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Moving Guide

Before the 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?

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.

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.