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  1. 1. MOVING CHECKLISTUTILITIES• Gas• Electric & Water• Telephone Land & Cell• Long Distance Carrier• Cable/Internet/SatelliteINSURANCE• Life• Accident• Property• Business• VehiclesPEOPLE/ORGANIZATIONS• Friends• Relatives• Church• BusinessAssociates• Athletic HealthClubPROFESSIONAL SERVICES• Doctor• Dentist• Lawyer• Broker• Accountant• Specialists• Forward New EmailGOVERNMENTOFFICES• Schools,Library• OHIP• VehicleRegistration• Post Office• Income Tax• Old Age Security• Canada PensionPlanPRE-CLOSING DATE• Sent DownPayment• Telephone Installed• Meet WithMortgagor• LawyerAppointment• Booked Movers• Final Visit NewHome• Keep List Close!BUSINESS ACCOUNTS• Banks• Credit Card• Department Stores• Dry Cleaner• Drug StorePUBLICATIONS• Newspaper• Magazines• Mail Orders• Movies• Online PaySourcesMOVING DAY• Drop off Keys• All Meters Read• TelephonesDisconnect• Windows Locked• Pick Up New Keys• Obtain kids school transfer documents• Register kids in new school• Inquire when trash and recycle day is at new residence for movers• Have a recent photo of pet handy for use if pet gets lost• Get a pet I.D. tag with new address and phone number• Arrange elevator and parking reservation• Collect your lent out items from neighbors
  2. 2. CHOOSING A MOVERTrained professionals work in uniformsRelocation can be one of the most exciting endeavors you may experience in life. The challenge ofpioneering your family to a new home, community, and job opportunity can be full of rewards if you takethe time to make the moving process easier. It is not without reason that moving is cited as one of themost psychologically harrowing experiences, but it doesnt have to be. If you do some planning inadvance, a little homework to find the best moving professionals, and learn about the process you willfind much of the tension of moving is relieved.Finding the best mover for your particular needs and at the right price involves a simple evaluation ofyour needs ...Choose your mover at least four to six weeks in advance of your moving date.Try to avoid booking long weekends. That is the highest rate time period.When you compare price and service estimates from several moving companies, you will find thatestimates are based on the weight of your household items; the distance they will be moved, and theamount of packing and other services you will require. Be sure to show the estimator every single itemthat will be moved.Find out their payment policy.Negotiations with your mover should include a clear understanding of rates and charges that will apply,the movers liability for your belongings, pick-up & delivery schedules, and claims protection. Forexample, if you decide to pack some of your own things, your mover may not be liable.Make arrangements for moving your plants. Moving companies do not typically assume responsibility forthem.
  3. 3. Keep an eye out for....Clean trucks with proper moving pads & equipmentInsured & bonded serviceReasonably priced boxes and packing suppliesCourteous movers and staffFree, no obligation estimatesTIPS TRICKS & TOOLSYou can speak with the manager of your local grocery store to provideyou with various sized boxes. Liquor stores are useful for smaller fragile treasures. An economical way totransfer hung clothing from closets is to tie a plastic twist around a group of hangers. Then cover with alarge green bag, cutting a hole in the top for hangers. Label bags for placement order in new closets withmasking tape.Along With these items, wardrobe boxes & other specialty boxes can be purchased at the local movingor shipping companies.Use proper packing materials. It will pay off in the long run!
  4. 4. SPECIALTY BOXESWardrobe Carton; Large carton with hanger bar for clothes from closetsDish Pack; Extra Sturdycorrugated carton of double-wall construction for all breakables - china, dishes, crystal etc. Cellulardividers available.Book Carton; 2 cubic feet; A small easy to handle carton designed for heavy itemsMedium Box 4 cubic feet; pots & pans, toysLarge Square 5 cubic feet; Bulk items, lamp shades, linensMirror Carton; Telescoping cartons fit almost any picture, mirror or glassMattress Carton; Available in king, queen, double, single (twin) and crib. You need one for every boxspring and every mattress.PACKING TIPSAgreat way to save time is to use a system of coloured labels. Buy large office labels in 6 to 8 coloursto denote different parts of the house. (Eg; Yellow for kitchen etc). Colour coding can be a quick visualreference for all helpers!Pack from least - to - most importantCollect valuables to be taken on your person. (ie:. jewelry, documents)Pack one room at a time, labeling each box (on top and side) with a description of its contents and whichroom the box belongs in.Label boxes with breakables or sentimental items "fragile"Always pack heaviest objects on bottom and work up to those lighter or breakable.Packing dishes can be the most time consuming part of preparing for your move. Wrap them withinexpensive paper towels. Newspaper is a mess! When you unpack, you can re-use the paper towels forcleaning.Pack plates on edge, not flat.Make sure the movers will have a clear path to all furniture throughout the home. Stack boxes againstwalls. Make sure any items which you will be taking yourself are clearly marked and set aside.Secure drawers & cabinet doors! Masking tape holds well and removes wellAlways pack lamp shades in boxes. Remove light bulbs from all lampsDo not pack unnecessary liquids. Pack all liquids in 1 or 2 boxes and clearly label them LIQUIDS andTHIS WAY UP to avoid spillage.Tape long items like garden tools or hockey sticks in bundles.Disconnect computers & stereo systems labeling the wires with masking tape to make re-connectioneasier. ***Back up your email address book. You never know. *** Remove CDs from player.Involve all family members. Not only does it lessen the work load, but it involves them and gives inputinto their new life.Wrap plants well for cold - weather moving. (layers of dry cleaning bags are great) In hot weather keepthem away from windows and exterior walls of vans.
  5. 5. FOR THE CAR "JUST IN CASE!"Whether you are moving across town or across the country, its a good idea to pack a box of basicnecessities and if possible transport the box with you to your new home rather than putting it in a movingtruck. In case of any unforseen delays in the arrival of your belongings you wont be completelyinconvenienced. This also means you wont have to dig through stacks of boxes to find these items.SOME MUST HAVES ARE:• Bottled Water• Prescription Medicines, Tylenol!!• Coffee Mugs, Tea, Instant Coffee, Coffee Maker• Shampoo• Soap, Wash Clothes & Towels, Toothbrush and Paste• Shower Curtain• Paper Plates, Plastic Utensils• Pens & Paper• Paper Towels, J-Clothes, Dishwash Detergent• Hand Tools• Cell Phones & Chargers, Land Line Phone• Remote Controls• Bathroom Tissue• Trash Bags, Scissors• Kids Video Games!!!MARK THIS BOX "DO NOT MOVE!"
  6. 6. DONT FORGET!Drain fuel and oil from all motorized tools - lawn mower etc. Leave fuel cap off until moving day.Drain and remove water hosesRemove propane tank & charcoal from barbecue.Defrost & clean fridges and freezers. Charcoal inside will control odors. Fridges and freezers will need toremain unplugged for a minimum one hour after they have been moved.Water plants. They should be moist but not wet for moving day.Remove curtains and hardware. Use masking tape & baggies to secure screws to rods for ease.Make sure that everything your are going to take with you is in the car before movers arrive.Leave all available manuals from home appliances - furnace - pool - etc. on kitchen counter for newowners.Exchange cell phone numbers with moving truck driver.HAPPY MOVING DAY !