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A moving guide

Preparing to Move


  • Magazine delivery.
  • Telephone.
  • Internet.
  • Cable.
  • Gas.
  • Electricity.
  • Water.
  • Other.

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?

Get organised

  • Book a removal company.
  • Obtain a supply of boxes.
  • Obtain packaging tape and heavy marker pens.
  • 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.
  • Organise shifting times with the purchaser of your old property and the previous owner of your new one. Your Harcourts salesperson will help co-ordinate this.

Have you remembered 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.

The big move - things to organise for new home

  • 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 salesperson.
  • 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)

Settling in 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 salesperson. We’d love to hear how you are going.