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60-Day Moving Checklist for Seniors

Moving to a retirement residence can be both an exciting and stressful experience: When do I start? How do I start? What do I need to do?

To help make it easier, whether you are moving into a retirement residence or not, here are some useful tips to minimize stress and help make your move as smooth as possible.

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60 Days Before

  • Find and book your movers.

  • Shop around for truck rental prices and reserve.

  • Research, if necessary, storage rental locations and prices.

  • Plan where you want to place furniture in your new suite or apartment.

  • Have a yard sale or give away unwanted items to friends or a charity.

  • Schedule when you want your mail forwarded to the new address.

  • Clean out your closets.

  • Transfer medical records to your new doctor if needed.

  • Label moving boxes by room or category – clothes, dishes, towels.

  • Start packing a little every day.

30 Days Before

  • Ensure utilities are disconnected a few days after the move.

  • Schedule utility connection at your new residence.

  • Reserve the freight elevator in your building for moving day if required.

  • Arrange the return of any cable TV equipment.

  • Complete necessary change of address forms:

    o   Drivers’ license, health cards

    o   Doctor, dentist, physiotherapist

    o   Magazine subscriptions and other mailings

    o   Memberships, insurance

    o   Bank accounts, credit cards, and tax office

15 Days Before

  • Return items you may have borrowed.

  • Retrieve items that you’ve loaned to others.

  • Dispose of all flammable materials and household items you don’t need.

  • Identify any remaining items that need to be donated or thrown away.

  • Decide what gets moved in the truck, your personal vehicle.

  • Arrange to move plants and pets.

  • Keep packing

7 Days Before

  • Determine what you can bring/carry in your personal vehicle.

  • Pack a box with essentials you’ll need for the first few days and mark this box “Do Not Move”. This you should take with you personally.

  • Start taking down curtains and curtain rods, pictures, wall coverings.

  • Start packing personal belongings, except your alarm clock, necessary clothes, jewellery and bedding.

  • Empty, defrost and clean refrigerator; clean the stove and other appliances.

  • Make sure you have enough medication to last through the move.

  • Have your doctor write a new prescription you can fill after you move.

Moving Day!

  • Keep paperwork in a safe and accessible spot.

  • Collect all keys; keep them in a safe place.

  • Strip and dismantle beds.

  • Clean the premises that you are leaving.

  • Final walk-through: check all closets, drawers, 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 the supervisor and sign inventory forms.

  • Ensure everything gets on the truck.

Now you can arrive, unpack, and arrange your furniture. Take a tour of your residence and the local area. Meet the neighbours, make new friends, and start enjoying more living. Welcome to your new home!

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