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John Di Tosto
Gilles Laliberte

Royal LePage West Real Estate Service
2185 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, BC
P: 604-939-6666
F: 604-939-3808

Four to Six Weeks Before Moving Day Back to Top

Places to Notify:

Notify the post office that you are moving. An online Change of Address form is available.
Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your
move. The following checklist will be helpful:

Utilities          Personal Accounts
Electric          Pharmacy
Gas                Dry Cleaner
Water            Lawn Service
Telephone      Bank/Finance Companies
Sewer            Credit Card Companies
Garbage         Cable/Satellite 
Dentist           Magazines
Accountan      Newsletters
Lawyer           Professional Journals
Broker            Insurance Agency
Government Offices
Department of Motor Vehicles 


Have a "garage sale" or use an online auction service to dispose of unwanted items.
Donate unwanted clothing or household goods to charitable organizations. Obtain receipts
showing the items’ approximate value for possible tax deductions.
Begin to use up supplies of canned goods, frozen foods and other household items. Buy only
what will be used before moving.

Two to Three Weeks Before Moving Day Back to Top

Preparing the Family:

Take the family for a farewell visit to some of the places that hold happy memories.
Have a going-away party for the children and their friends.
Have some fun for open house or an informal dinner or barbecue. Keep it simple.
Make family travel plans.

Preparing Household Items:

Set a date for having utilities disconnected. If possible, plan to keep utilities in
service through moving day.
Have rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave both wrapped when they are returned from the

Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify value. Avoid waxing or oiling
wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) before moving because some products might
soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
Do not clean your upholstered furniture before moving. Moisture could cause mold if
furniture must be placed in storage.

One to Two Weeks Before Moving Day

Pet and Plants

Decide what to do with house plants. United cannot safely move your plants because they may
suffer from lack of water and light as well as probable temperature changes while in the van.
Give them to friends or relatives.
Donate them to a hospital or other organization.
Include them in a garage sale.

Other Important Details:

Collect all items that are being cleaned, stored or repaired (clothing, furs, shoes, watches, etc.).
Empty your locker at the club, bowling alley or gym.
Return library books and anything borrowed from friends or neighbors, and collect things you
may have loaned.

Day Before Moving Day Back to Top

Working With the Packers

Point out to the packers any extra-fragile items needing special attention. Mark appropriately any
items you do not want packed or moved, as well as cartons you will want first when the
van arrives at destination.
If you are doing your own packing, make sure everything is ready to go before moving day. Upon
arrival, the van operator will check to see if boxes have been properly packed.
Collect things you definitely want packed together, such as children’s toys, and place in
separate groups.
Unplug all electronic appliances 24 hours in advance of a move, except plasma televisions,
so that they will be at room temperature on moving day. This includes home computers,
stereos, and audio/video equipment.

Last Minute Details:

Check closets, cabinets, and storage lockers for any articles overlooked.
Be on hand when the service representative arrives to prepare your appliances for shipment.
It is your responsibility to see that all mechanical and electrical equipment is properly
serviced for shipping prior to the arrival of the moving van at your expense.

Moving Day
Working With the Mover:

It is your responsibility to see that all of your goods are loaded, so remain on the premises until
loading is complete. After making a final tour of the house, check and sign the inventory. Get
your copy from the van operator and keep it.
Approve and sign the Bill of Lading/Freight Bill. It states the terms and conditions under which
your goods are moved and is also your receipt for the shipment. Be sure to complete and sign
the declared valuation statement.
Complete and sign the High-Value Inventory form, whether or not items of extraordinary
value are included in the shipment. You also need to sign and date the "Extraordinary (Unusual)
Value Article Declaration" box on the Bill of Lading, if applicable to your shipment.
Make sure the van operator has the exact destination address. Be sure to let the van operator
know how you can be reached, including phone numbers, pending the arrival of your household

Last-Minute Details:

Leave your phone connected throughout moving day. After the van leaves and you finish last-
minute calls, be sure to pack the phone in one of your suitcases.

Take a Last Look Around:

Water shut off?
Furnace shut off?
Light switches turned off?
All utilities arranged for disconnection?
Windows shut and locked?
Old house keys surrendered?
Have you left anything?

Delivery Day
Working With the Mover:

Be on hand to accept delivery. If you cannot be there personally, be sure you authorize an adult
to be your representative to accept delivery and pay the charges for you.
On the day of delivery, the van operator will attempt to contact you by phone and/or will make an
appearance at residence if he is unable to reach you. If you are unable to accept delivery of your
shipment within the free waiting time (i.e., two hours) after notification of arrival at destination,
you may request waiting time until delivery can be made.
Check your household goods as they are unloaded. If there is a change in the condition of the
property from that noted on the inventory at the time of loading or if any items are missing, note
discrepancies on the van operator’s copy of the inventory sheet. By signing the inventory sheet,
you are acknowledging receipt of all items listed. Personally report any loss or damage to your
salesperson or move coordinator.
When unloading, each piece of furniture will be placed as you direct, including the laying of
rugs and setting up any beds disassembled at origin. However, mattresses will not be
unpacked, and appliances and/or fixtures will NOT be installed. At your request and at
an additional charge, your salesperson or move coordinator can arrange for this service.
The mover is not obligated to rearrange your furniture.
Place a floor plan of your new home by the entrance, which the movers can use to determine
where each piece of furniture should go.
Keep all documents pertaining to your move in a safe place. You will need them for verification
of moving expenses when you file your federal income tax returns.
To prevent possible damage, television sets, other electronic equipment and major appliances
should not be used for 24 hours after delivery, allowing them time to adjust to room

One Week After Move

Settling In:

Check with your new post office for any mail being held and ask for delivery to start.
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