1. Get Organized. 
Don’t leave things to the last minute. Chances are you have between 30-60 days to make a plan so that moving day runs smoothly.

2. Moving Strategy
For a short distance move, ask friends and family to help or consider renting a truck for a day or two. If moving a long distance, or have a large family to move you’ll want to look into a moving company. Whatever the distance, make sure you have a plan so that you can get from your old house to the new house without any issues.

3. The Right Transportation
If you’re moving on your own with a rented truck, you’ll probably be able to make more than one trip. But if you don’t have that option, you need to make sure that the size of the rental truck is the right size to fit all of your belongings.

4. Purge!
When you move, it’s a great opportunity to get rid of belongings you no longer want or need. During the warmer months, it’s a great time to hold a garage sale. You can also sort through your things and donate to a local Goodwill, sell items on a site such as Kijiji or recycle.

5. Packing Kit
Try to stay as organized as possible. Creating a Packing Kit can help to establish a system. Each kit should include a pen, black marker, newspaper or bubble wrap, tape dispenser and boxes. Divide each section of the house so that one person can tackle each room.

6. Reuse Boxes
During the weeks leading up to your move, try and grab a few boxes every time you visit the grocery store. Smaller boxes are easier to handle, so keep that in mind when selecting boxes.

7. Take Inventory
This is extremely important, especially if you’ve hired a moving company. Making a list of your household items is very handy to have incase something goes missing. Create a list for each room and document all the contents in each box.

8. Label, label, label…
It is crucial to label all sides of the box. That way you can see which box goes where even if they aren’t placed the same way. This will make for easy retrieval. Make sure to label with a dark marker.

9. Moving Day Kit
Don’t forget to keep a box of essentials that you’ll need on moving day. Cleaning supplies, toilet paper, garbage bags, a change of clothes, your toiletry bag, etc.

10.Be Ready for Movers
Whoever shows up at your door, whether it’s family or professional movers, make sure you’re ready for them when they arrive. If you’ve packed everything yourself, be ready and packed before the crew arrives.

11. Protect Valuables
Make sure to find a safe place for your valuables. It is important to insure anything that is valuable or breakable if you’re using a moving company.

12. Hook up Essential Services
Make sure you understand how certain bills will be transferred to you from the previous owner of your new home including water, gas, and electricity. You can also have your phone line, cable and internet working before you move in.

13. Find a Pet Sitter
The process of moving can be a bit traumatizing for pets, so it is best to leave them with a family member or friend on moving day. If it’s a long-distance move, arrange your pet’s safe transport to the new home.

14. Make Nice with New Neighbours
You will want to start off right when moving into your new neighbourhood, so informing your immediate neighbours on your move in date is important. You will want to let them know what type of moving vehicle you’re using and whether you’re moving in on a weekday or on the weekend. You’ll also want to make sure that you aren’t blocking anyone’s exit.

15. Treat the Movers
Moving is a big and timely process for anyone, so whether you’ve hired movers or family and friends, be sure to have food and drinks available.