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2022 Moving List: 10 Things to Do Before You Leave

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D-Day, 9 am, you look at your moving list and bite your lip. The tension is palpable as you double-check everything for the umpteenth time! We've all been there...

To avoid the famous moving stress, here is our moving list with the top 10 things you ABSOLUTELY must not forget!

1. Make a Budget!

If only your moving budget included pizza and beer for your friends, then it really wouldn't be so bad.

Unfortunately, though, a move usually involves a number of fairly large expenses, so it’s important to remember to budget for the entire move.

  • The cost of the moving company;

  • The cost of gasoline (if you are moving far from your current home)

  • The cost of food you will need to buy at your new home

  • The cost of connecting your new internet service

  • Home insurance cost

  • Purchase of new furniture

  • The purchase of decorations

It's always better to know a little in advance what the total cost of such a change will be. Otherwise, you may have a nasty surprise!

2. Don’t Forget Your Address Changes

When you move, your address changes. However, too often people forget to change their address when they move. If you’re in Quebec, there is the Service Québécois de changement d’adresse. In a few clicks, no less than 6 departments are notified!

Once the change is made at a provincial level, make sure also to change it at a federal level.

Here are some other places where you will need to make a change of address:

  • Your bank 

  • Your insurer (car and home insurance)

  • Hydro-Québec 

  • Your internet, cellular, and television service provider

  • Your credit cards, if they are not affiliated with your bank accounts

  • Your employer

  • Subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, etc.

To avoid losing mail during this transition, you can also notify Canada Post. Your mail will then be redirected to your new address.

3. Sort Out and Keep the Essentials!

Making an inventory of your things should be one of the first things to check on your moving list! This is definitely a good time to sort through things, and make a list of what you really want to keep in your new home ;)

If you find that the old, heavy furniture your Aunt Sophie gave you for your first apartment doesn't really fit in your new condo, it might be time to let it go.

The mattress you've been carrying around since you left the family nest is probably worn out and good for recycling...

If you were planning to change your mattress, Polysleep Memory Foam Mattresses are delivered to your home free of charge, rolled up in a box, and ready to use in a few minutes! Since it's made in Montreal, you can count on fast delivery, right to your door.

Note that this is also a good time to do a good deed! There are organizations that can collect your used items. The Renaissance organization has created a list to help you know what you can and cannot give away.

4. Get the Necessary Tools/Accessories

To finalize the preparation for your move, make sure you have the following items in your possession:

  • Boxes (lots of boxes!) 

  • Duct tape 

  • Scissors 

  • Old newspapers (so you can wrap up fragile objects)

  • More boxes (because we're running out anyway).

5. Measure Your Furniture and Decorative Objects

Before you move all your furniture and your most beautiful frames, you should make sure that they will fit in the place you have planned.

Some furniture is so large that it simply won't fit in some homes. We've all had to deal with a recalcitrant fridge or sofa...

You can also take this opportunity to think about the logistics of moving. Is your new apartment on the fourth floor? Will you have access to the elevator? If so, will all your furniture fit?

Asking yourself these questions beforehand will avoid unpleasant surprises when you are in the thick of things.

6. Make Your Boxes!

Start boxing and packing up everything you won't need access to before you move.

In case you didn't know, there are some moving companies that offer discounts to people who make it easy for them to do their job, like people who have packed up their belongings already themselves.

This is why it’s a good reason to take the time to pack as many boxes as possible before the big day.

7. Hiring a Mover

If you want to save some money, your friends are probably the cheapest option!

Of course, they may not be available. They may be busy with their own move!

If you want to make things easier for yourself, we recommend that you contact the moving companies as soon as possible. These companies are often booked several weeks in advance and you may already be too late!

Here is a reminder of the things to check with your mover:

  • Confirm the moving date

  • Find out if they have insurance and exactly what it covers.

8. Prepare Your Mover’s Survival Kit!

Most of your stuff will probably end up at the bottom of your boxes... And honestly, there's nothing more frustrating than organizing a scavenger hunt on the big day!

Here's a list of a few things you should think about:

  • Scissors / Portable knife to open your cardboard boxes 

  • Garbage bags 

  • Toolbox

  • Water and snacks

  • Soap and a towel

  • And toilet paper.

Toilet paper? It may sound ridiculous, but trust us, you don't want to arrive in your new home on D-Day without this major item!

9. Preparing to Move Your Pets

A cat, a dog, a parakeet, or a Komodo dragon can get quite nervous on moving day.

Since you don't want your pets to escape through the door when the movers are going in and out, plan to have someone watch pets and keep them safe or reserve a room where you can put your pets so they are safe.

Also, think about the logistics of moving your furry/plumed/shorn friend. Will he or she be moved in a crate? Will it be at the beginning of the move, or at the end?

Answering these questions will both minimize your pet's anxiety and ensure their safety.

10. Visit Your New Neighborhood

Once everything is ready, one last thing to add to your moving list is a tour of your new neighborhood!

That way, if you get hungry or need energy on moving day, you'll already know where the nearest coffee shop is. And if you realize that you've lost an essential tool during the move, it won't hurt to know where the nearest hardware store is.

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Moving should not be stressful.

To ensure the greatest peace of mind, it's best to prepare in advance and find solutions to potential problems before they arise.

We hope this list of things to do when moving was useful to you. And on that note, we wish you a great move - full of surprises and fun!

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