Moving house can be a bit of a hectic time in our lives but like always a bit of good planning can go a long way to making things go a lot smoother.
Here is a handy list that can give you guide as to some of the essential steps you need to take before during and after your house move.
Feel free to download our checklist by clicking the download icon to make it easier to keep track of what you have completed and what you still have to do.
Click the checklist download icon for a much more detailed checklist and we recommend everyone download it I guarantee there will be at least a few items on there that you haven’t thought about yet.
Have you notified the following of your change in address?
Post Office (for mail redirection)
Financial institutions (to transfer and close accounts)
Insurance company (to transfer or terminate household insurance)
Life insurance company
Car insurance company
Health insurance company
School principal (to receive a letter regarding the status of your children in school)
Shops and stores where you have charge accounts
Publications you subscribe to
Doctor(s) and dentist (to obtain copies of your records)
Have you discontinued these services?
Cable/satellite/Internet television service
Internet service provider/Telephone
Defrost your refrigerator/freezer and drain all water hoses
Disconnect your washing machine and drain water
Check with manufacturer to ensure all major appliances are correctly prepared for moving
Empty all gas cylinders (Verify first that they may be shipped to your destination)
Arrange for electricity and gas companies to disconnect any fittings from the supply
Dispose of items you do not wish to take with you
Removed your own fixtures and fittings from walls
Put important items such as passports and tickets in your personal luggage so they are not accidentally packed
Arranged for someone to look after your children on the packing days (this can be a stressful time for them)
Washed thoroughly any items that may be of interest to quarantine (i.e, mowers, garden tools, golf equipment, bicycles, etc.).
The following are classified as dangerous goods and cannot be stored or transported:
New or partially used cans of paint
Gas cylinders, turpentine (unless emptied)
Aerosols (any kinds)
A few don’ts:
Don’t forget to detail any high-value items (e.g. antiques, furs, paintings) in your transit protection declaration—a separate valued list is requested
Don’t put breakables in drawers
Don’t put liquid in drawers (sauce bottles, perfumes, etc.)
Don’t overload furniture with too many items (in drawers)
Don’t store perishable foods, such as cereals, flours, etc.
Don’t polish your furniture prior to your move. Polishing surfaces can cause furniture to condensate when wrapped
Don’t store or transport jewelry, money, legal documents, taxation papers, insurance policies or other high-value/irreplaceable articles (keep these items with you)
Don’t forget to check your home for any belongings the packing crew may have missed—before they leave.
One last look around…
Anything left behind in the attic, garden, garage or basement?
No clothes at the dry cleaners, shoes at shoe repair shops, sporting goods in lockers at clubs/schools?
Are the water heater, main power and gas connections turned off?
If possible, turn off air conditioners and use them only when necessary during the packing. Furniture kept in a constantly cooled climate may condensate when suddenly exposed to hot air. Allowing your furniture to adapt to the warm air can be helpful in eliminating moisture problems during transit
Pack your suitcases and move them (together with your valuables, passports, and tickets) to a safe place, such as a trusted neighbor’s home. This will prevent them from being accidentally packed with your goods
Put your personal telephone and address book with your carry-on luggage for the flight. You may want to get in touch with people later
Dispose of all remaining flammables, dangerous, or hazardous materials. Throw or give away bottles of nail polish, and liquids in glass bottles
Are your windows and doors locked? Old house keys surrendered?