It’s never too soon to begin planning your move to Canada. From changing your address to booking the removal company, there’s a lot to consider. The following checklist will help you make sure you’ve covered off the essentials when preparing to emigrate:
1. Sort out the paperwork
Finalise your visa and work permit, and make sure your passport is valid. Make copies of important documents (birth and marriage certificates, deeds, customs information) to keep with you during the move.
2. Update your addresses
Make a list of people and organisations that will need to know your new address, and make sure they are all informed in good time. You can also arrange for the Royal Mail to redirect your post to Canada for up to 12 months.
3. Arrange any temporary accommodation
If you won’t be moving straight into your new home in Canada, make sure you book temporary accommodation well in advance.
4. Don’t forget the pets!
Make travel arrangements for any pets you wish to take with you and make sure their vaccinations and travel documents are up to date.
5. Finalise your utilities
Arrange for your gas, water, electricity and TV licence to be disconnected. Obtain your final bills.
6. Have a clear-out
Give yourself plenty of time to sort through your belongings before packing. Identify anything that you won’t need in Canada, or that might cause problems at customs, and donate, dispose of, recycle or put them into storage.
7. Book your transport
Book your flights and car rental. If needed, apply for a Canadian driving licence.
8. Check compatibility of your electronics
Make sure any electrical items you intend to take will work in Canada. Most UK devices will work with a Canadian (type A) plug adapter. You will need a multi-region DVD player to use UK DVDs and some Blu-rays in Canada.
9. Power down your white goods
Disconnect the washing machine, defrost the freezer and trail petrol and oil from any power equipment you intend to take to Canada.
10. Get ready to travel
Separate hand luggage from your consignment and buy any required travel items, such as entertainment, comfort items or sleep aids.
11. Book your international removal company
Arrange for a home survey, packing, shipping, and any storage needed with your removal company.
Pickfords, the UK’s largest removals and storage company, provides regular shipments to Canada as well as customs advice on the run up to your move. To find out more, or to book a survey, click here or call 0800 019 8556.