Planning your move

  • Make sure you plan as far ahead as possible.
  • Remember that the removalists will be handling
    your valued and often irreplaceable possessions, so it is important to use
    a reputable firm.
  • Consider insurance to cover your contents
    while they are being moved. Discuss this with the removal company.
  • Obtain a quote for moving and ask for a flat
    rate rather than an hourly rate. If there are any delays and you have an
    hourly rate it can become more expensive than you anticipated.

Packing and Removal

  • If you are packing yourself, start well in
    advance of the moving day and avoid the last minute panic.
  • Defrost your fridge the day before moving.
  • Go through the house with the removalists when
    they arrive, giving any special instructions you may have. Do the same
    when you arrive at your new place.
  • When packing cartons, it is a good idea to
    mark the contents on the top and on the side for easy identification.
  • It is not necessary to empty dresser drawers,
    but remove all fragile and heavy items and all liquids. Do not overload
    the drawers.
  • You can use clean tea towels or tissue to pack
    breakable objects.
  • Carry money, jewellery and valuable papers with
    you. Removalists will not accept responsibility for articles of
    extraordinary value.

Change of Address

  • Notify utility companies (gas, electricity,
    water and telephone) when to discontinue services.
  • Make arrangements in advance for all services
    to be connected at your new home.
  • Notify people of your change of address,
    including bank, motor vehicle registration, post office and organisations
    of which you are a member.