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  • Making the Move

  • If your property is sold, always remember the following things.

    Remember to cancel:

    • Newspaper and/ or milk delivery
    • Telephone, internet and cable
    • Water and Electricity (arrange a final meter reading)

    Organize for moving day:

    • Obtain supply of boxes (the supermarket can be one supplier)
    • Get packaging tape and heavy marker pens
    • Arrange for furniture removal (get quote, confirm time)
    • Arrange car for children on moving day
    • Make suitable arrangements for any pets
    • Arrange transit insurance and contents and fire insurance for your new home
    • Organise shifting times with the purchaser of your old property and the previous owner of your new one.

    Notify your change of address to:

    • Bank, Credit card and charge card companies
    • Post office for redirection of mail
    • Registrar of motor vehicles and driver’s license
    • SARS
    • insurance Companies
    • Hire purchase of finance companies
    • Investment Companies
    • Local Council
    • Clubs and Organisations
    • Police (if you own and store firearms)
    • Friends and relatives
    • Magazine Subscriptions
    • Doctor, Dentist, Accountant, Lawyer

    Don’t forget:

    • Clean the stove and defrost the freezer/fridge
    • Tidy the garden
    • Ensure that the fixtures 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
    • 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 (i.e. food, drinks, cleaning products)
    • Pack each room leaving the boxes stacked and labelled with the room they are to be moved to. It is a good idea to write on each box a list of it’s general content.
    • Clearly label boxes containing breakables as “fragile” and identify these items to the 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

    Do not:

    • Put breakables or liquid filled containers in drawers
    • Overload drawers and make furniture too heavy to shift (too much weight can damage the furniture)
    • Move netting, barbed wire, timber wood, coal etc. without special arrangements being made
    • Store perishable goods where they might be overlooked

    Make arrangements to:

    • See your attorney to sign transfer documents/ mortgage cancellation documents
    • Enroll children in new school
    • Coordinate the forwarding of any files from the children’s previous school to their new one

    Organize for your new home:

    • Newspaper delivery
    • Telephone
    • Internet and cable connections
    • Electricity and Water

    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 CommFREE consultant
    • Say goodbye to your neighbours

    One last Check:

    • Nothing left behind?
    • No clothes at the drycleaners?
    • No gear stored away from your property?
    • Electricity, gas and telephone disconnected?
    • Water turned off and no taps left running?
    • Windows and doors latched?
    • Keys with agent (if appropriate)?

    After it’s all over:

    • Have spare keys of new home cut
    • Make an insurance claim if any damage has occurred during the move
    • Teach children how to get to their new school
    • Enjoy your new home and keep in touch. We’d love to hear how you are doing

     

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