Moving Checklist for your Comox Valley Home


Congratulations! You've sold your home. Moving from one place to another, sometimes community to another, is both a time of great excitement and great stress. Here are some tips:

Getting Ready:

  • Designate one drawer or a dresser for first-night essentials (sheets, towels, toiletries, plates). Load this last, unload it first.

  • Reduce your load by having a garage sale or donating to local charity beforehand.

  • Pack seldom-used or out-of-season items ahead of time

  • Notify friends & relatives of your move.

  • If you have kids, arrange all documents for changing kid's schools

  • Gather all important personal, insurance, medical and dental documents

  • Arrange disconnect and re-connect of utilities and telephone service

  • Transfer banking (savings accounts, personal loans) to the new location

  • Go to the Post Office and submit change-of-address forms

  • Start using up all of your perishable and frozen foods


  • Keep your pets out of the way (or at a friends house) during loading

  • Pack your seldom used things in advance (like a waffle iron)

  • Make sure you declare your valuables with the moving company

  • Pack heavy items in small boxes, light items in larger boxes

  • Label each box by room and items

  • Remove bulbs from lamps

  • Put pictures in boxes between blankets or towels for protection

  • Stack plates and record albums on end vertically, not flat and stacked

  • Dispose of flammable liquids

  • Pick up dry-cleaning

Finishing Off:

  • Clean all appliances, including the oven. Defrost the fridge 24 hours before you plan to leave

  • After cleaning the refrigerator, put a half-cup of coffee grinds or baking soda in a sock to keep it smelling fresh

  • Wash interior and exterior kitchen and bathroom cabinets

  • Wash window sills and glass

  • Wash bathroom mirrors

  • Clean toilet and showers/tubs

  • Vacuum, sweep & mop throughout

  • This is a good time to have your rugs professionally cleaned

  • Check all shelves, closets and cabinets for items

  • Before the van leaves for your destination, give the driver a phone number where you can be reached

  • Write down your move Registration Number in case you have any questions.

  • Wrap plants well for cold-weather moving (layers of cleaner bags are great). In hot weather, keep them away from windows and exterior walls of vans.

Paige Owen