One Month Before Moving

  • Fill out change of address order form for post office or online http://canadapost.ca/personal/prodserv/mmm/default-e.asp
  • Make arrangements with moving company or reserve a rental truck
  • Make travel arrangements, if necessary, with airlines, buses, car rental agencies and hotels
  • Transfer memberships in churches, clubs and civic organizations
  • Obtain medical and dental records, x-rays and prescription histories. Ask doctor and dentist for referrals and transfer prescriptions (for pets as well)
  • Set up a checking account in your new city
  • Check into the laws and requirements of your new city regarding home-based businesses, professional tests, business licenses and any special laws that might be applicable to you
  • Take inventory of your belongings before they’re packed; in the event you need to file an insurance claim later. If possible, take pictures or videotape and record serial numbers of electronic equipment for your belongings
  • Make arrangements for transporting pets
  • Start using up food items, so that there is less left to pack and possibly spoil

One To Two Weeks Before Moving
New address change:

  • Friends and family
  • Hydro / Water
  • Telephone / Long distance / cell phone
  • Work / Schools
  • Cable / Internet
  • Newspaper / Magazine subscription
  • Life / Car insurance / Banks / Credit Cards
  • Family Benefits (Qc Pension Plan), Quebec 1-800-667-9625 / Canada 1-800-387-1194 or 1-800-387-1193
  • Quebec Child Tax 1-800-463-5185
  • Income Tax, Quebec 1-866-266-0976 / Canada 1-800-959-8281
  • Drivers License 873-7620
  • GST / PST / Source deductions
  • Qc health insurance card: http://www.ramq.gouv.qc.ca/index_en.shtml
    514 864-3411

To do Checklist

  • Arrange for help on moving day
  • Reserve elevator if moving from an apartment
  • Have appliances serviced for moving
  • Clean rugs and clothing and have them wrapped for moving
  • Close bank accounts and have your funds wired to your new bank. Before closing, be sure there are no outstanding checks or automatic payments that haven’t been processed
  • Collect valuables from safe-deposit box.

    Make copies of any important documents before mailing or hand carry them to your new address

  • Check with your insurance agent to ensure you’ll be covered through your homeowner or renter’s policy during the move
  • Defrost freezer and refrigerator

On Moving Day

  • Have a duffle bag with these item: Toilet paper, soap, garbage bags, cleaning products, scissors, hammer, screwdriver, pencils and paper, cups, plates, cutlery, water, snacks and toothpaste
  • Have a copy of emergency prescriptions if necessary
  • Double check closets, drawers, shelves, attic and garage to be sure they are empty
  • Carry important documents, currency and jewelry yourself, or use registered mail
  • Carry travelers checks for quick, available funds

After Arriving At New Home

  • Renew your driver’s license and auto registration
  • Shop around for new insurance policies, especially auto coverage
  • Revise your will and other legal papers to avoid longer probate and higher legal fees
  • Locate the hospitals, police stations, veterinarian and fire stations near your home

Hi I’m Jennifer Walker, the author and Real Estate Broker. For more info call me (514) 402-8444 or EMAIL ME!

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