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Harcourts Moving Guide

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Harcourts Moving Guide
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  • Milk delivery

  • Newspaper delivery

  • Telephone

  • Internet

  • Cable

  • Gas

  • Electricity

  • Water

  • Other


Get organised

  • Obtain a supply of boxes from places like the supermarket

  • Obtain packaging tape and heavy marker pens

  • Arrange for a furniture removal van

  • Arrange transit insurance

  • Arrange for care of your children on moving

  • Make suitable arrangements for any pets

  • Arrange contents and fire insurance for your new home.  Talk to your Harcourts consultant regarding this.

  • 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

  • Bank

  • Credit card companies, i.e. visa, diners, fuel cards

  • Post office for redirection of mail

  • Registrar of electors (at Post Office)

  • Registrar of motor vehicles & drivers license

  • Tax department

  • Insurance companies (house, contents, car, health etc)

  • Hire purchase or finance company

  • Investment companies

  • Local council

  • Shops where you may have charge cards

  • Clubs and organisations

  • Police (if you own and store firearms)

  • Friends

  • Relatives

  • Publications you subscribe to

  • Doctor

  • Dentist

  • Church

  • Accountant

  • Who else sends me mail?


Remember to

  • Clean the stove

  • Defrost the fridge/freezer

  • Tidy the yard

  • Ensure that the chattels 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 (organise garage sales)

  • 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, e.g. food, drinks, cleaning products

  • Pack each room leaving the boxes stacked and labelled 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

  • Boxes containing breakables label ‘FRAGILE’ and identify these items to your 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


Make arrangements

  • See your solicitor to sign transfer documents/mortgage discharge documents

  • Advise your children’s school that your children are leaving and the name of their new school so that files can be forwarded

  • Enrol children in new school


Things to organise for new home

  • Newspaper delivery

  • Telephone

  • Internet and cable connection

  • Gas

  • Electricity

  • Water

  • Other


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

  • Let children say goodbye to friends and neighbours

  • Say goodbye yourself


Have one last check

  • Nothing left behind?

  • No clothes at dry cleaners?

  • No gear stored away from your property?

  • Electricity and gas turned off?

  • Telephone disconnected?

  • Water turned off and no taps left running?

  • Light switches off?

  • Windows and doors latched?

  • Keys with solicitor? (if appropriate)


After the move

  • Have spare keys cut

  • Make an insurance claim, if any damage has occurred during the move

  • Familiarise children with how to get to and from school

  • Enjoy your new home

  • Keep in touch with your Harcourts consultant.  We’d love to hear how you are going.


If you would like to download a copy of this checklist please click here.