Work Smart Not Hard: Plan and Organize Your Move

Planning and organizing your move will help you alleviate the stress of relocating so there are no surprises. As your trusted moving professional, Collins-Mehling Transfer Ltd. can help you plan and budget your move, making sure it goes as efficiently as possible, especially during the peak summer season.


Claiming Your Moving Expenses

Moving Checklist

Items We Cannot Transport

Handy Guide to Packing Boxes

Claiming Your Moving Expenses

If you have moved and established a new home to work or to run a business at a new location, you can claim eligible moving expenses. You can also claim moving expenses if you moved to take courses as a student in full-time attendance enrolled in a post-secondary program at a university, college, or other educational institution.

To find more information about eligibility, check out the Canada Revenue Agency’s Information about Moving Expenses.

Moving Checklist

8 - 12 Weeks Before You Move

  • Establish your preferred moving dates. Have a garage sale or donate goods you do not want to move. Then contact your moving professional who will help you get the most accurate estimate of moving costs.


4 - 8 Weeks Before You Move

  • Make a list of everyone you need to notify of your move, e.g., schools, utilities, credit card companies, banks, friends and family. Call us, your moving professional, to schedule a convenient time for a free estimate.
  • Check with your school on transferring children's school records. Research driver's license requirements for out of province/country moves.
  • Find out if your employer will be paying part or your entire move. Find out if your moving expenses are tax deductible. Obtain change of address cards from your local post office.


3 Weeks Before You Move

  • Make a decision on whether you will pack your goods or utilize your moving professional's packing service. Call us for help on deciding which one is best for you, your family and your budget.
  • Change your address on credit cards and magazine subscriptions. Arrange to have your utilities disconnected after your move-out day. Arrange to connect your utilities the day before your scheduled move-in day.
  • If you are packing yourself, refer to the handy packing calculator to estimate your packing materials needs.


2 Weeks Before You Move

  • Plan to use all the food in your refrigerator and freezer. Clean your home and clear basement and attic.
  • Dispose of all flammables, cleaners, paints, aerosols and BBQ propane tanks. Drain the oil, gasoline and propane from lawn mower and power tools.
  • Check out our list of items we cannot transport


1 Week Before You Move

  • Confirm your family's travel arrangements. Provide contact phone numbers to your professional so that you can be accessible during your move.
  • Be sure that you have packed everything in advance. Only use those household items that you'll need, such as sheets, towels, a few pans and dishes. Make sure everything else is ready to be moved.


Moving Day

  • Review all paperwork with your professional mover. Once the moving van is loaded, double check that nothing was left behind in closets, basement, attics, cabinets, drawers, garage and outdoors.
  • For safety's sake, arrange for your children to stay with a relative or neighbour so that they are not at home on moving day. Keep visitors, pets and people away from moving truck and off walk-boards to provide your professional movers with a clear walkway to move your belongings safely.

Other Tips:

  • Get children involved in the moving process, by having them pack up their items and put them in a special box.
  • Pack a "Last On, First Off" box, with items you want available to you as soon as the moving truck arrives at your destination.
  • Take your medications, valuables and important documents with you when you travel to your destination.

Items We Cannot Transport

There are many items that cannot be loaded or transported safely in a moving van, also called non-allowable items, which include:

  • Perishable food Items
  • Any open containers
  • Common household products and cleaning supplies
  • Batteries
  • Vinegar
  • Open bottles of wine or alcohol
  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Dishwashing liquids and laundry detergents
  • Combustible or corrosive liquids
  • Explosives
  • Ammunition
  • Flammable materials
  • Compressed gases
  • Pets
  • Propane tanks of any kind, whether or not they are purged


It is not recommended to move plants in a moving truck, since the harsh or extreme conditions in the moving van cannot guarantee their survival.

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