Moving Checklist



As your moving day approaches, there are ton of things to plan and do!

To help you out and minimize the stress, here is our home moving checklist. It includes a timeline of what to do and when, recommended movers, cleaners, utility company phone numbers etc. as well as some tips to make the move as smooth as possible.

Keep in mind that you may not get your keys until 5pm on the day of closing so be sure to check the calendar to move the day after if possible.


  • Hire a moving company and be sure to get written confirmation of all your costs and details of your move for your records.
    • Our favorite is Toronto Movers – 416-652-6613.  They have never had a truck ‘breakdown’, they are efficient, friendly, fair and careful!
  • Don’t forget to order wardrobe boxes for hanging items
  • TIP: Weekends and holiday long weekends are busy times for movers and truck rental companies. Book far in advance (at least 2 to 3 months) to ensure you get a moving truck for the day you need to move.



  • Start collecting the envelopes of any mail you receive – that way you can see over 2 months who needs to be notified of your change of address:
    • Banks
    • Doctors & Health Care Providers
    • Schools
    • Employers
    • Delivery services
    • Lawyers, Accountant
    • Family & Friends
  • File your change of address and arrange for forwarding with Canada Post (they now offer some services to help notify suppliers of your new address!)
  • Schedule transfer of utilities
    • Phone
    • Internet
    • Cable
    • Water
    • Garbage
    • Gas
    • Electricity
    • Alarm Service


  • No sense moving what you don’t want to keep. Go through your home and determine what you want to keep and what you want to throw out or donate.
    • TIP: Cerebral Palsy will pick up any clothing or household items as a donation. Give them a call at 416-244-0899 to find out your area’s next pick up date or book them to come over.
    • TIP: If you have junk to remove, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK
  • Make a list of items in your home that need extra attention while moving or special packing instructions (i.e. computers, televisions, china, etc.)
  • If you have children and you are moving to a new school district, start arranging the school transferring process.
  • Order boxes and moving supplies:
    • packing tape
    • bubble wrap and newspaper
    • tissue paper (grocery bags are great to protect dishes/glassware!)
    • box cutter or Exacto knife
    • sharpies – in multiple colours!
    • basic tool kit
    • trash bags (contractor trash bags are great)
    • labels , ziplock bags
  • Contact your home insurance company and provide them will all of the details of your new home to set up the insurance.
  • TIP: Have a copy of the MLS listing with you when you call as many of the details they will be asking will be on the listing.   Also ensure you know approximately when the home was built.



  • Once you are ready to start packing, colour code your boxes by 3 categories: RED – unpack same day GREEN – unpack within the week BLUE – unpack later / storage
  • Make sure you label each box by the room they are going in to and put a few notes of the contents.
  • For any items you are moving or for any items you want to have out for moving day, ensure you label them as DO NOT MOVE
  • Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break.
  • Take a photo of how your electronics are connected so you can remember where and how all the wires go.




  • Most purchase and sale agreements state that a home be left in broom swept condition.  If you are getting early possession, clean prior to the move.
  • You may want to book a service clean the house you are leaving.  There’s nothing worse that being exhausted from moving out of your home, and having to go back and clean later on!
  • TIP: European Cleaners are great for move-in, move-out cleans (905) 630-3330.
  • When taking down pictures, tape the hooks to the back…when you move in you’ll always have the right hanging part handy!
  • Make arrangements for kids, pets and any valuables that will need to be moved separately.
  • Cancel home services for your old place and transfer if necessary:
    • Newspaper & water delivery
    • Housecleaning
    • Lawn/garden, pool maintenance
  • Check furniture for damages and take photos for record keeping.
  • Contact your lawyer to get a copy of the adjustments so you are prepared for any additional costs at closing, i.e. owing the previous home owner for any prepaid property taxes.
  • Ensure your lawyer has all of the information necessary to complete the closing.



  • Keep out 2 containers (a laundry basket or plastic storage bin) for:
    • toilet paper, paper towel & cleaning supplies
    • a basic set of cutlery, mugs, plates
    • bed linens, pillows
    • tool kit
  • In the suitcases, pack as if you are going away for 2-3 days.   At the end of the day you won’t have to search for things in boxes in order to eat, clean and go to sleep!
  • Confirm all moving details and how they want to be paid – if tipping ensure you have cash on hand.
  • It’s always nice to have refreshments on hand like bottled water and someone who can do a coffee run.
  • Plan to have one person at the house during pack up and another person at the new house to ensure it’s ready for the movers.
  • Label the bedrooms so they know which boxes go to which room.
  • Walk the movers through the rooms to let them know where you want the boxes staked (and add a label to the wall!)
  • Leave 2-3 manila sized envelopes with your name & number in case you still get mail so the new home owner can call you to pick it up
  • Clean out your fridge and freezer and move to the new home prior to the move if possible – if not throw out or give away the food or use a cooler to keep them preserved on moving day



  • Take the time to walk the movers through the home – old and new
  • Ensure you have one person (ideally whoever did the packing!) standing at the door to direct the movers with each box or piece of furniture – Have one more person on hand to get coffee/water/food, help movers with furniture placement
  • While everything is being packed up at your current home, have someone go to the new house and check if the fridge is clean to your satisfaction, etc.
  • Remove bedding and take apart beds (most moving companies will do this)
  • If you are dismantling your own beds, put all of the hardware in a ziplock bag and tape it to the bed
  • Walk through the home to ensure nothing is left – check all drawers, closets and check behind doors!
  • Leave the manila envelopes for any left over mail and your contact information for the new home owners.
  • Perform an initial inspection of the new home to note any major damage – take photos if needed
  • Assemble beds and get bedding set up
  • Start unpacking in the kitchen, then bathrooms, then bedrooms
  • Take a break and celebrate your move!



  • Replace locks if necessary and make at least 2 copies of your keys.
  • Confirm all previous utilities have been paid for or cancelled.
  • Confirm address change updates (some will require you to have proof of your new address such as a utility bill)
    • Banks
    • Credit Cards
    • Loans
    • Insurance
    • Pension Plans
    • Heath Plans
    • Lawyers
    • Accountant
    • Doctors and healthcare providers
    • Family support
    • Newspapers & Magazines
    • Licenses
    • Memberships
    • Drivers license and vehicle registration
    • Home insurance
  • Once you have settled in, make sure to meet your neighbours – studies show people who know their neighbours are happier!