Mov­ing check­list

Whitsunday Times - - DOMAIN -

Mov­ing house is not just about trans­port­ing your pos­ses­sions from one lo­ca­tion to an­other, it’s also about re­ar­rang­ing your life. The Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of Queens­land (REIQ) rec­om­mends the fol­low­ing check­list to help both buy­ers and sell­ers pre­pare for their next move.

Make sure the agent has pro­vided you with all the keys to your new home and that you have handed over the keys from your cur­rent home to the agent or the buyer.

Con­sider chang­ing the locks – you don’t know who might have copies of the keys.

If you are in a rental prop­erty, you will need to re­turn the keys to the agent or land­lord and or­gan­ise the re­fund of your rental bond.

Whether or not you hire re­moval­ists, it is es­sen­tial to plan all the im­por­tant as­pects of the move ahead of time.

If you are do­ing the pack­ing, label ev­ery­thing clearly and box the items by room.

A floor plan of your new home should help you out. Oth­er­wise, make sure your movers have a copy of the floor plan, and in­tend to fol­low it.

Break­ables should be wrapped in­di­vid­u­ally in news­pa­per, with the heav­i­est items at the bot­tom of the box.

Con­sider pack­ing very frag­ile and per­sonal items sep­a­rately and tak­ing them in your car.

It's good to have a box of es­sen­tials on hand, in­clud­ing items such as scis­sors and knives, mask­ing tape, bub­ble wrap, old news­pa­pers and rags, ad­dress book and con­tact num­bers, garbage bags and clean­ing prod­ucts.

Ser­vices such as the elec­tric­ity, wa­ter, gas and tele­phone should be dis­con­tin­ued be­fore you leave the premises. Do not wait un­til the last minute to no­tify the var­i­ous au­thor­i­ties as in some cases me­ters must be read.

Don’t for­get to or­gan­ise re­con­nec­tion of ser­vices at your new home.

Ad­vise all who need to know of your new ad­dress.

As well as fam­ily and friends, th­ese may in­clude your bank, so­lic­i­tor, credit card com­pany, in­sur­ance com­pany, tele­phone com­pany, so­cial se­cu­rity, the tax of­fice, your child's school and all the or­gan­i­sa­tions and clubs you be­long to.

Look through some of your past mail to check whether you have left any­one out.

Redi­rect­ing your mail at the post of­fice will help with any­one you have for­got­ten or mail that has been sent prior to no­ti­fi­ca­tion of a changed ad­dress.

Re­mem­ber, your ad­dress will also need to be changed on your driver's li­cence.

De­liv­er­ies, such as milk, news­pa­per or mag­a­zine sub­scrip­tions, and so on will need to be can­celled.

If you have al­ready or­dered prod­ucts they may have to be redi­rected.

Once you’ve taken care of the prac­ti­cal as­pects of the move its time to say good­bye to your neigh­bours and set­tle into your new home.

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