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whether you’re a buyer or a seller, chances are you’ll need to organize a move of address. here’s a handy checklist to help you plan your move.

you’ll also find links to emove, a neat service that help’s you simplify the process of connecting utilities, organizing removalists and notifying organizations of change of address.

things to do

make a list of organisations you need to notify about your move. these include utlities, telcos, banks, health funds, newspapers, drivers licence, car registration. note: include the organisations that send you mail or have you on their database.
change of address notification service – use the emove service to notify these organisations. remember – first, gather your bills, statements, wallet or purse to ensure you have account and reference details at hand. emove is a free here to start.

disconnect and reconnect utilities – use emove to get the ball rolling. click here to start.

find removalists – get quotes – use emove to get quotes from leading names – removalists, storage, cleaning, truck or ute hire etc. it’s free. click here to start.

tell friends and family when and where you will be moving to. use e-cards to do this quickly and easily.
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settle any outstanding bills.
check if and what moving expenses are deductible. ask your employer what moving expenses they will pay.
create an inventory list of items you want to move. separate moving items into categories, e.g. “moving”, “storage” “disposal”, “giveaway”, “garage sale”.
new city? research general information about your new city. where is the local supermarket, hospital, petrol station etc? check local schools and child care facilities in the new area. arrange the transfer of your children’s school records to the new school.
back up the computer hard disk. ensure the printer, scanner etc are ready to travel. see the manufacturer’s warranty if need be.
pick up your family’s dental, school, vet and medical records.
formally notify landlord of vacation of premises date. arrange to settle all outstanding debts. arrange for a property inspection so that you may recoup any bond owing to you.
3 weeks out – begin your packing of items that aren’t used often e.g. those stored in your basement, garage or attic. these should be the first to be packed or earmarked for a garage sale. if you need quotes on packing, emove can help you. click here to find a packer
have your garage sale at least 14 days before you move so that you have plenty of time to get rid of the unsold items.
drain and disassemble waterbeds ready for transport.
disassemble any built in fixtures and fittings ready for transport.
disassemble outdoor items i.e. swing sets, cubby house etc. remember to place all bolts, brackets and screws in a labeled sealed container for safe keeping.
disassemble all prefabricated furniture ready for transport such as computer desks or sewing machine desks.
open new bank accounts in your new city as well as other required services such as safety deposit boxes and post office boxes.
if you own a pet, get records, medical history, immunisation certificates etc from your vet. have it ready for collection as close to the time as possible. a good idea is to provide your pet with a familiar toy for reassurance during the trip.
move valuables to a safety deposit box and out of harm’s way. take these out of safety deposit just before moving day.

the following are classed as dangerous goods and cannot be stored or transported:

1. ammunition
2. new or partially used cans of paint
3. linseed oil
4. bleach products
5. gas cylinders (unless emptied) turpentine
6. kerosene
7. petrol
8. cleaning fluids
9. aerosols of any kind
10. vegetable oils
11. chemical sets
make your travel bookings/arrangements at least 3 weeks out e.g. plan your route, travel stops and accommodation.
arrange to have sufficient cash or travellers’ cheques to cover the move.
confirm your moving schedule with the new real estate agent or landlord at the new location. arrange interim housing if required.
separate the boxes and luggage needed for yourself and your family.
plan for any special needs of children and pets prior to, during and after the move such as medication, food, care or entertainment.
if temporary storage will be required at the new locality, source it close to your new home.
give the removalist plenty of notice for the move. if you can get them to come during a quiet time, you may be able to get a cheaper price.
if you hire a ute or a truck to move, it is cheaper mid week. if you are only going one way make sure that you have advised the hirer that the vehicle is being dropped off at the depot near your destination to avoid extra fees.
make sure you advise your car insurance company that your car will be living in a new area. it may change the cost of your premium; but if you haven’t told the insurance company and you have an accident, you may not be covered.
service your car, lawnmower and other mechanical assets. drain oil if you wish to avoid leakage and/or fire during the move.
gather your spare keys and hand them over to the real estate agent or new owner/tenant.
take the electric garage door opener out of the car before you go.
before you move, consult long range weather forecasts to see what the weather will be like on move day. it’s always a good idea to expect rain and be prepared for it.
return video’s, dvd’s and library books.
make sure you confirm the date of service commencement with new utilities.
make plans for spending your last night at your old address: – where you will stay, whether and how you will celebrate/say your last good-byes etc. don’t forget to check all of the cupboards before you go!
plan to use any remaining food in your refrigerator over the last days in your old home defrost and clean refrigerator, using baking soda to dispel odors 2 days before you move.
pack your personal luggage last. carry jewelry and valuable documents yourself or use registered mail.
create an inventory list while you are packing for each box. attach it to each box as you pack it. this will help if you need to find something after it has been packed. make a copy for every box you have to pack.
on your moving day approve and sign a bill of lading and accompany driver to the weigh station if possible.
on your moving day do a final tour of your home, double-checking cupboards, drawers, attic and other previously used (and possibly secret) storage areas for belongings that may have been left behind.
on your moving day, plan to spend the entire day at the old house. don’t leave until the movers have.

on your moving day make sure you have a couple of boxes left over for things that may suddenly appear or become part of the move.

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