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PODS moving checklist and advice: Top tips for a less stressful move.
8 WEEKS before Moving Day
Get a PODS quote
(visit pods.com or call 800-776-7637).
Create a “Move File”
to keep track of all your estimates, receipts and other important information.
Contact your new municipality
to request new resident and community information.
Begin researching your new hometown
online. The Internet is a great resource for local online newspapers and community guides.
Create a floor plan of your new home
for furniture and appliance placement.
Prepare designs for your new home
by contacting carpenters, painters, plumbers, roofers and other tradesmen so your new home is ready when you move in.
Make an inventory of your household goods
and begin to remove clutter (start with the attic, basement, garage and other storage areas).
Prepare to have a moving sale
for Week 3.
Check with Revenue Canada or your accountant for possible tax deductions
including moving expenses.
6 WEEKS before Moving Day
Subscribe to a paper
in your new hometown.
Open a bank account
if your current bank does not have branches in your new community.
Ask your doctor and the Canada Health Agency for referrals
and obtain all medical records.
Have antiques, pieces of art, musical instruments and other valuables appraised.
Begin using frozen foods and cleaning supplies
that cannot be moved.
Make a list of friends, relatives and businesses
to notify of your move.
4 WEEKS before Moving Day
Schedule delivery of your PODS containers
(visit pods.com or call 800-776-7637).
Check with your insurance company
to confirm your possessions are covered during transit. Consider the amount of PODS Contents Protection you may wish to purchase.
Schedule connection of utility services at your new home
, including hydro, water, sewage, cable, Internet, telephone and trash disposal service.
Schedule the disconnection of utility services at your old home
. Don’t forget to disconnect the day after you move and connect the day before you arrive at your new home. If you have any “final month” deposits with services such as the electric company, don’t forget to request your refund.
File a change of address with Canada Post
or go online at
Purchase locks for your new home
or arrange to have them installed upon moving in.
Review PODS packing tips.
Arrange for cleaning and repair
of furniture, carpeting and drapes.
Make any necessary travel plans
for your move.
Gather personal and family records
including medical and dental, veterinary and school records, legal and financial documents, birth certificates, passports and insurance documents.
3 WEEKS before Moving Day
Hold your moving sale
or sell online via eBay. Donate leftover items to charities.
Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved or thrown out
such as chemicals, pesticides, flammable liquids and batteries.
Cancel newspaper delivery.
Change the address
of your current magazine subscriptions.
2 WEEKS before Moving Day
Service your car
in preparation of the move.
Return any borrowed items
such as library books, and retrieve all borrowed items.
Prepare auto registrations for transfer
if you are moving to another province.
Transfer all prescriptions
and be sure you have an adequate supply of medications.
Assemble a file folder of information
to leave for the new owner of your home.
Order new cheques
so they’re ready by moving day.
1 WEEK before Moving Day
Send change-of-address cards
to everyone who will need to contact you.
Assemble a backpack
with your checkbook, credit cards, phone records, identification, flashlight, keys, mobile phone charger, small camera, toiletries, paper plates and cups, towels, travel alarm clock, bottled water, first aid kit and games for the kids.
Pack a suitcase
with clothing and other personal items.
Pack a portable TV/stereo
as you may not get around to unpacking and connecting that big screen TV for a few days.
Make child care arrangements
for moving day.
THE DAY before Moving Day
Confirm your PODS container pickup, delivery date and address at your new home
(pods.com or 800-776-7637).
Make sure your PODS container padlock keys are in your possession.
Transfer your bank account
Have an adequate amount of cash
for any travel expenses you cannot pay for with a credit card.
Empty and close your safety deposit box
Drain power equipment of oil and gas.
Confirm any travel reservations.
Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator and freezer
at least 24 hours before moving day. Use the empty space to store household items.
Vacuum and make arrangements for disposing of any remaining trash.
Disconnect and prepare major appliances.
Separate anything that will travel in your car.
Pack a cooler
with drinks and snacks if you are traveling by car.
Pack a box of items that you will need right away at your new home
and label this box “load last.” Place closest to the PODS container door so that you can access it right away.
Check every room, cabinet, closet and attic one last time
before deciding everything is loaded.
If traveling with you, make sure you have an adequate supply of food, medications, leashes, travel cage and water dish packed in the car.
Take note of your utility readings.
Leave a note with your contact information in the house
so that the new residents can forward any items left behind and forward any stray mail.
Keep a friend or family member informed
of your moving schedule and contact information in case of an emergency or unforeseen event.
Be sure someone is at your new home when your PODS container is delivered.
Ensure your utilities have been connected.
Check your possessions carefully
as soon as possible and note any damaged items.
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