The Ultimate Moving Checklist for Ontario Residents - Burly Boyz Moving

Embarking on a move within the vibrant landscapes of Ontario presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Whether navigating Toronto’s bustling streets or Lake Ontario’s serene shores, a well-structured moving plan is your blueprint for a seamless transition.

This blog is crafted to guide you through each critical phase of your move, from early preparations to settling into your new community. This comprehensive checklist simplifies the moving process and introduces practical tips and insights specific to Ontario, ensuring nothing is left to chance.

With a focus on organization, timely action, and local resources, this guide is designed to transform your moving experience from daunting to manageable, setting you up for a successful start in your new Ontario home.


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Pre-Move Preparations (8-12 Weeks Before Moving)

Embarking on a move requires thorough preparation and foresight, especially when navigating the process in Ontario.

Starting your preparations 8-12 weeks in advance can significantly reduce stress and ensure a seamless transition to your new home. Here’s how to kickstart your moving journey:


Initial Planning

  • Inventory Your Home: Begin by taking a comprehensive inventory of your possessions. Go room by room, making a detailed list of what you plan to take with you to your new home. This exercise helps you understand the volume of your move and presents an opportunity to declutter. Decide which items to keep, which to sell, and which to donate. Reducing your load can save costs and simplify your moving process.
  • Research and Select a Moving Company: Choosing the right company is critical. Look for a service provider known for reliability, transparency, and excellent customer service. Burly Boyz Moving & Storage is a premier choice for Ontario residents, offering transparent quotes and comprehensive services. From packing and storage to special item moves, we tailor our services to meet each client’s unique needs, ensuring a personalized moving experience.



  • Book Your Moving Date with Burly Boyz: Once you’ve decided on Burly Boyz as your moving partner, it’s time to secure your moving date. Booking early, especially during busy moving seasons, guarantees the best date and time that fits your schedule. Our team will work closely with you to ensure all logistics are handled smoothly, from initial booking to the final delivery of your items..
  • Start Gathering Important Documents: In the flurry of moving activities, it’s easy to overlook the importance of organizing your documents. Collect all crucial paperwork, such as passports, birth certificates, medical records, and insurance policies. Place these documents in a secure, easily accessible folder or file. Keeping these items with you during the move ensures they remain safe and readily available when needed.



List of Services and Institutions to Notify: Your move isn’t just about physically relocating your belongings; it also involves updating your address with various institutions and services. Create a list of all the entities you must notify, including banks, utility providers, subscription services, and government agencies.

Starting this process early helps avoid any interruptions in service and ensures your personal information is up-to-date. Remember to update your address with the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to ensure seamless access to healthcare services and timely tax correspondence.


One Month Before Moving

As your moving day approaches, the countdown truly begins. During this month it  is critical for ramping up your preparations, focusing on acquiring packing supplies, starting the packing process, and managing address changes.

Here’s how you can effectively navigate these steps with a bit of help from Burly Boyz Moving & Storage.


Packing Supplies


Acquiring Packing Supplies

The foundation of a smooth move is high-quality packing materials. At this stage, gathering all the supplies you’ll need, including boxes of various sizes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, and permanent markers for labeling, is essential.

Burly Boyz understands the importance of sturdy and reliable packing supplies. We offer a comprehensive selection of high-quality materials to protect your belongings during transit. We got you covered from durable boxes that can withstand heavy loads to bubble wrap and packing paper for your fragile items.

Our team can advise you on the exact types and quantities of packing materials you’ll need tailored to the specifics of your move.


Begin Packing


Starting the Packing Process

With your supplies in hand, it’s time to start packing. Begin with items you use infrequently, such as off-season clothing, books, decorative items, and anything else you won’t need before moving day.


Packing Tips:

  • Create an inventory list of items as you pack each box, which will be essential for keeping track of your belongings.
  • Label each box clearly with its contents and the room it’s destined for. This will make unpacking much easier.
  • Use packing paper or bubble wrap to protect fragile items, and ensure boxes are filled to prevent items from shifting.


How Burly Boyz Can Assist

Burly Boyz offers professional packing services for those overwhelmed by the prospect of packing. Our expert team can handle everything from securely wrapping your fragile items to efficiently packing your household. We use strategic packing methods to maximize protection and space, ensuring your belongings are safe and organized throughout the move.


Address Changes


Updating Your Address

Now is the time to start the process of changing your address. This includes notifying the postal service and updating your details with banks, subscription services, and any online accounts.


Steps to Take:

  • Use the online service provided by Canada Post to forward your mail to your new address.
  • Make a list of all the companies and services that need to be informed of your move, including utilities, insurance companies, and healthcare providers.
  • Don’t forget to update your address for online shopping accounts, magazine subscriptions, and membership clubs.


How Burly Boyz Can Assist

While Burly Boyz can’t change your address for you, we can offer a comprehensive checklist to ensure you don’t overlook any critical notifications. Our relocation specialists  can also provide tips and advice for managing these updates efficiently, ensuring you stay connected and covered when entering your new home.


Moving Week

The week leading up to your move is crunch time, where final preparations come into play to ensure everything is ready for the big day. This phase involves completing your packing, confirming the moving day details, and preparing an essentials bag to keep your most important items close at hand.


Final Packing


Completing Your Packing

Most of your household should be packed by now, but the final week is when you should wrap up any loose ends. This means packing the last of your non-essential items and double-checking that everything has been accounted for.


Tips for Final Packing

  • Revisit each room to ensure all items are packed.
  • Keep a box or two open for those last-minute items you’ll use until moving day, such as toiletries and kitchen utensils.
  • Ensure that all boxes are securely taped and labeled with their contents and the room they belong to in your new home.


How Burly Boyz Can Assist

If you are overwhelmed with last-minute packing, Burly Boyz offers flexible packing services to take the weight off your shoulders. Whether it’s a few remaining items or a whole room, our professional packers can efficiently secure your belongings, ensuring everything is ready for your move date.


Confirm Details


Confirming Moving Day Details

With the moving day almost upon you, confirming the logistics with your moving company is crucial. This ensures that both parties are on the same page regarding timings, special requirements, and what to expect on the day.


Essential Details to Confirm with Burly Boyz:

  • Verify the moving crew’s arrival time and the estimated day schedule.
  • Confirm the list of services to be provided, including any last-minute additions such as packing assistance or special item handling.
  • Provide any necessary updates on parking arrangements or access restrictions at your current and new location.


How Burly Boyz Can Assist

Burly Boyz prioritizes clear and open communication with our clients. We’ll contact you to confirm all moving day details, ensuring that our plan meets your expectations and accommodates any last-minute changes.


Prepare Essentials Bag


Packing an Essentials Bag

An essentials bag is crucial for keeping important items and personal necessities accessible during and immediately after the move. This bag should contain everything you need for the first night in your new home, so you don’t have to rummage through boxes after a long day.


Checklist for Your Essentials Bag

  • Personal documents (ID, passports, important papers)
  • Medications and basic first-aid kit
  • Change of clothes and pajamas
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.)
  • Phone chargers and other essential electronics
  • Snacks and bottled water
  • Basic tools and a flashlight
  • Bedding and towels for the first night


How Burly Boyz Can Assist

While we take care of the heavy lifting, we also remind our clients about the importance of an essentials bag. Our team can provide suggestions based on our extensive moving experience to ensure you have all you need at your fingertips, minimizing stress and making your first night as comfortable as possible.


Moving Day Essentials

Moving day has finally arrived, marking the culmination of weeks (or even months) of preparation. Today, efficiency and vigilance are your best allies, ensuring that the transition from your old home to your new one is smooth and stress-free.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the essentials for moving day, designed to keep you on track and prepared for the journey ahead.


Early Start


Maximizing Your Moving Day

Getting an early start on your moving day is crucial. Waking up well before the movers arrive gives you ample time to handle any last-minute tasks and ensures you’re not rushed. Having breakfast and reviewing your checklist one final time can set a positive tone for the day ahead.


How to Prepare

  • Set multiple alarms to ensure you wake up on time.
  • Prepare a simple breakfast the night before, something easy to eat amidst the hustle and bustle.
  • Review your moving day plan, ensuring all items are packed and nothing is overlooked.


How Burly Boyz Can Assist

Burly Boyz teams are punctual, arriving at the scheduled time to start your move efficiently. We appreciate clients who are ready to go, as it helps us keep to our timeline, ensuring your move is completed as smoothly and quickly as possible.


Final Walkthrough


Ensuring Nothing is Left Behind

A final walkthrough of your home is crucial. It’s your last opportunity to ensure that nothing is forgotten, whether it’s a small item hidden in a drawer or a larger piece of furniture that was overlooked.


Steps for a Thorough Walkthrough

  • Check all rooms, including closets, cabinets, and storage areas.
  • Don’t forget to inspect outdoor areas, attics, basements, and garages.
  • Double-check that all windows are secure and lights are off, and adjust the thermostat as needed.


How Burly Boyz Can Assist

Our moving crew can assist with the final walkthrough, providing an extra set of eyes to ensure everything is noticed. We understand the importance of leaving your home complete and can help guide you through this final inspection.


Essential Paperwork


Keeping Important Documents Safe

Certain items, notably your essential paperwork and valuables, should always stay with you on a moving day. These items are too important to risk losing in the shuffle of boxes and furniture.


What to Keep With You:

  • Personal identification (ID, driver’s license, passport).
  • Moving documents, including your contract with Burly Boyz and inventory lists.
  • Valuable jewelry, family heirlooms, and other irreplaceable items.
  • Any immediate financial documents or checkbooks.


How Burly Boyz Can Assist

While Burly Boyz takes every precaution to safeguard your belongings, we recommend keeping these indispensable items with you for peace of mind. Our team can remind you on moving day to secure your essential paperwork and valuables before we begin the move.


Post-Move Tasks

Post-Move Tasks - Burly Boyz Moving

Congratulations, you’ve successfully made it to your new home! While the bulk of the moving process might be behind you, settling into your new environment involves a series of critical post-move tasks.

From unpacking your belongings to setting up utilities and exploring your new community in Ontario, here’s how you can efficiently navigate this final phase of your moving journey with a bit of help from Burly Boyz Moving & Storage.




Strategizing Your Unpacking Process

The first step to making your new house feel like home is unpacking. However, knowing where to start can take time and effort. Prioritize by unpacking essential items first—those that you’ll need immediately for daily living, such as bedding, toiletries, kitchen essentials, and clothing for the next few days.


How Burly Boyz Can Assist

Burly Boyz doesn’t just move your belongings; we can also assist with unpacking. Our team can help you prioritize and organize your items, ensuring that essential rooms like the kitchen and bedrooms are set up first to make your transition as smooth as possible. We can also assist in arranging furniture and heavier items, taking the heavy lifting off your shoulders.


Utility Setup


Ensuring Comfort with Functional Utilities

After a long day of moving, you’ll want to ensure your utilities are up and running. This includes electricity, water, gas, internet, and other services critical to your comfort and daily operations. Ideally, these services should be arranged before your move-in date to avoid disruptions.


Steps to Take

  • Verify that all utilities have been successfully transferred to your name and are operational.
  • If you encounter any issues, contact the utility providers immediately to resolve them.
  • Consider setting up online accounts for easy management of your utility bills.


How Burly Boyz Can Assist

While the setup of utilities falls to the homeowner, Burly Boyz can offer a checklist of common utility providers in Ontario, including contact information, to ensure you don’t miss any essential services. Our team can also share tips for efficient utility setup based on our extensive moving experience.


Explore Your New Community


Acclimating to Your New Surroundings

Moving to a new area in Ontario presents an exciting opportunity to explore and integrate into your new community. Familiarizing yourself with your surroundings can help you and your family adjust quickly.


Tips for Getting to Know Your Neighborhood

  • Take walks around your neighborhood to familiarize yourself with the area.
  • Visit local businesses and introduce yourself as a new resident.
  • Look into community centers or local groups that align with your interests.
  • Check out local social media groups or community boards to stay informed about events and happenings.