Telephone, internet and cable TV
Water and electricity (arrange a final meter reading)
Obtain supply of boxes (the supermarket can be one supplier)
Get packaging tape and heavy marker pens
Arrange for furniture removal (get quote, confirm time)
Arrange care of your children on moving day
Make suitable arrangements for any pets
Arrange transit insurance and contents and fire insurance for your new home
Organise shifting times with the purchaser of your old property and the previous owner of your new one
Bank, credit card and charge card companies
Post office for redirection of mail
Registrar of motor vehicles and drivers license
Hire purchase or finance companies
Clubs and organisations
Police (if you own and store firearms)
Friends and relatives
Doctor, Dentist, Accountant, Lawyer
Clean the stove and defrost the fridge/freezer
Tidy the yard
Ensure that the fixtures that have been sold with the property aren’t accidentally packed
Disconnect all appliances
Disconnect the TV aerial
Return any borrowed items
Throw out items that you don’t intend taking with you
List valuable items for special care when moving
Advise removal company of dangerous goods being moved (i.e. ammunition, petrol, spirits, chemicals)
Securely pack all jewellery, money, special documents and papers (i.e. legal, tax, insurance etc)
Set aside items you will need on the day of the move so you can take them with you (i.e. food, drinks, cleaning products)
Pack each room leaving the boxes stacked and labelled with the room they are to be moved to. It is a good idea to write on each box a list of its general content
Clearly label boxes containing breakables as ‘Fragile’ and identify these items to the removal people
Pot and pack away plants and cuttings you are taking with you
Explain your packing procedure to the removal people and be at your new home when they arrive
Put breakables or liquid filled containers in drawers
Overload drawers and make furniture too heavy to shift (too much weight can damage furniture)
Move netting, barbed wire, timber, wood, coal etc without special arrangements being made
Store perishable goods where they might be overlooked
See your attorney to sign transfer documents/mortgage cancellation documents
Enroll children in new school
Coordinate the forwarding of any files from the children’s previous school to their new one
Internet and cable connection
Electricity and water
Remind and confirm dates/times/locations for furniture removal company
Confirm moving in/moving out details and key exchange with your Harcourts consultant
Say goodbye to neighbors
Nothing left behind?
No clothes at the drycleaners?
No gear stored away from your property?
Electricity, gas and telephone disconnected?
Water turned off and no taps left running?
Windows and doors latched?
Keys with attorney (if appropriate)?
Have spare keys cut
Make an insurance claim if any damage has occurred during the move
Teach children how to get to their new school
Enjoy your new home and keep in touch. We’d love to hear how you’re going
Your home has sold. Now what?
When preparing to move there are always so many things to organise and remember. And often it’s the little things that make all the difference. The following guide will help make the whole process smooth and stress-free for you and your family.