Relocating to Vancouver: Your Moving Checklist


The papers are signed, you’ve got the keys, and the moving van is set to deliver your things to your new dream home. Everything important has been covered, but what about the little things? Where’s the best take-out in your new neighbourhood and what yoga studio will you go to now? Here’s a few things to put on your Moving Checklist both before you move and after you get there.

Mail Forwarding, etc.

Set up your change of address in advance so you won’t miss anything important. Leave your new address with the people who have bought your current place so they can forward any stray mail. Don’t forget to notify institutions like your bank, employer, any subscriptions, credit card and utility companies of your change of address, as well. We like this Real Simple Moving Checklist that covers all of the nitty-gritty details to keep in mind, laid out by week leading up to Moving Day.

Pack a First Night Box

You won’t get to everything on the first day, so why not have the essentials at your fingertips? Martha Stewart has a great checklist that covers everything you might need the first night in your new home. Put these key items in one box that’s easily accessible, and you won’t feel rushed to go through everything upon arrival.

Schedule the Cleaners

Designate a day after everything’s been packed-up to have the professionals come in and give your home a once-over to leave it sparkling for the new owners. Then have their number on speed-dial in case you need a spare set of hands at your new place!

Get To Know Your Neighbourhood

There are a multitude of Vancouver blogs out there, but the Daily Hive, an evolution of VanCity Buzz, is your best bet for local news. We’ve also covered Kitsilano, the Dunbar area, and Shaughnessy on our own blog for a brief history and cultural vibe.

Fitness + Food

Research what yoga studios, cross-fit gyms or fitness trend of choice is in your neighbourhood before moving, so you’ll be ready to drop-in as soon as you arrive--a good excuse to take a break from unpacking! Then, the Georgia Straight offers up great restaurant reviews so you can dial-up take-out when you’re ready to crash after a long day of moving.

Happy Moving Day!

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