Preparing For Your Move

  • Have a clean out - sell or dispose of unwanted items - the less to move the easier.
  • If you are doing your own packing, gather together packing materials - tape, boxes, bubble wrap, paper and marker pens - and start packing, it’s never too soon!
  • Pick up a change of address kit from NZ Post.
  • Notify the utilities - power, phone, gas.
  • Advise your doctor, dentist and other medical providers.
  • If you have children then notify their schools, day-care or other care providers.
  • Contact your bank - do you need to change branches?
  • Notify your insurance company.
  • If you have animals then consider what you will do with them on moving day and how they will be transported.

One Week to Go …

  • Have a final clean out - use up or dispose of any food, medicines or cleaning materials that do not need to be taken with you.
  • Empty any gas bottles and drain all fuel from lawnmowers and other machinery.-Finalise power, phone, and gas for the new address.
  • If required then confirm details with your care providers for your children or pets for moving day.
  • If purchasing a new property then contact your lawyer and confirm settlement arrangements are in place to avoid any unnecessary delays.
  • If you have a shared driveway let your neighbours know what day the removal truck is coming.
  • Set aside any personal or important items that are not to go into the removal truck.

On The Day …

  • Move any vehicles so there is clear driveway access for the removal truck.
  • Do a final meter reading for power / gas / water.
  • Leave a forwarding address for the new residents to forward mail to.
  • Empty the fridge and freezer.
  • Disconnect the washing machine.
  • Make sure the dishwasher is emptied.
  • Check all rooms, wardrobes and cupboards to make sure nothing is forgotten.
  • Check that all lights are off and all windows and doors are locked before you leave.
  • If required, hand over the keys to the house.
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