Moving Supplies & Checklist Helping You Get Organized & Prepared

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Be prepared and stay organized with our moving to do list. We are dedicated to make your move as easy, and stress-free as possible.


Moving supplies

We carry a full line of low-cost moving supplies that you can pickup, or have delivered with your Box!



6-8 Weeks prior to move
  • Get a quote & schedule delivery of your  storage container from The Storage Box.
  • Walk through every room and open every drawer to decide what to take to your new home and what to get rid of. Make a list of items to keep safe.
  • Prepare and finalize your new home renovations by contacting carpenters, painters, plumbers, roofers and other tradesmen.
  • Set aside items you no longer need. Donate them, hold a yard sale or sell them online.
  • Begin using frozen foods & perishable foods that you do not want to move.
  • Create a folder to hold all of your moving records (estimates, receipts, etc).
  • Make any home repairs that you are committed to making.
  • Contact Canada Customs and Revenue for information on which moving expenses may be tax deductible.
  • Make an inventory of all your household belongings. Take digital photos, especially of electronics and their wiring configurations.
  • If you need help loading and unloading your Storage Box, start collecting quotes from labour services companies. Ask The Storage Box for a list of preferred vendors


3-4 Weeks prior to move
  • Declutter & begin packing non-essential items in your attic, basement, shed, etc.
  • Label all boxes with their destination room in your new home.
  • Schedule use of elevators & parking in your building, if applicable.
  • Contact your insurance company to transfer policies, and fill out change of address forms with post office.
  • Prepare a list of friends, banks, credit card companies, investment services, newspaper subscriptions & magazine subscriptions who should be notified of your upcoming move.
  • Create a list of serial numbers for electronics or other valuable items.
  • Arrange cut-off & activation dates for services to your home:
    • Telephone/cable/Internet/gas/electricity/water
    • Trash disposal service/lawn & garden maintenance
2 Weeks prior to move
  • Have The Storage Box deliver your portable storage container – take your time, pack at your own leisure. If you have A LOT of stuff and doing it all on your own, get your Box delivered 3-4 weeks before your move!
  • If possible, start disassembling large furniture such as bedroom sets.
  • Pack any heavier items first, then items such as couches, bedroom furniture, tables, etc.
  • Make an appointment with a service technician to prepare shipment of your new major appliances.
  • If you have any antique items, have them appraised prior to packing these items.
  • Properly dispose of items that cannot be moved in your portable storage container or thrown out such as chemicals, pesticides, flammable liquids and batteries.
  • Create a file folder of information to leave for the new owner of your home.
1 Week prior to move
  • Confirm pickup date & time of your Storage Box to be moved to your new home or to The Storage Box facility.
  • Drain equipment: water hoses, gas/oil, lawnmowers etc.
  • Schedule to have utilities turned on at your new home.
  • Prepare an essentials box:
    • Toiletries, flatware, water, snacks, coffee, pet food.
    • Garbage bags, tool kit, First-Aid kit
    • Important records, keys
  • Make child care & pet arrangements for moving day
1 Day prior to move
  • Empty, defrost & clean your refrigerator & freezer.
  • Disconnect & prepare major appliances.
  • Label items you need to access easily, pack closest to the door of your portable storage container.
  • Unplug all electronics from their power source. It’s best to unplug TV’s the day before so they are at room temperature on move day
Day of move
  • Designate boxes and items as “last load” items.
  • Remove all contents from appliances.
  • Record all utility meter readings at your old house and your new house.
Before you leave the house
  • Shut off water, heating & air-conditioning units.
  • Turn off all lights.
  • Make sure all windows are shut and locked.
  • Make a final check of rooms, closets, cabinets & storage areas to ensure no items have been left behind.
  • Leave a note with your contact information in the house so that the new residents can forward any items left behind and forward any stray mail.
  • Turn-over house keys.
After you move
  • Take your time & unpack on your own schedule. Call The Storage Box once you have completely unpacked and we will come to pick up your portable storage container.
  • Relax & enjoy your new home!
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