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Moving Tips

Step 1: Choose a reliable moving company

 QMM's Roy Phelps, Chief Commercial Officer shares 5 tips to select the best mover for you: If you would like more detail, please read how to choose a reliable moving company on our blog or visit the QMM Youtube channel.

Once you have chosen a moving company, QMM then recommends taking the time to plan every detail of your move to enable a smooth and stress-free transition from your current home to your new home, be that in Canada or Overseas.

Step 2: Create a Moving Checklist

Before you move it's a good idea to create a checklist together, and Quality Move Management has some great tips for you. It's really never too soon to start planning for a move, and excellent movers have found that a comprehensive moving timeline and checklist is the best strategy to ensure a smooth relocation.

Our moving checklist also provides you with an opportunity to get your whole family involved in the move. These tasks are very easy to do, and QMM's relocation coordinators can offer other pointers during any time of your move.

Eight Weeks Before Move

  • Contact QMM to make arrangements for moving day
  • Remove items from your attic, storage shed, basement, etc
  • Try to use up things that you can't bring with you, like cleaning supplies and food. Don't forget QMM can also take any unwanted food to your local food bank!
  • Do some research about your new city! Find out about the best neighbourhoods to move to, and what activities will be available to you

Six Weeks Before Move

  • If you're moving at an employer's request, verify who will be paying for each part of the move. It is important that we understand your budget before we begin the process. QMM can help suggest ways to eliminate extra costs
  • Contact us for information about what moving expenses may be tax-deductible
  • Start to inventory and evaluate your belongings. What could be donated to a charitable organization or sold? Is there anything you haven't used in a while?
  • Create a list of everyone you need to tell about your move: professionals, friends, subscriptions, creditors, etc. Make sure all of your mail will be sent to your new address after you move
  • Locate all motor vehicle registration and licencing documents
  • If some of your goods are to be stored, make the necessary arrangements now. Your relocation coordinator at QMM will be able to assist with this planning. QMM can offer storage at our warehouses and also coordinate storage at the destination
  • Obtain copies of your personal records from schools, dentists, doctors, accountants, lawyers, etc. Ask for referrals where possible

Four Weeks Before Move

  • Submit a Change of Address form to the post office
  • Arrange special transportation for your plants and pets. We want to make sure we're taking care of your most precious possessions
  • Contact utility and related companies (electric, water, gas, cable TV, trash collection, telephone) for service disconnect/connect at your new and old addresses. However, remember to keep phone and utilities connected at your current home throughout moving day. If you're hesitant about who to contact, QMM can arrange these third party services for you
  • Call insurance companies (medical, life, auto, homeowner's or renter's) to arrange coverage in your new residence
  • If you're packing yourself, buy moving boxes from your local mover. Only pack items you won't need in the next month
  • Plan a garage sale to sell unneeded belongings or arrange to donate them to charity. QMM can suggest local charities that need extra help

Three Weeks Before Move

  • Make travel plans and reservations for your moving trip. However, don't make plane reservations for the same day that you're moving out. House closings are often delayed, and other unexpected situations often arise
  • Collect important documents (will, deeds, insurance, stock, etc.)
  • Arrange to close accounts at your local bank and open accounts in your new locale

Two Weeks Before Move

  • Have your car checked and serviced for your trip. Verify that your automobile is prepared (ex. filled with the necessary coolant/antifreeze) for the type of weather conditions you'll be travelling in
  • If you're moving out of or into a building with elevators, make sure to call the building management to schedule use of the elevators
  • Review and confirm all arrangements for your move with your relocation consultant

One Week Before Move

  • Settle any outstanding bills with local merchants
  • Remember to return library books and rented DVDs, remove all your contents from your safety deposit box, pick up any dry cleaning, etc
  • Take your pets to the veterinarian for any needed immunizations and obtain copies of pets' veterinary records
  • Drain oil and gas from power equipment (snow blowers, lawn mower, etc.).
  • Get rid of any plants not being moved

Two to Three Days Before the Move

  • Defrost your refrigerator and freezer. Block doors so that they can't accidentally close on children or pets
  • Arrange for your major appliances to be disconnected and prepared for the move. For help finding a third party to provide these services, contact your relocation consultant
  • Pack a box of personal belongings that you will need immediately after your move. Either carry the box with you in your car or load the box last
  • Collect and set aside the items that you're taking with you so that the movers don't accidentally load the items on the van
  • Confirm the arrival time of the moving van with your relocation consultant and notify them of any last minute details

Moving Day

  • Ensure that someone is at home to answer the van foreman's questions. We will be calling you that day to confirm our exact time of arrival
  • Record all utility meter readings (electric, water, gas)
  • Carefully read your bill of lading and inventory before signing them. Keep these, and all related papers, in a safe place until all chargers have been paid and all claims, if any, have been settled
  • You'll feel a sense of accomplishment as items are checked off of your moving checklist. As you go through and check off the items on your list, your life will become more stress-free. Remember your relocation coordinator is your greatest resource for all information about you move. If you're worried about anything, our coordinators will ease your stress, and provide you with multiple solutions
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