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:
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
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.