House Hunting Trip Checklist

Arrange for childcare when viewing houses - contact your MFRC to help by connecting you with local childcare centres who could be available for short-term care. 

On Receipt Of Your Posting Message

  • Register as promptly as possible with Brookfield. They are the focal point for logistical, administrative, and financial issues relating to military moves. 
  • Check the information in your posting message (location, date, number of dependents). Don’t forget to make any necessary changes. 
  • Read the policy and watch the vignettes. 
  • Contact your local MFRC to learn about all the services and tools offered to guide you in your move. 
  • Create a “Move” file for all documents, forms, bills, contracts, and contacts needed during your efforts. 
  • Start preparing your children for the transition. 
  • Make sure to apply for funds in advance. 

6 To 12 Weeks Before The Move

  • If you are a tenant, notify your landlord by registered mail before the deadline or notify the Canadian Forces Housing Agency before the 30-day minimum notice period. 
  • If you are an owner, make sure you have read the policy and watched the vignettes before taking any steps. A list of service providers is available on the platform. 
  • Make a list of persons/organizations that will need to be advised of your change of address and complete the change of address form. 
  • Take the time to check out the particulars of your new place of residence via the Internet and the nearest Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) (water rates, income tax rates, cost of living, cost of driver’s licence, neighbourhood, school, etc.). 
  • Take the opportunity to update your budget with the data gathered on your new location. Check out: Financial Consumer Agency Of Canada, My Account for Individuals - Canada Revenue Agency  and SISIP Financial.
  • Contact your insurance agent to transfer or cancel your policy. 
  • Start using up items that can’t be moved, such as cleaning products and frozen or perishable foods. 
  • Take the opportunity to get rid of things you no longer need. Sort what you want to keep, sell, give away or throw out. You can organize a garage sale. 
  • Contact your future MFRC to obtain a Welcome Booklet and learn more about services, activities, and the community. 
  • Learn about the health care system in your new place of residence and check for resources suited to your situation (pregnancy, children with special needs, illness, waiting for surgery or consultation with a specialist).   
  • Take second language classes via your MFRC. 
  • Confirm with your life partner the need to update his/ her résumé, have it translated, establish whether his/ her qualifications will be recognized, etc. This service is available at the MFRC (Ottawa). 
  • Advise your life partner to contact the employment insurance program to find out if he or she is eligible for unemployment benefits
  • If you need request copies of academic, medical, dental, veterinary, legal, and accounting records, as well as birth, baptism and marriage certificates, etc. of all your family members. 
  • Make sure to register your children to their new school. Consult the following link (link pending) to learn more about the transitions between school systems across Canada and overseas school. 
  • Enquire about available daycare services and associated costs. Register as early as possible.
  • Enquire about day camps and registration periods. If you are moving in the summer, camps may already be full. 

4 Weeks Before The Move

  • Contact all utilities (current and future) to arrange disconnection and connection dates (gas, water, electricity, cable, Internet, telephone, cell phone service, etc.). 
  • Transfer your bank accounts and safety deposit boxes as necessary.
  • Make the necessary arrangements to move your pets. Refer to the policy. 
  • Cancel housecleaning, lawn mowing, snow clearing and other services for your residence. 
  • Make arrangements to clean your PMQ; an inspection will take place before you leave. 
  • Plan a time to get together with loved ones and friends before you leave. 
  • Attend to logistics for your move, as necessary (hotel reservations, plane or train tickets, pets, etc.). Refer to the policy. 

2 To 3 Weeks Before The Move

  • Take advantage of the final weeks to shop for things you will want to take to your new place of residence. Some non-perishable items may be very expensive or unavailable there (maple syrup, toilet paper, diapers, etc.). 
  • Have your vehicle inspected before the trip and complete any necessary maintenance. 
  • Obtain prescriptions / medications / specialist referrals needed for the upcoming months. 
  • Plan daycare service or other arrangements for children during packing and unpacking, as necessary. 

1 Week Before The Move

  • Set aside items you will be taking with you that will not go in the moving van (clothing, jewelry, important papers, valuable items, medications, irreplaceable items, first-aid kit). 
  • Prepare your travel bag and items that will be needed in transit or at the destination so that they will not be stowed in the moving van. 
  • Provide your new address and telephone number to your loved ones and friends. 
  • Remove batteries from toys and devices. 
  • Get rid of all flammable substances and other items that you cannot move. 
  • Defrost the refrigerator and freezer; clean them and the kitchen stove. 
  • Give away your plants and all perishable foods. 
  • Draw up a list of errands to run on the first day in your new home. 

Additional Resources

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