Pre Move Preparations Checklist

Pre Move Preparations ChecklistWe all know there’s a whole lot more to moving house than simply packing undefinedboxes and transporting your furniture.

With so much to organise, it’s understandable that some things can be overlooked or left to the last minute. By being well prepared, you can ensure that your removal will be as smooth and as stress free as possible.

Utilise our handy checklist to ensure all those important pre moving tasks are organised.

For your convenience you have the option to print our checklist for easy reference, or email the link direct to your inbox.

Preparing For Your Move


  • Sort through your belongings to reduce the number of things you move.
  • Hold a garage sale or donate items you no longer need to charity.
  • Arrange to purchase the packing supplies from us if you are going to do the packing yourself: boxes, packing material, tape, felt markers, and scissors.
  • If you’re moving a long distance, make travel arrangements with the airline, hotel, and rental car agency. If you’re driving to your new home, get maps and plan your travel route.
  • Save all moving receipts, because some moving expenses may be tax deductible. Check the current tax code for requirements.
  • Place your legal, medical, financial, and insurance records in a safe and accessible place.
  • Purchase insurance coverage for valuables to be moved.


  • Start packing items that aren’t regularly used such as off-season clothes and decorations and items in storage areas (garage, attic, and closets).
  • Make travel arrangements for your pets.
  • If you’re driving, get your car tuned up.
  • Get medical records from your doctors, dentist, optometrist, and veterinarian.
  • Send items such as rugs, clothing, quilts, bedding to the cleaners.
  • Back up important computer files to a disc or cd.


  • Contact your utility companies (gas, electric, water, telephone, and cable or satellite TV) and notify them of your move.
  • Sign up for services at your new address.
  • Call friends and family and recruit help for the moving day if necessary.
  • Confirm your travel reservations.
  • Arrange to close or transfer your bank account, if appropriate. Pick up items from safety deposit box.
  • One Week Before Moving:
  • Pick up items from the cleaners, repair shops, or friends.
  • Pack a survival kit of clothes, medicines, special foods, and so on to carry you through the day after arrival in your new home.
  • Finish packing all boxes minus what you’ll need in the final week.
  • Inform the post office of your upcoming move.
  • Give notice to cancel your newspaper delivery.

Send change-of-address cards with your new address and phone number to:

  • Friends and family
  • Banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, and other financial institutions.
  • Magazines and newspapers.
  • Doctors, lawyer, accountant,and other service providers.
  • The Tax Office and any other government department as needed.
  • Workplace, schools.
  • Voter registration office and motor vehicle department.


  • Set aside moving materials, such as tape measure, pocket knife, and rope.
  • Pad corners and stairways of house.
  • Lay down old sheets in the entry and hallways to protect floor coverings.
  • Remove hanging fixtures.
  • If you’re driving, check oil and gas in your car.
  • If you’re traveling, make sure you have tickets, charge cards, and other essentials.


Carry with you:

  • The keys to your new home.
  • Map of new town and directions to your house.
  • The telephone number of Brud Reid Removals & Storage.
  • Cash, credit cards, and cheque books.
  • Documentation related to the sale of your home.
  • Your insurance policies and agent’s phone number.
  • Your current address book or personal planner.
  • Prescription and non-prescription medicines.
  • Enough clothing.
  • Any important personal records and documents.
  • Any items of great personal value to you that are virtually irreplaceable (for example, a photo album).
  • Back-up copies of important computer files.
  • Sheets and towels for the first night in your new home.
  • Personal hygiene items (for example, toothpaste, soap, razor).

Walk and drive around your neighborhood and community to orient yourself and your family.
Get new driver’s licenses, library cards, voter registration cards, and bus passes.
Enroll children in school.

Pack a bag or personal items you’ll need during the move (change of clothes, toiletries, your phone book, medicine, maps, food, and drinks.) Keep it an easy-to-find place when you pack.

Plan and measure where your furniture will be placed in your new home. It’s helpful to draw a layout of your new home and sketch in the major furniture pieces. This will assist our removal team in ensuring your items are placed in the designated rooms, saving you time and money.