Jun 12, 2024


Moving Checklist: Your Guide to a Smooth Move in Alberta

Planning a move? This checklist can help you take charge and stay organized.

Moving can be a big job, but with the right plan, it doesn't have to be stressful. Whether you're moving across town or to a new city in Alberta, this ultimate moving checklist will help you stay organized and on track.

1. Planning your move

A man writes a moving checklist in hit living room with moving boxes.

6-8 weeks before moving

  • Declutter: Go through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, or throw away.
  • Plan move-day: Decide who's moving your belongings and plan the logistics.
  • If hiring movers: Get quotes from movers and check reviews.
  • If not hiring movers: Arrange for helpers on move day, and plan to provide a meal or treat as a thank-you!
  • Plan your moving budget: Include costs for movers, supplies and any other expenses.

Hiring movers vs. asking friends

Hiring a moving company to safely relocate your belongings is worth the money if you have many things to move. Large, heavy belongings are particularly difficult to move downstairs and around corners. If your helpers are not up for the job, you can get the job done for about "$139-$150 per hour" for average jobs.

For small moves (or budgets), enlist the help of family or friends to assist you with the move. Remember to provide a meal or a special treat to thank them for volunteering.

Remember, if you don't have a vehicle that can handle your oversized items, you'll need a truck or van. If you can't borrow a vehicle, factor the rental costs in your budget.

4-6 weeks before moving

  • Book movers or a rental truck: Secure your moving date.
  • Order moving supplies: Boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, markers and packing paper.
  • Start packing non-essentials: Seasonal items, decorations and anything you won't need before the move.
  • Arrange for time off work: If you need to take a day or two off for the move, plan ahead.
  • Confirm moving details: Double-check dates and details with your movers or rental company.

2. Changing your contact information

Before the move

  • Post office: Set up mail forwarding to your new address.
  • Notify schools and employers: Let them know your moving date and new address.
  • Government services: Update your address for health cards, driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations and income taxes.
  • Utilities: Schedule disconnection at your old home and connection at your new one. This includes electricity, natural gas, water and internet.  
  • Financial institutions: Update your address with banks, credit cards and insurance companies.
  • Subscriptions: Change your address for any magazines, newspapers, meal delivery services or online subscriptions.

3. Packing tips & tricks

Packing efficiently

  • Pack room by room: Label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to.
  • Use quality boxes: Rent or buy sturdy boxes. Consider plastic bins for extra durability.
  • Protect fragile items: Wrap items in bubble wrap or packing paper. Use towels or linens to fill gaps in boxes.
  • Keep essentials handy: Pack a box with essential items like toiletries, a change of clothes, snacks, and important documents.
  • Declutter as you go: Use this time to get rid of items you don’t need. The extra space will help make your move and unpacking process easier.

4. Cleaning & maintenance

A man uses a paint roller to paint the wall blue after moving in.

Before moving out

  • Deep clean: Clean each room, including carpets, windows and appliances.
  • Repair damage: Patch holes in walls, fix leaks, and make other small repairs. Call a handyman if pro repairs are needed.  
  • Defrost the freezer: If you’re taking your fridge, defrost it at least 24 hours before moving.
  • Take photos: Document the condition of your old home before leaving. This helps protect you in the case of a dispute after the new occupants take possession of your old home.

After moving in

  • Unpack essentials first: Start with the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms.
  • Clean your new home: Wipe down surfaces, vacuum and mop floors before unpacking. Book essential cleaning services like duct cleaning, furnace tune-up, dryer vent cleaning and more to make home comfy on day 1.
  • Inspect for damage: Note any issues with your new home and report them if necessary.
  • Change locks: Consider changing the locks for added security. Locksmiths can help with re-keying and lock replacement.
  • Set up utilities: Make sure everything is working correctly and set up as needed. ATCOenergy home energy plans can help make the transition smooth and easy for a great price.

5. Final tips

An older couple toasts to a smooth move with sparkling wine in flutes.
  • Stay organized: Keep this checklist handy and mark tasks off as you complete them.
  • Take breaks: Moving can be exhausting. Remember to take breaks and stay hydrated.  
  • Celebrate: Once you’re settled, take time to relax and enjoy your new home!
    By following this ultimate moving checklist, your move in Alberta can be smooth and stress-free.

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