Mackay & McLean Share A Moving Checklist to Help You With Your Move!

In this Mackay & Mclean real estate tip we provide a moving checklist for you to rent off and check off! 

[ ] If you are moving into (or out of) a high-rise condominium apartment, contact the property manager to book the use of the moving elevator. A security deposit may be required.

[ ] Consider starting a moving expenses book. Some expenses may be tax deductible (e.g. moves more than 40 Km’s, for employment), so be sure to save the receipts and consult your accountant.

[ ] Get written estimates from at least two moving companies and make sure the movers know all the items which are to be included. Do not include jewelry or other small valuables which you should move yourself.

[ ] Don’t be misled by rates – inquire about additional charges and methods used (especially if the moving might extend beyond 5 p.m.). Most movers charge a flat rate for one hour for transport time to the pick-up location and from the delivery location back to the truck’s home base.

[ ] Ask for references from movers.

[ ] Movers’ Insurance is usually minimal. Check that the movers’ insurance will pay replacement cost of goods which are lost. You may need to purchase additional coverage. Notify your own insurance company of the move and ask for the policy to be reviewed.

[ ] If furniture is to be stored, what does the insurance policy cover?

[ ] Get a written commitment from the moving company confirming the date of the move and the time of arrival.


Post Office (1 – 888 – 267 – 1177): Register your change of address with the post office and obtain a supply of Change Of Address cards.

(consider asking for mail-redirection and cost) and get Change of Address cards ·

Provincial Health Insurance Authority for the province you are moving out of, and the one that you are moving into. If it is within the same province, notify them. ·

Driver’s License ·

Bank/Trust Companies ·

Credit Card Companies ·

Professionals: Doctor, Dentist, Optometrist, Chiropractor, Accountant, Investment Advisor, etc. ·

Newspaper and Magazine Subscriptions (cancel or change delivery address).

[ ] Contact your bank manager. Arrange for the transfer of all accounts, personal loans, etc., if required.

[ ] Order cheques for new address.

[ ] Begin mailing change of address cards. Keep a list of cards sent.

[ ] Gather together all important documents. Don’t forget the pet’s documents.

[ ] Resign from any clubs or organizations that are not active in your new community.

[ ] As you pack, consider numbering all cartons and noting their room destination (e.g. kitchen).

[ ] Take a good look at what is worth taking and what is not. Be ruthless.

[ ] Have a garage sale. Get rid of all the junk you don’t need to take.

[ ] Clean out club and school lockers.

[ ] Arrange for the changeover of utilities, including telephone.

[ ] Reconfirm the booking of a freight elevator if you are moving into or out of an apartment.

[  ] Make a floor plan of the new home (if you have access to it prior to closing) and plan where everything will go. Don’t guess – take measurements.

[  ] Start packing.

[   ] Number all of the boxes. Keep an inventory list. Mark the contents on each of the boxes. Make two copies of the contents list for each box. Keep one with your inventory lists, put the other inside each appropriate box just before you close them all up. Seal boxes.

[  ] Return all items that you have borrowed, get back what you have loaned. 

[  ] Prepare a list of all items you want to take with you personally. Include all jewelry and valuable items which should not be entrusted to movers.

[  ] Dismantle and/or unfasten anything that requires it.

[  ] Prepare a list of everything else that is left.

[  ] Reconfirm the booking for the moving company.

[  ] Defrost and air dry the deep freezer and/or fridge.

[  ] Arrange for any furniture not being moved to be removed (including any items to be re-upholstered).