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Moving house? We've got some handy hints!

05-Apr-2019 12:22:00

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Remember to cancel:

☐ Newspaper and/or milk delivery.

☐ Telephone, internet and cable TV.

☐ Gas, 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.

☐ Elections Registrar.

☐ 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 chattels that have been sold with the

property are not 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 solicitor to sign transfer documents/mortgage

discharge documents.

☐ Enrol 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:

☐ Newspaper delivery.

☐ Telephone.

☐ Internet and cable TV connection.

☐ Gas, 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 neighbours.


One last check:

☐ Nothing left behind?

☐ No clothes at the dry cleaners?

☐ 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 solicitor (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.

Topics: Residential, Selling, Buying, Advice, Moving House