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REW’s EPIC Moving House Checklist (with Printable PDF)

By REW (Real Estate Wire) May 17, 2021

Moving homes can be exciting, and daunting at the same time.

It might feel like you have so much to do, so much to organise, that you don’t even know where to begin.

Do not worry! We’re here to assist you, with our EPIC moving house checklist, and some really handy tips that you can use in order to ensure that everything is taken care of before you even pack your first box.


Things to do When Moving House

Before moving house in Canada, there are a number of actions you can take which will make the entire process a lot smoother, and you can tick off each item on your checklist, with the knowledge that you’re making your move as easy as possible.

Here are eight of some of the most important things to do when moving:

  1. Schedule your mail to be forwarded to your new address with Canada Post.

  2. Get boxes and moving supplies and ensure that you get the right moving company for your needs. Read further down in this article for the best way to find the best moving company for you.

  3. Contact your local phone services company to set up a line at your new home.

  4. Go through all the items in your house. Separate them into things that you want to keep, things that you want to donate to charity because you’re not using them, things that need to be returned to the person you borrowed them from, and things that you want to throw in the trash. This will make packing so much easier.

  5. Change your address on all your official documents, such as your driver’s license, insurance etc.

  6. If you have children, ensure that they’re enrolled at a new school if you’re moving far away.

  7. If you have any contracts or memberships relevant to the house, such as a home delivery service, or a phone line, be sure to notify all the relevant companies that you’re either cancelling or transferring your membership to your new address.

  8. This may sound obvious, but sit down for a moment, and think to yourself: “What is relevant to my house here, and when I leave, will anyone or any particular company wonder where I am?” This will help you think about things that may have slipped your mind, and will help you avoid any mishaps later on.


Finalise Contracts

Contracts are not just the responsibility of your lawyer/conveyancer. It’s important that you wrap up any loose ends in your respective contracts, and ensure that all that’s required of you is fulfilled before you move home.


If You Are The Owner of the House Being Sold

Are you selling your house and buying another one somewhere else in Canada?

There a number of important documents that you may need to have in your possession before selling your current house:

  • The title deed (a document used to transfer ownership of assets, often land or automobiles)

  • Relevant surveys (it confirms a property’s boundary lines and legal description)

  • Tax receipts relevant to your property

  • Contracts which detail any renovations made to your house

  • Transferable warranties (which means that the current owner of the home can transfer the warranty to the next owner)

It’s also advisable to consult your lawyer, and make sure that any contracts relevant to either the sale of your current house, or the purchase of your future house are finalised and signed before you start the packing process.


If You Are Renting

If you’re renting your current place, you need to make sure that you’ve seen out your rental period. Meaning - if you signed a lease saying that you’ll be renting the place for 12 months, if you were to leave before the 12 months ended, you would normally need to pay a penalty for not fulfilling your end of the contract.

Have a look at the rental contract that you signed, and read carefully again through all the terms. If anything is confusing, or ambiguous, it’s wise to seek out the help of a lawyer who can assist you with the legal process and/or terminology.

You’ll also need to give notice to the person that you’re renting from. The rental contract should have a clause which specifies the notice period. This means that there is a predetermined time in which to give notice to your landlord that you are moving homes. It could be anywhere from one month to several months.

It’s wise to only give notice to your current landlord that you’re leaving, once you have finalised the contract for the new place that you’re moving into. If not, you could be left in a very difficult situation, where your new home is not a certainty, and your current place is already on the market for other tenants to rent.


Packing Made Easy

Packing doesn’t need to scare you. We’ll share with you some really handy tips and tricks that you can use, and before you know it, it will all be done, and you’ll be ready to move!

Here are 8 of some of the best tricks and hints that you can use:

  1. As mentioned above, before you even start packing, separate your items into the different categories, so that you know what you’re keeping, and what’s going elsewhere, such as to charity.

  2. Have a designated packing zone. This can be in your living room or garage. You’ll need a large space, and make sure to keep it organised!

  3. Usually, even if you’re using a moving company, they will require you to pack the majority of the boxes by yourself. Be sure to label each box, so that nothing gets lost.

  4. Keep the momentum going. It’s easy to get sidetracked while packing, looking at long-lost items. You need to set yourself a set time to pack everything, and keep to it.

  5. Designate different areas of the house to different members of the house, so that everyone gets involved, and all share the responsibility.

  6. Valuables need to be kept super safe, so you might want to consider buying bubble wrap, or special wrapping paper to keep valuables from cracking or breaking during the moving process.

  7. It’s very important to go room by room when you’re packing. This ensures that nothing gets left behind. And there’s nothing like that wonderful sense of accomplishment when you know that you’ve completed a room and can move onto the next one with peace of mind.

  8. Sometimes, in order to move larger items, such as couches, beds and/or portable shelves, you’ll need to disassemble them in order for the moving company to be able to fit them through the door when taking them to the truck. It’s very important to keep all the little pieces, such as the nuts, bolts and screws that will help you reassemble everything perfectly in your new place.


Choosing the Right Moving Company

Now you’re ready to move home. You’ve found your next dwelling spot. But the question is, which Canadian moving company should you use to transport all your household items?


What to Consider When Choosing a Moving Company

Canada offers a wide variety of moving companies, all offering something different from the other. Which moving company is right for you depends on a variety of factors:

  • Are you moving within your city or to another city?

  • Are you moving to another country?

  • What size are the items you want to transport?

  • Do the movers come with recommendations from someone trustworthy?

  • What is your budget - how much can you afford to pay the movers? 


How to Verify your Moving Company

You’re going to want to ensure that your moving company is reputable before using them. Here are four important resources you can use to verify them:

  1. Do they have a good rating with The Better Business Bureau (BBB)?

  2. Are they listed in the directory of the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM)?

  3. Do they have mover’s insurance?

  4. Do they have worker’s compensation insurance?


Update All the Things

We don’t even always know it, but there are so many small things that become associated with our home over time. When moving house, be sure to update the following things, so that the relevant people and companies know where your new house is:

  1. Go through your personal contacts, and notify all the relevant people about the new address that you’re moving to.

  2. Do you have cable, or an internet company, or a gas company that you use at your current address? You’ll need to notify them, cancel your contracts if need be and order new memberships for your new address.

  3. Do your healthcare professionals - doctors, dentists, vets etc. know about your move? You may need to provide them with your new address.

  4. Do you have any subscriptions or financial products, such as a credit card? You’ll need to contact your bank and other relevant offices and/or companies to inform them that you’re moving.

  5. Have you informed all the relevant Canadian government agencies and offices about your upcoming move, such as the health department and the post office?


The REW Moving House Checklist

We’ve put together the most user-friendly moving house checklist in Canada. It has all the instructions you’ll need to follow when moving house.


Get the Checklist (PDF)


Visit REW to access all the Canadian property information and market trends you’ll need to assist you with moving into your new home.

Happy packing, and we hope your new home brings you lots of joy and happiness!

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