Supplies & Checklist

Be prepared and stay organized with our Moving Checklist that is provided below. We are dedicated to make your move as easy, and stress-free as possible.


6-8 Weeks Prior to Move

Get a Quote & Schedule a delivery of your Portable Storage Container & Plastic Moving Boxes (Little Red Box) from The Storage Box.

Prepare and finalize your new home renovations by contacting carpenters, painters, plumbers, roofers and other tradesmen so your new home is ready when you move in.

Inventory everything that needs to be moved.

Set aside items you no longer need. Donate them, hold a yard sale or sell them online.

Return any borrowed items.

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.


3-4 Weeks Prior to Move

Have The Storage Box deliver your Little Red Boxes rentals.

Declutter & begin packing non-essential items in your attic, basement, shed, etc.

Label all boxes with their destination room in your new home on the labels provided with your Little Red Boxes.

Schedule use of elevators & parking in your building, if applicable.

Contact insurance company to transfer policies.

Fill out change of address forms with Canada Post.

Prepare a list of friends, banks, credit card companies, investment services, newspaper subscriptions & magazine subscriptions who should be notified of your upcoming move.

Arrange cut-off & activations dates for services to your home:



Trash Disposal Service

Lawn & garden maintenance


2 Weeks Prior to Move

Have The Storage Box deliver your portable storage container rental.

Take your time – pack at your leisure.

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, flammables 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 Portable Storage Container to be moved to your new home or to The Storage Box facility.

Confirm all reservations.

Label items you need to access easily.

Drain equipment: water hoses, gas/oil lawnmowers.

Schedule to have utilities turned on at your new home.

Prepare an essential box:

Toilet paper & Hand Soap

Dish Soap & Towels

All-Purpose Cleaner


Water/Snacks/Instant Coffee

Garbage Bags

Scissors/Pocket Knife


Portable Tool Kit

First Aid Kit

Mobile Phone Charger


Important Records/Documents


Change of Clothes

Shower Curtain

Pet Food

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.


Day of Move

Designate boxes and items as “last load” items.

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.

Remove all contents from appliances.


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 your Move

Take your time & unpack on your own schedule. Call The Storage Box once you have completely unpacked and we will come pick up your portable storage container and little red boxes.

Sit back & enjoy your new home.