Post Office (for mail redirection)
Banks (to transfer and close accounts)
Insurance company (to transfer or terminate household insurance)
Life Insurance company
Car Insurance company
Health Insurance company
School (to obtain a letter regarding the status of your children in school)
Shops and Stores where you have charge accounts
Relatives, Friends and regular correspondents
Publications you subscribe to
Doctor(s) and dentist (to obtain copies of your records)
Your Place of Worship
Newspaper / Publication Delivery
Defrosted your refrigerator/freezer and drained all water hoses.
Disconnected your washing machine and drained water.
Checked with manufacturer to ensure all major appliances are correctly prepared for moving.
Emptied all gas cylinders (first verify if they may be shipped to your destination)
Arranged for electricity and gas companies to disconnect any fittings from the supply.
Dispose of items you do not wish to take with you.
Returned books, videos, etc…
Removed your own fixtures and fittings from walls.
Put important items such as passports and tickets in your personal luggage so they are not accidentally packed.
Arranged for someone to look after your children on the packing days (this can be a stressful time for them).
Washed thoroughly any items that may be of interest to quarantine (i.e. mowers, garden tools, golf equipment, bicycles, etc.).
New or partially used cans of paint.
Gas cylinders, Turpentine (unless emptied)
Aerosols (any kinds)
Don’t forget to detail any high value items (e.g. antiques, furs, paintings) in your transit protection declaration – a separate valued list is requested.
Don’t put breakables in drawers.
Don’t put liquid in drawers (sauce bottles, perfumes, etc.)
Don’t overload furniture with too many items (in drawers)
Don’t store perishable foods such as cereals, flours, etc.
Don’t polish your furniture prior to your move. Polishing surfaces can cause furniture to condensate when wrapped.
Don’t store or transport jewelry, money, legal documents, taxation papers, insurance policies or other high value/irreplaceable articles (keep these items with you).
Don’t forget to check your home for any belongings the packing crew may have missed – before they leave.
Anything left behind? The attic, garden, garage, basement?
No clothes at the drycleaners, shoes at shoe repair shops, sporting goods in lockers at clubs/schools?
Are the water heater, main power and gas taps turned off?
If possible turn off air conditioners and use them only when necessary during the packing. Furniture kept
in a constantly cooled climate may condensate when suddenly exposed to hot air. Allowing your furniture to adapt to the warm air can be helpful in eliminating moisture problems during transit.
Pack your suitcases and move them (together with your valuables, passports, and tickets) to a safe place, such as a trusted neighbor’s home. This will prevent them from being accidentally packed with your goods.
Put your personal telephone and address book with your carry on luggage for the flight. You may want to get in touch with people later.
Dispose of all remaining flammables, dangerous, or hazardous materials. Throw or give away bottles of nail polish, and liquids in glass bottles.
Are your windows and doors locked? Old house keys surrendered?
All done, get a good night’s rest!