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Moving Checklist for your Comox Valley Home


Congratulations! You've sold your home. Moving from one place to another, sometimes community to another, is both a time of great excitement and great stress. Here are some tips:

Getting Ready:

  • Designate one drawer or a dresser for first-night essentials (sheets, towels, toiletries, plates). Load this last, unload it first.
  • Reduce your load by having a garage sale or donating to local charity beforehand. 
  • Pack seldom-used or out-of-season items ahead of time
  • Notify friends & relatives of your move. 
  • If you have kids, arrange all documents for changing kid's schools
  • Gather all important personal, insurance, medical and dental documents
  • Arrange disconnect and re-connect of utilities and telephone service
  • Transfer banking (savings accounts, personal loans) to the new location
  • Go to the Post Office and submit change-of-address forms 
  • Start using up all of your perishable and frozen foods


  • Keep your pets out of the way (or at a friends house) during loading
  • Pack your seldom used things in advance (like a waffle iron)
  • Make sure you declare your valuables with the moving company
  • Pack heavy items in small boxes, light items in larger boxes 
  • Label each box by room and items
  • Remove bulbs from lamps
  • Put pictures in boxes between blankets or towels for protection
  • Stack plates and record albums on end vertically, not flat and stacked
  • Dispose of flammable liquids 
  • Pick up dry-cleaning

Finishing Off:

  • Clean all appliances, including the oven. Defrost the fridge 24 hours before you plan to leave
  • After cleaning the refrigerator, put a half-cup of coffee grinds or baking soda in a sock to keep it smelling fresh
  • Wash interior and exterior kitchen and bathroom cabinets
  • Wash window sills and glass
  • Wash bathroom mirrors
  • Clean toilet and showers/tubs
  • Vacuum, sweep & mop throughout
  • This is a good time to have your rugs professionally cleaned
  • Check all shelves, closets and cabinets for items
  • Before the van leaves for your destination, give the driver a phone number where you can be reached 
  • Write down your move Registration Number in case you have any questions.
  • Wrap plants well for cold-weather moving (layers of cleaner bags are great). In hot weather, keep them away from windows and exterior walls of vans.