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Harcourts Moving Guide

Need Help With Your Move?


Remember to cancel
o   Newspaper and/or milk delivery
o   Telephone, internet and cable TV
o   Gas, water and electricity (arrange a final meter reading)


Organise for moving day
o   Obtain supply of boxes (the supermarket can be one supplier)
o   Get packaging tape and heavy marker pens
o   Arrange for furniture removal (get quote, confirm time)
o   Arrange care of your children on moving day
o   Make suitable arrangements for any pets
o   Arrange transit insurance, home and contents, and fire insurance for your new home
o   Organise shifting times with the buyer of your old property and the previous owner of your new one


Notify your change of address with
o   Bank, credit card and charge card companies
o   Post office for redirection of mail
o   Elections registrar
o   Registrar of motor vehicles and drivers license
o   Tax department
o   nsurance companies
o   Hire purchase or finance companies
o   Investment companies
o   Local council
o   Clubs and organisations
o   Police (if you own and store firearms)
o   Friends and relatives
o   Magazine subscriptions
o   Doctor, dentist, accountant, lawyer


Don’t forget
o   Clean the stove and 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
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 (i.e. food, drinks, cleaning products)
o   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
o   Clearly label boxes containing breakables as ‘fragile’ and identify these items to the removal people
o   Pot and pack away the plants and cuttings you’re taking
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 move (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 to
o   See your solicitor to sign transfer documents / mortgage discharge documents
o   Enrol children in new school
o   Coordinate the forwarding of any files from the children’s previous school to their new one


Organise for your new home
o   Newspaper delivery
o   Telephone
o   Internet and cable TV connection
o   Gas, electricity and water


The week before moving
o   Remind and confirm dates, times and  locations for furniture removal company
o   Confirm moving in/moving out details and key exchange with your Harcourts sales consultant
o   Say goodbye to neighbours


One last check
o   Nothing left behind?
o   No clothes at the dry cleaners?
o   No gear stored away from your property?
o   Electricity, gas and telephone disconnected?
o  Water turned off and no taps left running?
o   Windows and doors latched?
o   Keys with solicitor (if appropriate)?


After it’s all over
o   Have spare keys cut for your new home
o   Make an insurance claim if any damage has occurred during the move
o   Teach children how to get to their new school
o   Enjoy your new home and keep in touch. We’d love to hear how you’re going


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