Elena Dembinsky

Sales Representative - Details Realty Inc., Brokerage


Purchasing a new home is exciting. To help save you time, stress, and money, we’ve created this handy Moving Checklist.

  • Contact property manager to book the use of the elevator
  • Arrange a moving company, get a written confirmation on time and date of the event
  • Schedule your mail to be forwarded to your new address.
  • Purchase boxes and moving supplies
  • Arrange phone service at your new home
  • Depose of unwanted items to charity and/or dump
  • Dispose of household chemicals properly (old paint, caustic cleaners, etc.)
  • Return of any cable TV equipment
  • Complete necessary change of address forms: Drivers’ license, Health cards, Insurance, Employer, Doctor, Dentist
  • Memberships, insurance
  • Cancel newspaper deliveries, health memberships
  • Bank accounts, credit cards, and tax office
  • Notify kids’ schools, transfer records
  • Register at new school
  • Obtain copies of medical and dental records; if you have pets, get copies of veterinary records
  • Arrange connection of utilities at new home
  • Arrange disconnection of utilities at current home: Water, Electric, Gas, Telephone, Hot Water Rental
  • Dispose of all flammable materials
  • Pack a suitcase with the clothes and toiletries that you’ll need the first day in your new home
  • Pack a special box with other essentials you’ll need for the first few days and marks this box “Do Not Move”
  • Take down curtains and curtain rods
  • Pack your personal belongings, except your alarm clock, necessary clothes, jewelry and bedding
  • Empty, defrost and clean refrigerator; clean the stove
  • Keep paperwork accessible
  • Collect all keys; keep them in a safe place
  • Final walk-through: check all closets and cabinets
  • If using a moving company, confirm the new address and delivery time with the driver
  • If using a moving company, walk about with supervisor and sign inventory forms
  • If moving a distance, have car tuned-up for trip
  • Plan how to move plants

Change address in all essential institutions:

 Fortis BC (www.fortisbc.com) Ph.: 1 888 224 2710

 BC Hydro (www.bchydro.com) Ph.: 604 224 9376

 ICBC (www.icbc.com) Ph.:604-661-2800

 Canada Revenue Agency (www.cra.gc.ca) Ph.:1-800-714-7257

 Cable TV Shaw (www.shaw.ca) Ph.: 604 629 8888

 Rogers (www.rogers.com) Ph.: 1 888 764 3771

 Telus (www.telus.com) Ph.: 1 888 472 2222

 Medical Services Plan (www.health.gov.bc.ca) Ph.: 604-660-2421

 Canada Post (www.canadapost.ca) Ph:1 866 607 6301

 Social Security




 Start packing. Keep an inventory list. Mark each box with its destination room (e.g. kitchen).

 List the items to take with you personally. Include all jewellery, passports and other valuable items.

 Collect all keys for the house for the new owners (don’t forget garage and shed keys).

 Check inventory for number of boxes – break down by room

 Verify that the utilities have been turned on and meters have been read

 Get to the house before the movers. Arrange snacks and drinks with you. It will be a long day.


Purchasing a new home is exciting. To help save you time, stress, and money, we’ve created this handy Moving Checklist. It provides you with a detailed overview of what you need to do in the weeks prior to your move.


  • Decide what you want to take to your new home, what you want to throw out, and what you want to  donate to charity or sell
  • Start using up frozen food and staples. Don’t buy any more than is necessary before moving
  • Decide how your furniture and belongings will be moved
  • Store any of your stuff for the move, arrange for storage space. Often your moving company can provide temporary storage
  • Arrange for moving insurance
  • Contact the utility companies and advise them you are moving to avoid penalties or confusion
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Phone
  • Water/Sewer
  • Gas/Oil
  • Hydro


  • Get back any items you have lent or borrowed
  • Pick up any items that are being repaired
  • Dispose of flammable items such as paint, aerosol cans and cleaning fluids
  • Send change-of-address information
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Accountant
  • Auto Insurance
  • Home Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Post Office (mail   forwarding)
  • Cell Phone
  • Memberships
  • Magazine /   Newspaper Subscriptions
  • Bank(s)
  • Credit Card(s)


  • Schedule a date for a service firm to disconnect and prepare the appliances you are moving
  • Create an inventory list
  • Order packing supplies – Paper, Tape, Markers & Boxes
  • Start packing non-essential items and valuables
  • Label everything clearly
  • Arrange for any services for your new home such as painting, carpet-cleaning, floor or wood cleaning
  • Draw a floorplan for your new home and start planning your furniture arrangement (it makes moving intwice as easy)


  • Make sure valuable documents, currency and jewelery are safe and accessible
  • Identify fragile and valuable items you are taking with you
  • Wash linens and clothes
  • Drain garden hoses, lawn mowers, and other machinery
  • Defrost and dry the fridge and freezer; don’t forget to empty the defrost water pan
  • Dismantle large power tools or equipment
  • Pack items to be taken in the car and label “Car – Do Not Move”
  • Pack suitcase with all essential items
  • Confirm your new address and delivery date with movers


  • Plan to stay home until the moving van has left
  • Tour the house with the van operator during inventory; sign the bill of lading
  • Do a final check for overlooked items: make sure windows and doors are locked, lights are turned off
  • Check closets/cupboards


  • Check new home for existing damage, contact Realtor with any issues
  • When the mover arrives, check items unloaded against the inventory


  • Update driver’s license and health card within 6 days of move-in date

Elena Dembinsky

Sales Representative
Details Realty Inc., Brokerage



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