Moving Tips

Bruce Earland | Ottawa Real Estate Sales Representative

Use this helpful checklist as a reminder of the things you need to do before you move.

If you own your present home:

  • Book the movers. You can choose to have the movers pack everything, or just the breakables, or you can pack yourself. It’s a good idea to obtain estimates from several different companies.
  • Arrange to have our gas, water, and electric meters read on the day you leave and have the bills forwarded to your new address.
  • Have your oil tank read and filled before your sale closes, and provide a receipt to your legal professional if required.
  • If the water heater or furnace is rented, arrange for a transfer of the rental agreement to the purchaser.
  • Disconnect your telephone, cable TV, and water softener.
  • If you rent your present home:

    • Give necessary written notice to your landlord and make arrangements for the return of any monies you have on deposit.

    At your new home:

    • Make arrangements for the gas and electric utilities, water softener, telephone and cable TV to be connected on the day the sale closes.


    • Get “Change of Address” cards from the post office and send out well before moving day.
    • Have the post office forward your mail to your new address.
    • Cancel any contracted services and pre-authorized cheques.
    • Inform gardening, dry cleaning, garbage pick-up, newspapers, magazines, diaper and other home services. Arrange for service at your new address.
    • Obtain a letter of introduction from your current branch to help establish new accounts. Transfer trust or bank accounts and securities.
    • Cancel or transfer social, athletic, civic, religious or business affiliations and memberships.
    • Arrange for transfer of medical, dental, prescription and optical records.
    • Change the address on your driver’s license(s) effective the day of the move.
    • Collect all items out for cleaning, repair or storage. e.g. fur coats, dry cleaning.
    • Make special arrangements for the moving of perishables, such as plants.
    • Make special arrangements for the moving of your pets.
    • Dispose safely of all flammable liquids as it is illegal for movers to carry them.
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      Bruce Earland - Innovation Realty
      376 Churchill Ave,
      Ottawa, ON. K1Z 5C3
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