Burnaby Mover suggests that you customize your moving house checklist per your need. But the following would be great for reference.

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4-6 weeks before moving

  • Book your removal company and choose carefully. Establish your budget, obtain a written quotation and establish moving transit insurance. 
  • Organize Contents and Household Insurance for your new home.
  • Notify Electoral Office of your new address. Also Drivers Licence and Car Registration.
  • Complete a floor plan of your new home. It is for furniture placement. Measure the spaces to ensure your furniture will fit, particularly the fridge. Will large items fit through doors?
  • Prepare an inventory of everything you own. Note any scratches or dents.
  • Make a note of any precious items that require special care to move.
  • Dispose of everything that you don’t need.
  • Check any moving instructions for your washing machine. Check with the manufacturer.
  • In the kitchen, use up all opened packets. Dispose of goods past their use-by date.
  • Start to use up all food in the freezer.
  • Remember to sort through the garage, garden shed etc., under the house.
  • Gas cylinders and air bottles should be empty with valves open. Disposed of all flammable liquids.
  • Create a folder for all your moving documents.
  • Arrange to have your mail held or redirected to your new address.
  • Arrange School, Pre-School, Day-Care transfers.
  • Redirect or cancel newspaper and other subscriptions.
  • If traveling, organise passports and tickets. Also, visas, currency, credit cards, accommodation.

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    4-6 weeks before moving

  • Return borrowed or rented items.
  • Arrange a rubbish pick-up with the local Council.
  • Confirm with lawyers/Real Estate Agents. It is about key collection time and Settlement date. This will determine your moving day.
  • Plan to carry yourself important legal documents and jewellery.
  • Pre-plan and schedule any necessary repairs required.
  • Research storage facilities if needed.
  • Obtain family and pet medical records. Also dental and school records.
  • If leasing, arrange property inspection and book cleaners.
  • Transfer and set up utilities at your new address.
  • Review home and contents/car insurance

Packing yourself

  • Arrange carton and packing materials delivery with your storage company.
  • Use clean white butcher\’s paper, not newspaper as it soils items.
  • Label every carton clearly, on the tape, as to contents and its room destination.
  • Prepare an inventory list of each carton. Mark clearly FRAGILE. Note all dents and scratches.
  • Pack lighter items in large cartons, heavier items in small cartons, heavier items on bottom.
  • Dismantle furniture that comes apart. Remember to tape screws in an obvious location. Or, label and place in an ESSENTIALS carton with TV, Foxtel, and sound system remote controls. Also, keys to furniture cabinets and manufacturers instructions for reassembly.
  • Prepare a SURVIVAL KIT with kettle, tea and coffee, breakfast requirements, etc.
  • Consider taking very sentimental and personal items with you in your car.

2-3 Weeks to Moving Day

  • Contact all relevant authorities to notify of your new address.
  • Return all library books, DVD’s etc.
  • Arrange for family and friends to mind children & pets on moving day.
  • Make plans for transfer of bank accounts, internet, telephone, gas, electricity connections.
  • Arrange move of boat, trailer.
  • Fill prescriptions needed the week before and after the move.
  • Service your car, drain the lawnmower.
  • Arrange final readings of gas and electricity meters, remove batteries.
  • Discontinue any delivery services, newspapers, automated payment plans and local memberships. Collect dry cleaning.
  • Book a locksmith to change the keys on moving day at your new home.
  • Arrange time off work on moving day.
  • Ensure new home will be thoroughly cleaned. Make sure the oven and carpet are steam cleaned. Do this before your move and after your move. 
  • Disassemble outdoor items, children’s’ play equipment.
  • Create a “Handyman” Kit with hammer, Allen keys, screwdriver, light bulbs, nails and wall hooks, pen knife.