Plan ahead for a stress-free move

Planning ahead is a basic notion that helps in times of great change. A move is always considered to be one of the most stressful events in one’s lifetime, especially when people are moving to a recently acquired property. By following these steps, you’ll make sure everything goes well and according to plan:

Two to three months before moving

  • Get estimates from at least 3 moving companies. If you’re planning a “do it yourself” move during the “busy season” keep in mind that rental trucks should be booked well in advance as well.

Eight weeks before moving

  • Take care of change of address with Canada Post. Their site is accessible directly from my web site;
  • Notify your newspaper delivery person, milkman and anyone else who delivers products to your home on a regular basis.

Six weeks before moving

  • If you are moving out of town, review with your doctor the names and dosages of any renewal medications.

Four weeks before moving

  • Contact all utility companies for your old and new addresses to arrange for service to be disconnected and hooked up. They may include Bell Canada, Gaz Metropolitan, Hydro Quebec, internet service providers, television cable companies, alarm company;
  • Contact your credit card providers, governments (Provincial and Federal), your friends, Licence Bureau, Gazette, your doctors, insurance companies, etc;
  • Don’t forget to also make the address change for your Medicare cards, magazine subscriptions, etc;
  • Make arrangements at your bank to transfer accounts to a branch close to your new home;
  • Check with your insurance company to discontinue coverage at the old address and begin coverage at the new one;
  • Remember, if you are selling as well as buying, you must maintain coverage on your old home until the buyer’s occupancy date regardless of when the signing at the notary takes place;
  • Make sure you have packing boxes. If you don’t, get them.
Quebec's address changing tool

When the time comes to move to a new home, changing addresses might turn out to be really puzzling. That is why Quebec’s government created the Service québécois de changement d’adresse to make sure you don’t forget anything.

Three weeks before moving

  • Make arrangements for young children and pets to be cared for on moving day;
  • Pack things you won’t need during the coming weeks such as books, extra sets of dishes, blankets, bedding, and linens.

Two weeks before moving

  • Cardboard wardrobes are terrific for transporting clothing on hangers;
  • Make sure you have plenty of tape for sealing boxes, markers to label them, tissue paper and bubble wrap for packing breakables, “Fragile” stickers and a box cutter;
  • Prepare a floor plan of the new place so that on moving day you can direct movers to place furniture and boxes in the correct rooms. On the floor plan, assign a number to each room and give a copy of this plan to the movers;
  • Label your boxes and furniture with a number that corresponds to the room for which they are destined;
  • Put together a “survival box” with items you’ll need immediately upon arrival at your new place. It should include bottled water, juice boxes, non-perishable snack foods, paper plates and cups, plastic cutlery and paper towels. Don’t forget essentials like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, a screwdriver, a few light bulbs and anything else you think you may need.

One week before moving

  • Drain fuel from the lawnmower and other machinery;
  • Take down curtains, blinds, rods, and shelves.

On the last few days leading up to the move

  • Decide what items you need to function comfortably and pack everything else;
  • Consume the consumables, give away items you no longer want or need, and use your move as an excuse to clean. Leave your old home the way you’d like to find your new home the day you move in;
  • Memo to take the readings of electricity and gas meters.

On the day of your move

  • Make sure the movers understand your instructions. Have someone at each site (the old home and the new) to assist.