Bruce McCallum, REALTOR®

Homes In Victoria


Things To Do Before You Move

6 Weeks Before Moving Day

  • Start a file for moving related expenses, and speak with your accountant about tax information on moving expenses
  • Separate all items that you won't be moving and plan a garage sale or phone your favorite charity to make a donation
  • Prepare an inventory list of items you will be moving
  • Determine 'replacement value' of items to be moved for insurance purposes
  • Start Packing. Packing always takes longer than expected. Use proper boxes & paper
  • While packing, put valuables in a safety deposit box or in a place for safe keeping
  • Clarify payment details and dates with movers

3 to 4 Weeks Before Moving Day

  • Notify the post office that you are moving
  • Notify subscriptions, memberships and credit card companies of your change in address
  • Contact utility companies, phone, heat, water, cable and make arrangements for deposit refunds and shut-off dates
  • Call your home insurance agent; verify new home details and when current policy ends
  • Make arrangements for any medical, dental and veterinary records to be transferred
  • Notify your children's school and make arrangement for records
  • Collect any necessary legal records
  • Return things that you borrowed and collect items you loaned out
  • Movers typically don't move plants; therefore, make special arrangements for your plants
  • Plan your meals and use up food in the freezer and pantry

2 Weeks Before Moving Day

  • Contact your accountant regarding transferring your funds and don't forget RRSPs and brokerage accounts
  • Open bank accounts in your new area and arrange the transfer of your funds
  • Dispose of any combustibles and drain all power tools of fuel and oil
  • Pack a personal bag of what you will need in transit
  • In a special box, pack items you will need immediately after you move and mark the box 'DO NOT MOVE' Transport this box in your car.
  • Pack a small tool box for last minute tasks
  • If your home has sold, cancel all newspapers and services such as lawn or pool care
  • Clean area rugs and clothing. Make appointment for cleaner on moving day when furniture has been moved out to clean & vacuum.
  • Pack a briefcase with all important documents you may need


1 Week Before Moving Day

  • Prepare appliances for moving. Defrost freezer and clean refrigerator
  • Gather up all extra keys, garage door openers
  • Set aside instruction manuals on the home for new owners
  • Pick up any dry cleaning or anything that is out for repair or service

1 Day Before Moving Day

  • Remove all valuables from your safety deposit box if you are moving to new bank
  • Check on utility service at new address and arrange to have them on when you arrive
  • Ship or give away all perishable and frozen foods
  • Mark the boxes you need as soon as possible with 'OPEN FIRST'
  • Leave mirrors and pictures on walls for movers to pack


  • I will make sure you have access/keys to your new home
  • Stay at your old home until the movers have left
  • Have cleaner begin each room after furniture has been moved
  • Take a final tour of the home/yard to make sure you have not forgotten anything
  • Carefully review the mover’s inventory sheet before you sign it
  • Confirm your drivers' delivery address
  • Inform your neighbors that the house is empty
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Leave your keys and garage door openers with the listing  realtor

Upon Arrival of Your New Home

  • Examine your furniture and possessions as they are unloaded. Open all boxes and make a note of any damage & report immediately
  • For gas service, check pilot light on stove, hot water heater and furnace
  • Have your locks re-keyed if you feel you need extra security
  • Locate your local post office and pick up any mail being held for you
  • Notify people of your new address
  • Contact your Motor Vehicle Branch for a change of address on your driver's licence
  • Register your vehicles with new address
  • Register your children into new school
  • Collect emergency phone numbers and address of your nearest hospital
  • Transfer your insurance to a local agent if applicable


Bruce McCallum, REALTOR®
Cell: 250-858-5762
Ofc Page: 250-477-7291
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