Moving house? We've got some handy hints!

Nov 20, 2019 8:09:48 PM


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Remember to cancel

  • Newspaper and/or milk delivery
  • Telephone, internet and satellite TV
  • Gas, water and electricity (arrange a final meter reading)

Organise 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 care of your 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 drivers license
  • SARS
  • Insurance companies
  • Hire purchase or 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 fridge/freezer
  • Tidy the yard
  • 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 its general content
  • Clearly label boxes containing breakables as ‘fragile’ and identify these items to the removal people
  • Pot and pack away the plants and cuttings you’re taking
  • 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 move (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 to

  • Move netting, barbed wire, timber, wood, coal etc. withoutspecial arrangements being made


One last check

  • Nothing left behind?
  • No clothes at the dry cleaners?
  • Electricity, gas and telephone disconnected?
  • Water turned off and no taps left running?
  • Windows and doors latched?


After it’s all over

  • Have spare keys 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’re doing