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Harcourts Moving Guide

 

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  • Newspaper delivery
  • Milk 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

 

 

Don’t

 

  • 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.

 

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