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Moving Checklist: 8 Things to Do Before Moving Day

Posted on September 12, 2019

Breathe a sigh of relief by using our moving checklist of things to do before you move.

Breathe a sigh of relief by using our moving checklist of things to do before you move.

Your bags are packed. You’re ready to go. Your movers are standing there outside your door. The dawn is breakin', and you just realized you forgot to call your utility company to let them know… If you’re worried about singing this sad tune on moving day, use this moving checklist of 8 things to do to get yourself ready. This way, you can leave on that jet plane, or other modes of transportation, to your new destination without worry.


1. Shop Around

Before booking one of the first moving companies you see in the Yellow Pages, do your homework first. Make sure to:

  • Look for favourable reviews online
  • Check the Better Business Bureau
  • Ask for referrals
  • Get at least three different moving quotes
  • Book only licensed and insured movers
  • Read the fine print


2. Separate the Good from the Bad and Ugly

Not everyone has the time to hold every item and keep only those which spark joy, as Marie Kondo does in her Netflix special Tidying Up. However, sorting through your contents and deciding what to discard and donate will undoubtedly make you happier on moving day.


3. Pack Up Your Troubles

If gathering sturdy boxes and packing supplies and then packing all your contents sounds too daunting, why not look for a moving company that does it for you? Bekins Kelowna offers professional content packing and unpacking services, as well as high-quality packing materials so you can move on with the rest of your to-do list.


4. Acquire Storage if Needed

Whether you’re renting or have sold your home, sometimes the move-out date does not correlate with your move-in date. Kelowna moving companies such as Bekins offers the perfect solution with both DIY and assisted moving and storage services. On-site storage containers are a great way to pack at your leisure. You can leave them on your property or have them picked up by a professional driver and stored at Bekins secure warehouse in Kelowna.


5. Change Your Address

Avoid the post office having to return to sender, or having a hefty bill due to late charges, by notifying all the appropriate parties of your address change. Be sure to contact your: 

  • Bank, credit card company
  • Insurance provider (vehicle, personal, etc.)
  • Employer
  • Utility companies (landline, gas, electric, etc.)
  • Mobile phone company
  • Government office (municipal, provincial and federal)
  • School
  • Post office


6. Arrange for Utilities at your New Home

Don't be left holding the phone and having no way to call out. Make sure to get in touch with all the different utility agencies before you go. Provide specific instructions of when your phone, gas, and hydro should be disconnected at your old place and then reconnected in your new home. If you are moving long-distance, make sure to contact the local provider to arrange connection.


7. Keep the Kids, and Pets, Happy

Moving is confusing for both young children and pets. When packing, get a family member, friend, or babysitter to take them for a walk or a day at the park. You and they will be glad for the distraction.


8. Do a Once Over

We often leave things to the last minute when moving. It's easy to forget items such as food in the fridge, or medicine in the cabinet until it's too late. For help, read our Moving Checklist on 8 of the Most Commonly Missed Packing Spots.


Bekins Kelowna Moving and Storage is your one-stop-shop for all things moving. Along with our vetted and professional moving services, we also offer packing, unpacking, and storage services at competitive rates.