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Making the Move

Things to remember to do

Remember to cancel:

  Telephone, internet and cable TV

 Water and electricity (arrange a final meter reading)

Organise for moving day:

 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

Notify your change of address to:

 Bank, credit card and charge card companies

 Post office for redirection of mail

 Registrar of motor vehicles and drivers license

 Tax department

 Insurance companies

 Hire purchase or finance companies

 Investment companies

 Local council

 Clubs and organisations

 Police (if you own and store firearms)

 Friends and relatives

 Magazine subscriptions

 Doctor, Dentist, Accountant, Lawyer

Don’t forget:

 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

Do not:

 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

Make arrangements to:

 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

Organise for your new home:


 Internet and cable connection

 Electricity and water

The week before moving:

 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

One last check:

 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)?

After it’s all over:

 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.