Moving tips | SO&Co.
Moving tips

A few tips for a smooth move.

Book the movers
  • You can choose to have movers pack everything in the home, just the breakables – or, pack yourself. If you decide on movers, it’s a good idea to get estimates from a few reputable companies.
If you own your current home
  • Arrange to have your gas and electric meters read on the day you leave, and have the bill forwarded to your new address.
  • Have the oil tank read and filled before your sale closes, and provide a receipt to your legal professional (if required).
  • If your water heater and/or furnace are rented, arrange for a transfer of the rental agreement to the purchaser.
  • Disconnect your phone, cable, and water softener.
If you rent your current home
  • Give the necessary written notice to your landlord and make arrangements for the return of any money you have on deposit.
At your new home
  • Make arrangements for gas, electric utilities, water softener, phone, and cable to be connected on the possession date.
General tips
  • Get change of address cards from the post office and send them out well before moving day.
  • Have the post office forward mail to your new address.
  • Cancel any contracted services and pre-authorized cheques.
  • Inform gardening, dry cleaning, garbage pickup, newspapers, magazines and other home services. Arrange for these services at your new address.
  • Cancel or transfer any social, athletic, civic, religious, or business affiliations and memberships.
  • Arrange for transfer or medical, dental, prescription, and optical records.
  • Change the address on your driver’s license, effective the day of the move.
  • Collect all items out for cleaning, repair, or storage.
  • Make special arrangements for the moving of perishables such as plants.
  • Make special arrangements for moving your pets.
  • Safely dispose of all flammable liquids, as it is illegal for movers to carry them.