Moving Tips

Here are a few moving tips from Barry's Moving and Storage - your moving company Victoria BC. This detailed check list will help you in preparing and planning for you move. Feel free to print it, and check items off the list as you move through the different stages.

6 weeks

  • Tour your home (include your attic, garage, storage space, etc.) to determine what items you will be moving. Have a garage sale or donate items you will not be moving 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

  • Contact Barry's Moving & Storage 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

  • 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

  • Arrange for a baby or pet 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 movers 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.
  • Talk to your Barry's Moving & Storage representative to obtain your final moving costs so you can have the proper payment ready.
  • Keep your Bill of Lading and receipt for your records.