Time for a change of scenery? Here are some tips to make moving out as painless as possible.
There are a few different ways to move out:
- you and your landlord agree to end your tenancy
- you give your landlord notice (giving notice)
- you find a new tenant to take over your place (subletting or assigning your place)
- you get evicted (not fun, but it happens – information about eviction)
Moving day checklist
1. Give appropriate notice to your landlord
It is important to give proper notice to your landlord before moving out. In Ontario, this means 60 days advance notice in writing, whether you are on a month-to-month or a fixed-term lease. Remember, you may need to use your landlord as a reference in future, so be respectful about how you leave.
2. Make a moving-day list
The day of your move can be pretty hectic. Making a list will ensure nothing is forgotten. Include the schedule of your moving day, who will be doing what, and if possible an inventory so you don’t leave anything behind!
3. Schedule movers
There are many movers around the GTA. The Ministry of Consumer Services has created a list of quick tips on hiring movers and blogTO has a list of some of the best movers in Toronto. You can also ask any friends or family if they’re available to help, but be prepared to return the favour! And of course, be sure to provide food and beverages to keep them energized and as thanks for their help.
4. Arrange for storage
If you need a place to store your stuff, consider renting a storage unit.
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