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Planning Your Move

March 22, 2013

Planning Your Move


One month to go

  • Notify friends, family and companies of change of address
  • Accountant, bank-transfer accounts, clubs, gas, electricity, insurance, telecommunications, subscriptions, Council, obtain Doctor & school records, vet, dentist, etc
  • Organise goods for disposal/garage sale
  • Book Moves & organise insurance
  • Start file on move
  • Check house, attics, under house, garden, sheds etc for goods to be taken
  • Make travel arrangements, or if driving ensure car in top condition
  • Postal redirection
  • Contact electoral office

Two weeks to go

  • Finalise Moves’ pickup date, complete paperwork
  • Request packing cartons if required and start packing, label each carton with room and content
  • Arrange method of payment with Moves
  • Arrange for pet shipment
  • Confirm travel plans
  • Collect loaned goods, return borrowed items
  • Collect dry cleaning
  • Organise disconnection of services to house
  • Organise connection of services to new home
  • Ensure loose items on boats or trailers are packed away securely

One week to go

  • Dispose of old medicines and flammable items
  • Pack cases
  • Arrange for curtains, rods, shelves TV antenna to be dismantled
  • Arrange babysitter for moving day
  • Arrange cleaner for new home, and move out day in your current home, closets shelves and floors
  • Transporting car to new location, finalise arrangements
  • If possible obtain street directory to new home location
  • Cancel any deliveries
  • Drain gas /petrol from various containers
  • Remove batteries from devices

Pre move day

  • Empty and defrost fridge, dispose of food
  • Leave out utensils and food for meals next day
  • Finish packing, ensure valuables are with you and travel documents
  • If Moves are packing your goods they will be there
  • Leave forwarding details for landlord/new tenant
  • Notify police/neighbours should house be vacant for longer term

Moving day

  • Be present to instruct Moves
  • Collect house keys and store in safe place
  • Check constantly that all has been packed
  • Check and sign inventory
  • Turn off lights, taps and lock house

New home

  • Confirm delivery details, contact numbers with Moves
  • Do walkthrough inspection of new home, especially if renting
  • Be present when unloading and placement of furniture to happen
  • Check for damage or missing items
  • Check electricity and other services are connected
  • Ensure hot water and power are on

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