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TWO MONTHS BEFORE MOVING

If you are planning to hire a mover, get a few estimates

If you will move yourself, get costs from at least two truck rental companies.

Create a floor plan of your new home for furniture and appliance placement.

Make an inventory of your household goods and begin to remove clutter (start with storage areas).

Start a file for all your moving paperwork (estimates, receipts, contact info at new location, etc.).

Arrange to transfer school records.

Choose a mover, or truck rental company.

If you plan on renovating your new home prior to moving, contact painters, carpenters, plumbers, roofers. Change the locks on all the doors in your new home.

SIX WEEKS BEFORE MOVING

Pick up change-of-address cards from Post Office and/or email new addresses to friends and associates.

Subscribe or preview online copies of the paper in your new hometown. Many Island communities have Newcomer clubs where you can meet new friends and learn more about your community.

Make arrangements for storage if necessary.

Have antiques, pieces of art, and other valuables appraised. Take a photo of these pieces for insurance purposes

Clean all closets and drawers. Get a goodwill box ready of items that you no longer use.

Start using foods and cleaning supplies that cannot be moved.

If moving from an apartment, give proper notice of moving to landlord

FOUR WEEKS BEFORE MOVING

Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one. Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive. If you have "last month" deposits with services, such as the telephone company, request your refund. Advise these same companies of your new contact information.

Start collecting boxes, totes or buy packing materials and start packing items you won't need until after you arrive at your new house. See our Packing Tips .

Arrange for cleaning and repair of furniture, drapes, and carpeting.

Check with your insurance company to see how your possessions are covered during transit.

Make any travel plans necessary for your move.

Gather personal and family records, including medical and dental, veterinary and school records; legal and financial documents; birth certificates, passports and insurance documents.

THREE WEEKS BEFORE MOVING

Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved, such as flammable liquids. If moving onto the Island, please check B.C. Ferries for regulations regarding carrying dangerous goods.

Prepare auto registration for transfer (if moving to another province).

If you are moving in or out of an apartment, arrange for use of the elevator.

Make child-care arrangements for moving day.

Hold your moving sale.

TWO WEEKS BEFORE MOVING

Arrange for disposal of anything not sold at your moving sale.

Service your car in preparation for the move.

Return any borrowed items (including library books) and retrieve any loaned items.

Cancel newspaper delivery.

Notify any creditors of your move.

Transfer prescriptions and be sure you have an adequate supply of medications on hand.

Assemble a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.

Pick up laundry -- Laundry tickets are easy to misplace, so ask for your things by name and not just by the receipts you have.

Pack a travel kit:
Put aside critical items like a checkbook, credit cards, personal phone book, ID, flashlight, keys, toiletries, tools, paper plates, cups, towels, travel alarm clock, aspirin, bandages and games for the kids. Also, pack a suitcase with clothing and other personal items.

DAY BEFORE MOVING

Transfer your bank accounts.

Close and empty your safe-deposit box.

Settle any bills with local businesses.

Drain power equipment of oil and gas. Drain water hoses.

Confirm any travel reservations.

Defrost refrigerator and freezer, propping doors open.

Let movers pack your belongings (unless it's a do-it-yourself move).

Disconnect and prepare major appliances for move.

Set aside anything that will travel in your car so it will not be loaded on the truck.

Pack a box of items that will be needed first at the new house. Clearly mark this box "Load Last."

On a long distance move ….prepare to pay before unloading.

Confirm arrival time of your moving van/truck.

If moving yourself, dismantle beds and other large furniture.

MOVING DAY

If using a mover, be sure someone is at the old house to answer questions.

Note all utility meter readings.

Read your bill of lading and inventory carefully before signing. Keep this paperwork in a safe place.

DELIVERY DAY

Check your belongings carefully and note on the inventory paperwork any damaged items.

Supervise unloading and unpacking.

Be prepared to pay your mover with cash, certified check, or traveler's checks unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

Property insurance, keep in mind that purchasers are responsible for their new property upon “Completion” date and not the “Possession” date which is generally at a later date.
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LORNE HUSSEY, REALTOR
REMAX Anchor Realty
113 West 2nd Avenue
Qualicum Beach V9K 1T5

Phone: 1-250-752-2466
Toll free: 1-800-668-3622
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Email: lhussey@remax.net

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