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Moving Guide

Classic Moving - A helpful guide to plan the perfect move.

We have prepared a simple moving guide to assist you with planning your move.  If you have questions that are not answered in this guide please visit our FAQ page or contact us.

4 Weeks Before Moving | 3 Weeks Before Moving | 2 Weeks Before Moving
1 Week Before Your Move | The Day of Your Move | The Day of Your Arrival | Moving In


4 Weeks Before Your Move

Tour your house from top to bottom, including the attic, garage, storage shed. Decide which items are to be moved, and which items you plan to sell, donate to charity or throw out. Consider a garage sale.

Decide on the approximate date you would like to move. Next, contact our office to arrange for an accurate estimate of your moving charges.

Show your Moving Consultant everything that is to be packed and moved.The estimate will be based on these items only.

Discuss professional packing services. If you decide to pack some articles yourself, ask your Moving Consultant for our free "Packing Guide". Discuss what packing materials you may may need.

Find out what portion of your moving expenses will be paid for by your employer.

Plan menus to use up present stocks of canned and frozen foods. Buy only what will be used before moving. It is inadvisable to move frozen goods over long distances.

Make travel reservations for your trip. ( e.g. airline, hotel, rental car, etc.)

Keep all documents and correspondence connected with your move. They will be helpful during the moving process. Do not pack them; keep them with you.

Gather letters of introduction from your clergy, business associates, club presidents, doctor, dentist, lawyer, etc. Contact your doctors and dentists. They may recommend a colleague near your new home. Ask your doctor for copies of renewable prescriptions.

Arrange for transfer of any records from doctors, dentists, children's schools, etc.

Arrange to transfer or resign club memberships.

Schedule farewell visits to family and friends.

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3 Weeks Before Your Move

Notify your local post office. Find out your new postal code. Send out change of address cards.

Arrange to have utilities disconnected. Arrange for temporary cellular service.

Write or phone the utility companies at destination to arrange services to be connected before you move in.

Ask the phone company at destination if service can be connected before you arrive.

Ask your bank to transfer your accounts to the branch nearest your new home.

If your preferred method of payment is by bank draft or certified cheque, be sure you have this taken care of in advance to prevent any delays of your C.O.D. delivery.

Arrange for a safety deposit box at the new location. You may want to leave the contents in your present box until one becomes available at destination and then collect them on a return visit.

Never pack valuables. Keep money, jewelry, bonds etc. with you, or arrange for a courier service to transport them.

If you are planning on having a garage sale, do it now.

Transfer fire, theft and other insurances. Check your policy to see whether a long-distance move is covered.

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2 Weeks Before Your Move

Check your notes and questions. Ask your Moving Consultant.

Be sure to ask your Moving Consultant for your Destination Agent's name and phone number in your new city. You will need to contact that member company once you are ready for delivery of your shipment.

Have your rugs and draperies cleaned. Leave the rugs rolled and wrapped.

Draw a floor plan of your new home and indicate furniture placement. Make extra copies. They will be very helpful for moving in. Keep these with your moving documents.

Prepare your car for transportation. If you are driving, make certain everything is in good condition. Obtain the maps you'll need. Contact your auto club for a route that will be enjoyable. Make a list of items to be taken, and plan entertainment for younger children.

Plan a going-away party for your children and their friends.

If you plan to do some of the packing, start now. Ask your moving consultant for more information or visit our FAQs which explains what items cannot be included in your shipment. Ask your Public Works department about disposal of toxic chemicals.

Collect all items being cleaned, repaired, stored and loaned to friends. Return any library books you have borrowed.

Arrange childcare for younger children during the busy days of packing, moving out and moving in.

Plan to discontinue utilities, delivery service, etc. Arrange connection of utilities at your new home.

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1 Week Before Your Move

Prepare for your trip. Finish packing all suitcases and basic essentials. Plan to carry with you valuable documents, currency, jewelry.

Ask your veterinarian about inoculations, certificates, quarantine and entry regulations for your pets if you are moving abroad. Arrange transport by air or rail, unless you are taking them with you.

For the night before moving day, arrange to spend the night with friends. With everything packed away, you'll be more comfortable.

Take the family to visit some of the places that hold happy memories for them.

Plants not being moved can be donated to hospitals or nursing homes.

Prepare for meals between now and moving day. On the busiest days, plan to eat out or have meals brought in. Donate excess canned and frozen food to your community food bank.

Keep separate any food, plates and utensils you will need during the last days. Pack them on your moving day.

Prepare a list of items you will need immediately at destination, such as flashlight, light bulbs, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, packaged snacks, drinks, etc. Pack these last and unload them first, along with necessities such as the crib or playpen.

Place in separate groups the things you want packed together, such as linens, toiletries, toys.

Two days before your move, do all the laundry. Remember to pick up all clothing from the dry cleaner.

Drain water from garden hoses and oil/fuel from the lawnmower and other machinery. Safely dispose of all gasoline, matches, paints, ammunition, aerosol cans etc. listed in our FAQs.

Defrost and wipe dry fridge and freezer. Don't overlook the defrost water pan.

Take down curtain rods, shelves - items that are not permanently attached. Dismantle large power tools such as lathes, grinders, etc.

Confirm hotel or motel reservations for your trip.

Organize all your moving and travel documents as well as the valuables you will be taking with you.

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The Day of Your Move

Be on hand when the moving crew arrives, or authorize someone in writing to take your place. Make sure he or she knows exactly what to do.

If you have any questions, ask your Van Operator. He will be in charge.

Advise the Van Operator of any items you will need immediately at destination. He will load these last and unload them first.

Accompany the Van Operator through the house as he tags each item with an identifying number. These numbers will appear on your Inventory. Make sure he knows what items are not to be loaded.

Sign the Inventory and keep your copy with your moving documents.

Keep children and pets aside and do not allow them into the van. If you wish, your Van Operator will be happy to show your children the van before loading begins. Keep children on their normal routine as much as possible. Have a few favourite toys handy, or set up a movie in a quiet room.

Before signing the Bill of Lading check the details, with particular attention to the Declared Valuation and destination address. Be specific about where you can be reached when your shipment arrives. Sign the Bill of Lading and keep a copy with your moving documents.

Before the van leaves, make a final and complete tour of the house with the Van Operator to be sure that all items have been loaded.

Leave a note in a conspicuous place so the new occupants can forward any mail inadvertently delivered to them.

Leave the house as agreed upon with the new occupants.

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The Day of Your Arrival

When you arrive in the new community, notify your destination agent. Tell them how and when you can be reached when your shipment arrives.

If some of your goods are to be stored, advise the warehouse of any items you want to remove or inspect so they can be kept accessible.

Confirm that all your utilities will be connected before you move in to your new residence.

Check the arrangements for the installation and connection of appliances.

For the comfort and safety of young children and pets, arrange for a babysitter on the day you will be moving in. Check with your hotel and find out what kind of child care services they would refer.

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Moving In

Pick up the keys to your new home and inspect it. Make sure it is ready when the van arrives. Do any cleaning of windows and cupboards now if you can.

Fasten a floor plan near the entrance so the movers will place furniture and boxes correctly.

Be on hand to accept delivery or have someone there on your behalf. Make sure this person knows exactly what to do. If no one is present, you could be charged for waiting time.

When the van arrives, pay the C.O.D. charges. The Van Operator must receive payment before he can unload your belongings, unless billing arrangements have been made in advance.

Position yourself during unloading so you can inspect the condition of your furniture, direct its placement, and mark it on the Inventory. The movers will place rugs and reassemble furniture, but are not allowed to install or attach appliances, curtains, shelves or fixtures.

Any boxes packed by Classic at origin are the responsibility of the movers to unpack at destination. These are noted on the Certificate of Packing and Unpacking you signed at origin.

During unpacking, pay particular attention that small articles or parts of sets have been unpacked before the packing materials are removed from your house.

If you choose to do some or all of the unpacking yourself, note this on the Certificate of Packing and Unpacking.

Sign the Certificate of Packing and Unpacking, verifying the number of cartons that have been unpacked.

As soon as possible, check everything that was unpacked. Report any loss or damage to your destination agent, or to your Van Operator if he is still in the house.

Sign for receipt of your shipment, even if there is damage or loss. Write down the details of damage or loss under the "Exceptions" section of the Inventory at the time of delivery. Otherwise, the mover is entitled to deny any subsequent claim. These notations on the Inventory do not constitute a claim; they are merely a record of your observations at the time of delivery.

In the event of loss or damage, contact your destination agent, who may be able to make immediate compensation in minor cases. Otherwise, you will be asked to submit a claim form for action to be taken.

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