goodwill or thrift shop to see if they are accepting any donations.
  • Label your boxes clearly for each room. Use small Ziploc bags for easily lost items.

Decluttering is an important step to save on moving costs and give yourself a fresh start in your new home.

Packing Supplies Needed for Your Move

  • Cardboard boxes (small, medium, large)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Small Ziploc Bags
  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Labels
  • Markers/Sharpies
  • Packing blankets
Wrapping items before moving homes in Edmonton
Alberta First Choice Professional Movers utilizing moving blankets to wrap and protect furniture.

Important Documents and Records

Make sure critical documents and records are secured with you and are easily accessible. Here's a quick checklist of important documents you may need:

  • Birth certificates and passports
  • Licenses (Drivers, Hunting, Fishing, etc.)
  • School records: (If you're moving with children)
  • Medical documents: (Vaccination records, prescriptions, and any ongoing treatment plans)
  • Financial records (Bank statements, tax returns, and investment documents)

Moving Day Tips and Tricks

Final Walk-Through and Checklist

This is your opportunity to make sure that everything is in order, and nothing is left behind. Here's a quick checklist to guide you through the process:

  • Check all rooms: Go through each room, including closets and storage areas. Look for any items that might have been missed.
  • Inspect repairs: If you've agreed to make repairs before leaving, confirm that they're all completed to the agreed standard.
  • Cleanliness: Leave the property clean and tidy. This is often a requirement in lease agreements.
  • Utilities: Ensure all utilities are turned off or transferred to the new owner. This includes electricity, water, and gas.
  • Keys and access: Collect all keys, garage openers, or access cards and prepare to hand them over.

Transportation and Moving Services

When it comes to transportation and moving services, it's crucial to have a plan in place. Here's a quick checklist to ensure a smooth transition:

  • Prepare for movers by doing an inventory of your belongings.
  • Secure a list of prohibited items from your moving company.
  • Disassemble furniture and disconnect appliances.
  • Properly pack and label your boxes by room.
  • Clear out a parking space and walkway for your movers.

Setting Up Your New Home

Unpacking and Organizing

  • Start with the essentials: Unpack the boxes you've set aside with your immediate items.
  • One room at a time: Start with the kitchen and bedrooms. From there go through the rooms one at a time starting with your most frequent rooms you use.
  • Take your time: Unpacking is an overwhelming process, give yourself grace and take your time going though each box.

Utilities and Services Setup

  • Utilities: This includes electricity, gas, and water. Make sure to schedule these services ahead of time.
  • Internet and TV services
  • Check your new city/town's garbage schedule and make sure you have your bins at your new place.
  • Insurance: purchase or transfer you home or renters insurance to your new residence.

Post-Move Essentials

Address Updates

Once you've settled into your new home, it's important to update your address to continue receiving mail and services without interruption. Start with the post office to forward your mail, then update your address with all the various institutions and service providers you use.

  • Notify banks and credit card companies to avoid any issues with billing or statements.
  • Contact insurance providers to transfer policies and update coverage.
  • Inform your children's schools to maintain records and correspondence.
  • Update utility companies (phone, cable, internet, gas, electric, water, trash).

Additionally, ensure you:

  • Register with local healthcare providers (GP, dentist, optician).
  • Update delivery addresses on retail sites like Amazon.

Frequently Asked Questions

What items should I prioritize when decluttering before a move?

Prioritize items you no longer use, need, or want. Consider donating, selling, or recycling clothes, books, electronics, and furniture that won't serve a purpose in your new home.

How can I ensure I don't forget any important documents during my move?

Create a checklist of essential documents such as passports, birth certificates, financial records, and legal papers. Keep them in a secure, clearly labeled folder and carry it with you on moving day.

What should I do on the final walk-through of my old home on moving day?

During the final walk-through, check all rooms, closets, and storage areas for any forgotten items. Ensure all lights are turned off, windows are closed, and doors are locked before leaving.

How do I set up utilities in my new home?

Contact utility providers ahead of your move to schedule disconnection at your old home and connection at your new one. This includes electricity, gas, water, internet, and cable services.

What are some tips for updating my address after I move?

Update your address with the postal service, bank, insurance, employer, and subscriptions. Don't forget to inform friends and family of your new address as well.