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Choosing a Moving Company

 Great Canadian Van Lines
What you need to know about choosing a Moving Company.

This detailed 6 Week check list will help you in preparing and planning for your move.


6 Weeks Prior to Moving

  • Tour your home (include your attic, garage, storage space, etc.) to determine what items you will be shipping. Have a garage sale or donate items you will not be shipping to a charity. Reducing your shipment size will reduce your moving costs.
  • Make travel arrangements, flight, hotel, vehicle rental, etc.
  • Start using up all extra food stocks: frozen food (cannot be shipped) and canned food. This will reduce the weight of your shipment and your shipping costs.

4 Weeks Prior to Moving

  • Contact a Great Canadian Agent to arrange for an estimate.
  • Notify Post Office of your new address.
  • Mail change-of-address cards.
  • Notify all accounts, such as mortgages, banks, leases, business or credit accounts of your new address.
  • Notify schools.
  • Return library books, DVDs, and other borrowed items and collect items loaned.

2 Weeks Prior to Moving

  • Dispose of all flammables, aerosols, paint, propane tanks, etc.
  • Start packing (if you are planning to do some or all of it yourself).
  • Arrange to disconnect your utilities, etc.
  • Arrange to connect utilities and phone at your new home.

1 Week Prior to Moving

  • Arrange for a baby sitter on moving day.
  • Set up a specific area in your home for items you are taking with you personally.
  • Finish packing.
  • Label all boxes with your name and the name of room you would like them moved into.
  • Drain water from garden hose and all oil & fuel from power mower and machinery.
  • Arrange to have all your major appliances serviced before moving day.

The Day Before

  • Empty refrigerator and freezer, defrost and wipe down.
  • Clean and air your range.
  • Finish packing all personal items.

Moving Day

  • Make sure someone is available to answer your mover’s questions.
  • Sign/Save copies of the Bill of Lading. Make sure your correct address, phone numbers and email address are in the delivery address section.
  • Keep vacuum out to clean areas where furniture used to be.
  • Complete a final inspection of your home with your mover, make sure all rooms, closets, etc. are empty.
  • Contact Great Canadian Van Lines Dispatch to obtain your final moving costs so you can have the proper payment ready on your delivery date.
  • Keep your Great Canadian Van Lines registration number handy in case you need to track your shipment.