exhilarating time for you. Saying good-bye to the old neighbourhood and
discovering a new one can be an exciting adventure. But let's face it,
adventure's can be exhausting. As much as we sometimes do not
stresses that go with change you need to resolve in your mind that you
enjoy the experience. You need to make a decision to not let the
moving, spoil the excitement of the moment.
your first step in moving – decide that you WILL have a great and
time. It need not be a stressful period and I have therefore provided
a few tools to help along the way.
to a successful move :
to the point of importance to you or browse through ;
positive mindset – as I mentioned above, having the right attitude will
– Use the checklists I have provided and start ahead of time
methodically – Do not put issues off – and make sure the steps are
the important issues – It’s about you and your family – keep the big
the small hiccups – The children spilling ice cream in the car will not
months before your move
Weeks before your move
Weeks before you move
you have moved in
BEFORE YOUR MOVE
moving file. Keep all of your paperwork concerning the move in this one
so nothing is lost or misplaced.
movers and get quotes if you are planning on using a professional
whether they have insurance to cover your goods. You can choose to have
movers pack everything, have them pack just the breakables or you can
and pack it all yourself. Regardless of the packing responsibilities,
good idea to obtain estimates from several different moving companies
for complete references.
that if you are getting your moving quote online or telephonically to
detailed as possible. If your goods for instance, have to be carried
distances to the truck, many movers will use a shuttle vehicle and
extra. If you were quoted from your inventory and have additional
surcharge will be raised for extras. Make sure therefore that your
list is accurate when submitting for a quote
need a rental truck for a "do-it-yourself-move," contact a rental
company and get preliminary information.
collecting boxes if you are not using professional movers to pack as
old newspapers for wrapping breakables.
prepare or design a floor plan for your furniture in your new home.
list for inventory of your belongings. This is helpful in the event of
insurance claim or if you will be having a garage or moving sale.
your children’s school of the pending move if they will be changing
that record can be transferred. It is a good idea to let their teachers
anyway so they are aware the upheaval in their lives.
geographic location permits, prepare your new home for arrival. (New
locks, etc.) The more of this that is done prior to moving in the
Please remember that until transfer actually takes place, something
the sale to fall through and you will lose the money spent on the new
home. If however,
you have the chance to work without the obstructions of furniture,
that you can get twice the work done in half the time.
pet movers if you intend using them. As with any step along the way of
get quotes in writing and make sure the quotes include any promises
rent your present home, give necessary written notice to your landlord
arrangements for the return of any money you have on deposit. Arrange
inspection as soon as possible so you are aware of what the landlord is
expecting to be repaired
repairs to current home that were part of agreement of sale or will be
by your current landlord
BEFORE YOUR MOVE
your decision on a professional mover and make a booking. Make sure
confirm in writing.
yourself, book the truck and confirm with friends and family who will
packing non essential items such as ornaments and clothes that you
will not be wearing
important documents file. Put all important documents in this file such
books etc so that they are always close to hand.
your children in the move. Plan ahead and see my Moving with Children
belongings. Don't take it all. You've probably noticed that your
have a mysterious ability to expand in order to fill any space
their storage. Guess what: If you're moving into a larger home, you'll
more stuff. Before you pack it all into boxes and cart it to a new
take a good look at everything and find out what you can live without.
a great time to have a garage sale and/or hand the goods over to a
arrangements where you would need an airline, train, hotel, bus or car
you are looking at travelling in your own transport, begin to plan the
The wife might well be expecting the family to stop over at her
mother’s on the
way for a visit – avoid unnecessary arguments by discussing it ahead of
the area in which you will be moving for clubs, civic organizations and
churches, so that you can change your membership. Your agent could
lot of help in this regard.
what to do with your pot plants. These are almost always transported at
risk. Perhaps you rather want to hire a trailer and do it yourself. Or
give them as gifts to friends.
serious packing. Of course if you are using the removal company to do
you, they will descend on your home a day or two before moving date and
everything for you. If you're taking on the packing process by
aware that it will take time. Pack well in advance, and take note of
can really live without. You'll have items that need special attention
other items that need to be disassembled. Label each box in detail and
know where it will go in your new home, put the destination on the box.
essential items last.
your address with Department of Home Affairs
your address with SA Revenue Services
your address with UIF Department if you are registered with a housemaid
Email will be changing, advise all those in your contacts that you will
them of your new address. Make a backup as well as print our your
list. If this was a work Email address and of possible arrange for mail
forwarding for a period.
your bank of your intended move and make arrangements for the transfer
account to the new branch. Get contact details of key personnel you
to see once you arrive.
any travel arrangements where you would need an airline, train, hotel,
medical and dental offices to receive records, asking these
referrals and continuing prescriptions.
the inventory list of all of your belongings.
for your pets to be transported.
household items so that there is less to pack and move.
your Newspaper subscription if moving out of town
address for magazine and other subscriptions
notice at the local municipality and advise of final reading date for
your insurance policy for coverage during your move.
notice at your security company for the termination of their services.
them with the new owner/tenants contact details if possible – they will
appreciate being able to contact them for business
notice to your garden service or advise them of change of address if
still be within their service area.
notice to your pool service or advise them of change of address if you
still be within their service area.
garage/moving sale. Remember that if you are going to have a major
drastically reduce the amount of stuff you are taking with, it could
your moving price from the original quote.
notice on your telephone, ADSL and other services.
arrangements for installation of these services in your new home. It s
preferable to only have these installed on the day or after your
early installation could result in abuse before you get there.
all your creditors advising them of your new address for mailing
note of all items out on loan, in for repairs, service etc so that they
your newspaper to your new address if you are still in the same
all of your utilities and change your service to your new address.
those helping you on the day of the move.
confirm all travel reservations you have made.
appliances, you may want to make sure they are inspected before the
have to change banks, close your existing account and open a new one.
funds to your new bank account but make sure you have enough cash on
the move – perhaps you want to look at carrying travellers cheques
important documents and valuables close at hand during the move.
for the move of any infant or small children.
your insurance policy for coverage during your move.
relatives with your travel information.
your freezer and refrigerator.
are goods going to charity call them to collect if they have not done
into a block of flats or other high rise, contact the maintenance
book the elevator
your lawyer or have me do so, to ensure the transfer of properties,
buying or selling is still on track for targeted date.
with Post office to have your mail forwarded
you have collected all dry cleaning, items in for repair, loaned out etc
removal company confirm dates and times are still in order
yourself, confirm truck booking still in order and verify with friends
family who will be helping that they are still available
all school records for your children.
for a pre-closing house inspection or if you have been renting, do so
existing rental agent. This inspection should preferably happen on the
the move itself or at earliest, the day before.
Medical, Prescription, Optical and Dental files for transfer to new
into a building that has a security system, make sure you have access
defrosting and drying out the freezer.
arrangements with new owners/tenants of your present home for
forwarding of any mail that arrives. Make sure you have their contact
and they have yours
the arrangements for your pets
possible, use this final week to begin hanging curtains in the new
will take the stress out of doing so on the day you arrive
now be almost fully packed and living with only the basics still out.
This is a
good time to plan packing your “Essentials Box”, which you will take
These are items you're likely to use or need once you arrive in your
Include items like:
bags (a lot of them!)
plates, cups and plastic utensils
- can opener
flashlight and a few candles
- snacks and
- a couple
of toys or games to keep the little ones occupied
deep breathe and remember that you have decided to relax and enjoy the
moving file on hand for quick referral
doors are open for easy access, remove doors, security gates etc before
from garage and driveway so as to allow movers easy access – and of
damage to your vehicle
walk through of the home to make sure all of your belongings have been
It is the responsibility of the client to ensure everything is loaded
the truck departs – they will not turn back for you
take control of all personal items that are valuable or important to
not be able to be available for both the loading and off loading of
– at your old home and the new. Arrange for a friend or family member
with one of these aspects or ask your RE/MAX agent for assistance.
are items you will need first in your new home (like a baby cot) make
put it in the moving van last. If you are moving yourself, organise the
load to be all your critical items an done of you can make sure they
are set up
in the new home.
you have all the keys, eg. for the garage, front, back and sliding
of your new home, delays cost money.
will also make note of the condition of your goods on a master list. It
responsibility to make sure it's accurate.
are given to the movers, please no alcohol.
own meter readings for water, electricity, gas etc. This will enable
check against the municipal readings for errors.
removal companies will require payment at point of deliver and do not
personal cheques unless by prior arrangement. Make sure you have made
leave the pets behind.
van is unloaded and your goods are unpacked, inspect everything and
of any damage. While movers do unpack, they don't put dishes or linens
the freezer and fridge in and pack all perishable goods away immediately
next day, inspect the home fully to ensure that it is in the condition
originally viewed it and that all plumbing and electrical circuits
work. Make a
detailed list of faults. If you wish, I can be present for this
your service providers to ensure disconnections has taken place at
address and that necessary meter readings were taken. Provide them with
to change Email details on Internet subscriptions, Social Media etc. to
new Email address.
or contact all your creditors and service providers to confirm once
they have your change of address
the family and write cards to all your friends and associates letting
you are in your new home and let them have your new contact details.
shops will always have Styrofoam moulds and boxes available for packing
all electrical equipment and dismantle beds and headboards. Many
reserve the right to raise surcharges for dismantling and for any
items not to be loaded in one room, eg. the bathroom.
pictures, mirrors and glass items in bubble plastic. All glass shelves,
tops etc. to be crated.
and deep freezers must be defrosted empty and dry, especially when
storage or long distance.
drawers and cupboards and lock all valuables eg. Cell phones, wallets,
away in a safe place.
keys from cabinets, draws etc – before the movers arrive
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