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o Newspaper delivery
o Obtain packaging tape and heavy marker pens
o Arrange for a furniture removal van
o Arrange transit insurance
o Arrange for care of your children on moving
o Make suitable arrangements for any pets
o Arrange contents and fire insurance for your new home
o Organise shifting times with the purchaser of your old property and the previous owner of your new one. Your Harcourts consultant will help co-ordinate this.
Notify your change of address to
o Bank and Credit card companies, i.e. visa, diners, fuel cards
o Post office for redirection of mail
o Insurance companies (house, contents, car, health etc)
o Hire purchase or finance company
o Investment companies
o Local council
o Shops where you may have charge cards
o Clubs and organisations
o Police (if you own and store firearms)
o Friends and relatives
o Publications you subscribe to
o Doctor and Dentist
o Who else sends me mail?
o Clean the stove
o Defrost the fridge/freezer
o Tidy the yard
o Ensure that the chattels that have been sold with the property aren’t accidentally packed
o Disconnect all appliances
o Disconnect the TV aerial
o Return any borrowed items
o Throw out items that you don’t intend taking with you (organise garage sales)
o List valuable items for special care when moving
o Advise removal company of dangerous goods being moved i.e. ammunition, petrol, spirits, chemicals
o Securely pack all jewellery, money, special documents and papers (i.e. legal, tax, insurance etc)
o Set aside items you will need on the day of the move so you can take them with you, e.g. food, drinks, cleaning products
o Pack each room leaving the boxes stacked and labeled with the room they are to be moved to i.e. kitchen. It is a good idea to write on each box a list of its general content
o Boxes containing breakables label ‘FRAGILE’ and identify these items to your removal people
o Pot and pack away plants and cuttings you are taking with you
o Explain your packing procedure to the removal people and be at your new home when they arrive
o Put breakables or liquid filled containers in drawers
o Overload drawers and make furniture too heavy to shift (too much weight can damage furniture)
o Move netting, barbed wire, timber, wood, coal etc, without special arrangements being made
o Store perishable goods where they might be overlooked
o See your solicitor to sign transfer documents/mortgage discharge documents
o Advise your children’s school that your children are leaving and the name of their new school so that files can be forwarded
o Enrol children in new school
Things to organise for new home
o Newspaper delivery
o Internet and DSTV connection
o Electricity / Gas
The week before moving
o Remind and confirm dates/times/locations for furniture removal company
o Confirm moving in/moving out details and key exchange with your Harcourts consultant
o Let children say goodbye to friends and neighbours
Say goodbye yourself
Have one last check
o Nothing left behind?
o No clothes at dry cleaners?
o No gear stored away from your property?
o Electricity and gas turned off?
o Telephone disconnected?
o Water turned off and no taps left running?
o Light switches off?
o Windows and doors latched?
o Keys with solicitor? (if appropriate)
After the move
o Have spare keys cut
o Make an insurance claim, if any damage has occurred during the move
o Familiarise children with how to get to and from school
o Enjoy your new home
o Keep in touch with your Harcourts consultant. We’d love to hear how you are going.