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We’ve all heard horror stories about moving ... How do you make sure you’re not next? Here are some suggestions to make your move go as smoothly as possible.

3 months before:

  • Get at least three quotes from movers or truck rental companies.
  • Check the insurance provided by the movers (such as for breakages and bedbugs).
  • Ask the owner of your future apartment for permission to get measurements to make sure that all of your furniture will fit into the apartment.
  • Let your employer know: you may be entitled to paid leave.
  • Enrol your children at their new school or daycare.

1 month before:

  • Sort out what you want to move and what you want to get rid of.
  • Sell or give away anything that no longer suits you. You’ll be able to get a better estimate of the size of truck you’ll need.
  • Get your hands on some boxes. Some grocery stores give boxes away when people ask.
  • Start to save newspapers and ads for packing materials.
  • Get a hand truck or moving straps, if necessary.
  • Notify your electricity, phone, cable, internet, and insurance companies, as well as your bank, of your new address.
  • Register on the Quebec government’s website (Service québécois de changement d'adresse) to notify government departments and agencies of your new address.
  • Have your mail forwarded to your new apartment for the first six months by Canada Post. Don’t rely on the kindness (or lack thereof) of your old apartment’s future tenant.
  • Start eating up what’s in your freezer and refrigerator so that you don’t have to move too much food.
  • Return anything you’ve borrowed from your neighbours.

1 week before:

  • Take all frames and shelves off the walls and fill all holes.
  • Pack your boxes and write (on the sides and not on top) what they contain and which room they should go in.
  • Confirm that the charitable souls who’ve agreed to give you a hand will still be available when the day comes.
  • Plan the meals that you’ll serve to your friends.
  • Check if your new apartment is empty so that you can clean before moving in.
  • Ask your current apartment owner when and how to return your keys.


The day before:

  • Confirm the meeting time with the mover and/or your friends.
  • When possible, disassemble furniture. Don’t forget to put screws and small parts into Ziploc bags and tape them to the furniture so that you don’t lose them.
  • Get everything together that you'll need for the next day and put it within easy reach, such as a cleaning kit, markers, scissors, and tools.
  • Take photos of the current condition of your furniture to check if there are any new scratches after the move.
  • Prepare your plants and avoid messes by covering pots with bags.


On moving day

  • Put all fragile objects in your car, as well as anything you’ll need immediately when you get there.
  • Sweep the floors out of respect for the new renter.
  • Have as much fun as possible!