1. Create a list of local moving companies you plan to research.
  2. Get a quote from each mover. Make sure to get moving quotes directly from a company’s official website or phone number. Some of the top search results on Google are actually companies that sell leads to moving companies. Working with movers directly cuts out any middlemen and will result in the lowest price.
  3. Learn about each moving company’s reputation by reading online reviews from real customers.
  4. Ask whether each company is licensed and how they’re insured.
  5. Determine how each mover’s schedule works. Is your move date guaranteed? Will the same person who loads up your belongings transport and unload them as well?
  6. Make sure you’re comfortable with how each mover charges, their cancellation policy, and whether or not a deposit is required.
  7. Choose whichever company best fits your move; everyone’s needs are different.

First, determine the square footage of your house. Based on the square footage, you can estimate how many boxes you’ll need based on the average home and it’s contents.

  • Less than 500 sq ft: 3 – 12 large boxes, 8 – 15 medium boxes, 12 – 18 small boxes, 2 – 5 dish barrels, and 3 – 5 wardrobe boxes.
  • Between 500 – 999 sq ft: 5 – 15 large boxes, 10 – 20 medium boxes, 15 – 25 small boxes, 3 – 6 dish barrels, 3 – 6 wardrobe boxes.
  • Between 1,000 – 1,499 sq ft: 10 – 20 large boxes, 15 – 25 medium boxes, 20 – 30 small boxes, 4 – 6 dish barrels, 5 – 7 wardrobe boxes.
  • Between 1,500 – 1,999 sq ft: 15 – 25 large boxes, 20 – 30 medium boxes, 30 – 40 small boxes, 5 – 97 dish barrels, 5 – 10 wardrobe boxes.
  • More than 2,000 sq ft: 20 – 30 large boxes, 25 – 35 medium boxes, 40 – 50 small boxes, 6 – 9 dish barrels, 8 – 12 wardrobe boxes.

You are going to want to keep anything you think you and your family will use on moving day. Some of the most common items are toilet paper, paper towels, snacks, phone chargers, things to keep your kids occupied and entertained, and your kids favourite toys. You will also want to keep any medication and important documents like birth certificates and passports with you. You may also want to set aside valuables and sentimental items. On the day of your move, you should put these things in a box or bag that you will take to your new home yourself.

  1. First, choose the appropriately-sized box. For heavy items, such as books, use a small box. For lighter bulkier items, like throw pillows, use a larger box.
  2. Assemble the box. Fold down the flaps on the bottom of the box — smaller flaps should be folded down before the larger flaps. Then apply packing tape to the seam. Always use packing tape. Masking tape or duct tape do not stick well to cardboard. If you’re packing something heavy, apply extra tape.
  3. Crumple up pieces of packing paper and place them on the bottom of the box for cushioning, or fill the bottom with “packing peanuts / foam peanuts.”
  4. If the items you’re packing are fragile, wrap them with packing paper or bubble wrap. Use tissue paper for especially delicate items such as china. Newspaper can stain.
  5. Place each item in the moving box. Be sure to pack similar items in boxes, which makes unpacking much easier.
  6. Pack the box as tightly as possible without overcrowding it.
  7. Add extra packing paper or packing peanuts to the top of your box if there’s extra room, so your items cannot move around while they travel.
  8. Once your box is packed, secure the box with packing tape. Boxes should always be taped shut to easily stack during transport. Never interlock the tops.
  9. Label your box with its main contents and the room it belongs to. 
  1. Use a tape measure to measure the length and width of the room. In order to get the most accurate measurement, be sure to clear objects out of the way.
  2. To determine square footage, multiply the length of the room by the width of the room.

If a tape measure is not available, you can also measure the area of the room using your own two feet.

  1. Measure the length of your foot with a ruler.
  2. Pace off the length of the room stepping heel to toe. If you need to, you can use the wall for support.
  1. Multiply the number of steps by the length of your foot. 
  2. Divide that number by 12 to get the approximate number of feet from wall to wall. 
  3. Repeats these steps to measure the width of the room. 
  4. To determine the square footage, you multiply the length of the room by the width of the room. 

Change your mailing address by using an online form at Canada Post

You will also want to contact your credit card companies, your bank, and utilities. In many cases you can move your account to your new address without having to create a new account.

You also want to contact any publications you subscribe to like magazines and newspapers that are delivered to your home.