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Moving home

General moving tips





Remember to cancel


  • Newspaper/milk delivery
  • Telephone, internet and satellite TV
  • Gas, water and electricity (arrange a final meter reading) – Maybe take a photo and sent to relevant email


Organize for moving day


  • Obtain supply of boxes 9the supermarket can be a supplier)
  • Get packaging tape and heavy marker pen
  • Arrange for furniture removal (get quote, confirm time)
  • Arrange care of your children on moving day
  • Make suitable arrangements for any pets
  • Arrange transit insurance and contents and fire insurance for your new home
  • Organize shifting times with the purchaser of your old property and the previous owner of your new one


Notify your change of address to


  • Bank, credit card and charge card companies
  • Post office for redirection of mail
  • Elections registrar
  • Registrar of motor vehicles and drivers license
  • SARS
  • Insurance companies
  • Hire purchase or finance companies
  • Local council
  • Clubs and organizations
  • Police (if you own and store fire arms)
  • Friends and relatives
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Doctor, dentist, accountant, lawyer, etc.


Don’t forget


  • Clean the stove and defrost the fridge/freezer
  • Tidy the yard
  • Ensure that the chattels have been sold with the property aren’t accidently packed
  • Disconnect all appliances
  • Disconnect the TV aerial
  • Return any borrowed items
  • Throw away items that you don’t intend taking with you
  • List valuable items for special care when moving
  • Advice Removal Company of dangerous goods being moved (petrol, spirits, etc.)
  • Securely pack all jewelry, money, special documents and papers
  • Set aside items you will need on the day of the move so you can take them with you (food, drinks, cleaning products)
  • Pack each room leaving the boxes stacked and labeled with the room they are to be moved to. It is a good idea to write on each box a list of its general content
  • Clearly label boxes containing breakables as  ‘fragile’ and identify these items to the removal people
  • Pot and pack away the plants and cuttings you’re taking
  • Explain your packing procedure to the removal people and be at your new home when they arrive




  • Put breakables or liquid filled containers into drawers
  • Overload drawers and make furniture too heavy to move as it can damage the furniture
  • Move netting, barbed wire, timber, wood, etc. without special arrangements being made
  • Store perishable goods where they might be overlooked


Make arrangements to


  • See your conveyancer to sign transfer documents/mortgage discharge documents
  • Enroll children in new school
  • Coordinate the forwarding of any files from the children’s old school to their new one


Organise for your new home


  • Newspaper delivery
  • Telephone
  • Internet and satellite TV connection
  • Gas, electricity and water


The week before moving


  • Remind and confirm dates, times and locations for furniture removal company
  • Confirm moving in/out details and key exchange with your Harcourts consultant
  • Say goodbye to neighbours


One last check


  • Nothing left behind?
  • No clothes at the dry cleaners?
  • No gear stored away from your property?
  • Electricity, gas and telephone disconnected?
  • Water turned off and no taps left running?
  • Windows and doors latched?
  • Keys with attorney (if appropriate)?


After it’s all over


  • Have spare keys cut
  • Make an insurance claim if any damage occurred during the move
  • Teach children how to get to their new school
  • Enjoy your new home and keep in touch