Before you move

Book the movers. You can choose to have the movers pack everything, or just the breakables, or you can pack yourself. It's a good idea to obtain estimates from several different companies.

If you own your present home:

• Arrange to have our gas, water, and electric meters read on the day you leave and have the bills forwarded to your new address.

• Have your oil tank read and filled before your sale closes, and provide a receipt to your legal professional if required.

• If the water heater or furnace is rented, arrange for a transfer of the rental agreement to the purchaser.

• Disconnect your telephone, cable TV, and water softener.

If you rent your present home:

• Give necessary written notice to your landlord and make arrangements for the return of any monies you have on deposit.
At your new home: 

• Make arrangements for the gas and electric utilities, water softener, telephone and cable TV to be connected on the day the sale closes.


• Get "Change of Address" cards from the post office and send out well before moving day.

• Have the post office forward your mail to your new address.

• Cancel any contracted services and pre-authorized cheques.

• Inform gardening, dry cleaning, garbage pick-up, newspapers, magazines, diaper and other home services. Arrange for service at your new address.

• Obtain a letter of introduction from your current branch to help establish new accounts. Transfer trust or bank accounts and securities.

• Cancel or transfer social, athletic, civic, religious or business affiliations and memberships.

• Arrange for transfer of medical, dental, prescription and optical records.

• Change the address on your driver's license(s) effective the day of the move.

• Collect all items out for cleaning, repair or storage. e.g. fur coats, dry cleaning.

• Make special arrangements for the moving of perishables, such as plants.

• Make special arrangements for the moving of your pets.

• Dispose safely of all flammable liquids as it is illegal for movers to carry them.

23 January 2018


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