What to Include on Your Flawless Moving Out Checklist
It is getting close to moving day, and you feel that your move is under control. It is, if you followed expert advice and planned your move well. You chose a reputable moving company, who sent an experienced moving consultant to your home to discuss your needs and provide you with options that meet your requirements and your budget. This representative has provided you with a detailed cost estimate so there won’t be any unpleasant surprises when the move takes place.
If you are a university or college faculty member or a student, who has very specific service needs or timing requirements, these can be incorporated into your individual moving plan. Ask your moving representative if they have any special programs for people in this category.
Many items are probably already ticked off on your moving out checklist, and notification has been made to the companies or organizations that need to be advised about your upcoming move. By now, you should have:
- Notified your home/property and car insurance broker
- Notified Canada Post to arrange to have mail forwarded
- Notified your local utilities companies to arrange for disconnection of service
- Notified your cable provider to arrange for disconnection and returned any equipment to them (modem, PVR boxes)
- Notified telephone service provider to arrange for disconnection of landline
- Notified newspaper company to discontinue home delivery
- Advised any magazine companies that you subscribe to of the new address
- Notified any of regular service providers (lawn cutting, pool service, snow removal etc.) to discontinue service
- Arranged to have school records forwarded to a new school or get copies to take personally
- Obtained copies of medical, dental, optometrist or veterinarian records
Now with moving day creeping closer and closer, it is time to create a final “moving out” checklist which will keep things under control and help to reduce your stress levels on moving day. In terms of the physical move, there are a number of things that you are responsible for that need to be taken care of before the movers arrive. They include:
- If you have chosen to do some or all of your own packing of contents, take stock of your progress to date. Do you need more packing material to finish the job (cartons, packing paper and tape)? If so, contact your moving company representative and arrange to purchase more professional quality packing material at a reasonable cost.
- Will you have all of the packing completed the day before you are scheduled to move out? Ifyour possessions are not all packed when the movers arrive, this will cause delays and extra costs. If you feel you will not finish the job in time, then contact your moving representative at least a day or two before moving day and arrange for them to send one or more of their professional packers to your home to complete the job. They will revise your estimate based on the additional service being performed.
Removal of Items Affixed to Walls
- Movers do not remove items affixed to walls or ceilings, so if you are planning on taking drapery track, curtain rod brackets, blinds etc., be sure to remove these items before the movers arrive.
Flammables and Non Admissibles
- Your moving representative should have provided you with a list of items that cannot travel on the moving van. These include aerosols, paint, cleaning fluids, oily rags, ammunition and other dangerous and flammable goods. If you contracted with the mover to do all of your packing, then their packers will have made sure that none of these items are included in your shipment. If you are doing your own packing, be sure to dispose of these items in advance. In the event that you pack any of these non-admissible items and there is a fire or explosion on board the moving van, you would be 100% liable for all of the damage to your shipment, other shipments on board and the truck. So be sure to discard any potentially hazardous goods.
- Use up all of your perishable and frozen food at least a few days before your move. Occasionally, on a very short move, (a few miles) the mover can take a freezer with contents on the truck. It would have to be plugged in immediately at arrival of the new home. However, this is generally not recommended since the mover is not liable for any spoiled food.
- You should thoroughly clean and dry out your refrigerator or freezer 24-48 hours before the move. Put a charcoal filter or baking soda fridge pack inside and leave the doors open so that the appliances have time to thoroughly dry before being moved.
- Appliances like washers and items like grandfather clocks need special servicing before and after the move. Make arrangements with a licensed service person or ask your moving representative to do so on your behalf.
Following a “moving out” checklist will help keep your organized on moving day.