Closing And Moving
Once the contract is firm and all conditions have been removed we are nearing the final stretch. Some of the terms that are negotiated on the contract are closing and possession dates. These dates determine the deadlines for communicating with your financial lender, attorney, movers etc. We will follow-up with your attorney and financial lender to ensure that all the proper paperwork has been received.
Moving with Children
Often when you are thinking about moving with children, you decide to move in the summer when they are out of school. If you are moving to a new neighbourhood, it is important to think about how difficult it may be for them to make new friends during the summer holidays. Moving during the school year allows them to instantly meet children in the classroom. This gives them time to make a couple of friends their own age, who live in the neighbourhood before the summer holidays.
A Smooth Move:
- Prepare a file to keep receipts of moving expenses, you maybe able to claim some for tax purposes depending on how far you are moving and why you are moving.
- Get written estimates from at least two moving companies.
- Go through everything and donate what you no longer need to charity - moving cost is by weight so don't take what you don't need.
- Get packing paper, boxes, pens and tape.
- Transfer the utilities out of your name. Use www.expressaddress.com for easy transfer in one place.
- Change of address for Canada Post, newspapers, magazines, clubs, organizations, doctors, friends and family, services and your insurance company.
- Order new cheques from the bank with your new address.
- Notify the outbound and inbound schools.
- If moving into our out of an apartment, book the elevator.
- Return all items you have borrowed and get back what you have loaned.
- Plan and start early!
Here is a detailed moving check list:
|Get estimates from moving companies and arrange method of payment||ASAP|
|Get packing paper, pad for inventory, and marking pens, boxes, and twine for packing belongings||25 days prior|
|Notify Existing Water Company||25 days prior|
|Notify Cell Phone Company||25 days prior|
|Notify Housecleaning Service||25 days prior|
|Notify Vehicle Registration and Licensing Agency||25 days prior|
|Notify Existing Internet Supplier||25 days prior|
|Notify New Internet Supplier||25 days prior|
|Complete Change of Address form with Canada Post||25 days prior|
|Notify Lawyer||25 days prior|
|Notify Finance Companies||25 days prior|
|Arrange for a yard sale for unnecessary belongings||25 days prior|
|Notify New Gas/Oil company||25 days prior|
|Notify Alarm Service||25 days prior|
|Notify Existing Cable/Satellite Company||25 days prior|
|Notify New Cable/Satellite Company||25 days prior|
|Notify Credit Cards||25 days prior|
|Notify Schools||25 days prior|
|Notify Magazines||25 days prior|
|Notify Book & Music clubs||25 days prior|
|Notify Doctor||25 days prior|
|Notify Dentist||25 days prior|
|Notify Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)||25 days prior|
|Notify New Electric Company||25 days prior|
|Notify Existing Electric Company||25 days prior|
|Notify Garbage (special pick-up)||25 days prior|
|Notify Existing Telephone Company||25 days prior|
|Notify Loan Institutions||25 days prior|
|Notify Loyalty Programs||25 days prior|
|Notify Library||25 days prior|
|Notify Newspapers||25 days prior|
|Notify Catalogue Subscriptions||25 days prior|
|Notify New Water Company||25 days prior|
|Notify Existing Gas/Oil Company||25 days prior|
|Notify Non-government Supplementary Health Plan||25 days prior|
|Notify Insurance Agencies||25 days prior|
|Arrange for work that has to be done at new home||25 days prior|
|Notify New Telephone Company||25 days prior|
|Verify your moving in date with your new landlord||15 days prior|
|Collect items being cleaned, repaired, stored and loaned to friends||15 days prior|
|Check to make sure you have returned all rented items||15 days prior|
|Check to make sure you have returned all borrowed items and get back any items you have loaned||15 days prior|
|Clean Rugs and Drapes||5 days prior|
|Take down any items that have been excluded in your contract||5 days prior|
|Prepare a list of items you'll need immediately at destination, such as a flashlight, light bulbs, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, snacks and drinks||5 days prior|
|Get utilities turned on, or meters read||5 days prior|
|Collect all keys including garage and shed for new owner||1 day prior|
|Leave garage door openers for new owner||1 day prior|
|Leave all manuals, warranties and guarantees for new owner||1 day prior|
|All Meters Read||Moving Day|
|Lights Turned Off||Moving Day|
|Keys left as agreed with new residence||Moving Day|
|Windows and doors locked||Moving Day|
|Double check rooms, closets, drawers, shelves, outdoor areas and garage to make sure you've taken everything||Moving Day|
|Make sure you have your Medical and Dental records||Moving Day|
|Furnace turned down or off||Moving Day|
|Get appliances hooked up||Moving Day|
|Give your new phone number and an alternate contact to your mover before they leave||Moving Day|
|List claims for lost or damaged articles||Moving Day|
|Make sure you have your Insurance policies||Moving Day|
|Make sure you have your moving related documents||Moving Day|
|Check to see appliances (refrigerator, freezer, washer and dryer, etc.) are working||Moving Day|