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Moving Tips

Here are some handy tips for you in preparation of your move.

4 Weeks Before Moving

  • File a change of address form with the Post Office for each person receiving mail at your home.
  • Notify creditors, magazines, and book and record clubs of your new address.
  • Contact doctors and dentists for your family’s medical records.
  • Ask your doctors for colleague recommendations in your new area.
  • Get copies of renewable prescriptions.
  • Decide which items should be discarded or donated to charity. (Consider having a garage sale.)
  • Complete a home inventory listing each possession, date purchased and value.
  • Notify your local authorities (water, gas, electricity) to have your service turned off after your departure.
  • Contact utilities at your new home for connections.
  • Notify your children’s schools, your church, clubs and any other organisations of your impending move.

3 Weeks Before Moving

  • Decide which items you will pack, and request delivery of packing materials from M and M Removals
  • Sketch out the floor plan of your new home to determine placement of furnishings.
  • Make a list of names, addresses and numbers you will need or want to remember.
  • Pack your local phone book and Yellow Pages so you can contact businesses after your move.
  • Notify M and M Removals if you have changed anything about your move; household goods, destination, dates of the move, etc.
  • Make arrangements to move your plants and pets.
  • Transfer contents of safety deposit box.
  • Check home owners insurance policies to see if moving is covered.
  • Transfer insurance to cover fire, theft and personal property at your new home.
  • When packing dispose of items you do not require in your new home.
  • (A car boot sale can be a good idea)

2 Weeks Before Moving

  • Plan your trip to your new destination.
    (Make travel accommodations, and if driving, have your car serviced.)
  • Return borrowed things, and collect things you’ve loaned.
  • Make arrangements for servicing your appliances both at your current home and your new home
  • Dispose of flammables such as petrol, matches, cleaning fluids, bleach, pressurised or aerosol cans
  • Discontinue regular services such as newspaper, window cleaning, etc.
  • If moving your TV antenna or satellite dish, make arrangements to have it taken down.
  • Make arrangements to discontinue your local telephone service and broadband on the day on your move. (Your local telephone company can help you establish these services at your new home.)
  • Arrange parking at your old and new addresses, if necessary.
    (Your local council should be able to assist.)

1 Week Before Moving

  • Transfer bank and savings accounts so you do not lose interest.
  • Determine which items you’re taking with you.
    If doing your own packing, pack these items and set aside in a designated area.
  • Have rugs and curtains cleaned. (Keep in protective bags.)
  • Use up your frozen food supply or give it away.
  • Drain the fuel from lawnmowers and other power equipment.
  • Pack and empty your loft/sheds.

1 Day Before Moving

  • Pack a box of things you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your new home. (This might include disposable plates and cups, cold drinks, snacks, T-bags, coffee, dried milk powder, electric kettle, non-aerosol cleaning supplies, light tools, bathroom items, bin bags, light bulbs).
    Take this box with you or have the driver load it last and unload first.
    This is usually the day packing is done. Make sure all packing services have been performed before you sign for them.
  • Defrost, thoroughly clean and dry refrigerator.
  • Take pictures and mirrors down and put all in one place.
  • Disconnect your cooker, washing machine, dishwasher.

Moving Day

  • Disconnect any light fittings.
  • Make sure plants are drained of excess water.
  • Be on hand when the M and M Removals driver arrives and throughout the loading process. (If you can’t be there, make sure someone can to direct the movers. Make sure the driver has in writing the name and phone number of that person.)
  • Accompany the driver during inventory. Check on the condition of your goods as they are loaded.
  • Make a final tour of your home. See that nothing is overlooked.
  • Sign the removal verification sheet and make sure your new address and phone number are correct.
  • Lock all windows and doors, and turn off all switches
  • Either take your pets to kennels, a friend’s, or ensure they are in a locked room during the removal.
  • Jewellery and cash should be moved by you and is your responsibility.
  • Arrange for a cleaner to clean your old and new address.
  • It is a good idea to arrange for a friend to have the children if possible.