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Moving Guide

Your Moving Guide

Make Moving Home A Breezethis these easy guidelines
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Cancel / Transfer

o                    Newspaper delivery

o                    Telephoneboxes

o                    Electricity

o                    Water

o                    Other


Get organised

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                    Church

o                    Accountant

o                    Who else sends me mail?


Remember to

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


Make arrangements

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                    Telephone

o                    Internet and DSTV connection

o                    Electricity / Gas

o                    Water

o                    Other

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

o                    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.