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Harcourts Ballarat Moving Guide

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Harcourts Moving Guide




Newspaper delivery










Get organised:


Obtain a supply of boxes from places like the supermarket

Obtain packaging tape and heavy marker pens

Arrange for a furniture removal van

Arrange transit insurance

Arrange for care of your children on moving

Make suitable arrangements for any pets

Arrange contents and fire insurance for your new home (talk to your Harcourts consultant regarding this)

Organise shifting times with the purchaser of your old property and the previous owner of your new one (your Harcourts consultant will help co-ordinate this)



Notify your change of address to:



Credit card companies, i.e. visa, diners, fuel cards

Post office for redirection of mail

Registrar of electors (at Post Office)

Registrar of motor vehicles & drivers license

Tax department

Insurance companies (house, contents, car, health etc)

Hire purchase or finance company

Investment companies

Local council

Shops where you may have charge cards

Clubs and organisations

Police (if you own and store firearms)



Publications you subscribe to





Who else sends me mail?



Remember to:


Clean the stove

Defrost the fridge/freezer

Tidy the yard

Ensure that the chattels that have been sold with the property aren’t accidentally packed

Disconnect all appliances

Disconnect the TV aerial

Return any borrowed items

Throw out items that you don’t intend taking with you (organise garage sales)

List valuable items for special care when moving

Advise removal company of dangerous goods being moved i.e. ammunition, petrol, spirits, chemicals

Securely pack all jewellery, money, special documents and papers (i.e. legal, tax, insurance etc)

Set aside items you will need on the day of the move so you can take them with you, e.g. food, drinks, cleaning products

Pack each room leaving the boxes stacked and labelled with the room they are to be moved to i.e. kitchen.  It is a good idea to write on each box a list of its general content

Boxes containing breakables label ‘FRAGILE’ and identify these items to your removal people

Pot and pack away plants and cuttings you are taking with you

Explain your packing procedure to the removal people and be at your new home when they arrive





Put breakables or liquid filled containers in drawers

Overload drawers and make furniture too heavy to shift (too much weight can damage furniture)

Move netting, barbed wire, timber, wood, coal etc, without special arrangements being made

Store perishable goods where they might be overlooked



Make arrangements:


See your solicitor to sign transfer documents/mortgage discharge documents

Advise your children’s school that your children are leaving and the name of their new school so that files can be forwarded

Enrol children in new school



Things to organise for new home:


Newspaper delivery


Internet and cable connection







The week before moving:


Remind and confirm dates/times/locations for furniture removal company

Confirm moving in/moving out details and key exchange with your Harcourts consultant

Let children say goodbye to friends and neighbours

Say goodbye yourself



Have one last check:


Nothing left behind?

No clothes at dry cleaners?

No gear stored away from your property?

Electricity and gas turned off?

Telephone disconnected?

Water turned off and no taps left running?

Light switches off?

Windows and doors latched?

Keys with solicitor? (if appropriate)



After the move:


Have spare keys cut

Make an insurance claim, if any damage has occurred during the move

Familiarise children with how to get to and from school

Enjoy your new home

Keep in touch with your Harcourts consultant.  We’d love to hear how you are going!