Conseils pratiques

 1 . Have you notified the following of your change in address?

  • Post Office (for mail redirection)
  • Financial institutions (and transferred or closed accounts)
  • Taxation department
  • Leasing company
  • Insurance company (and transferred or terminated household insurance)
  • Life insurance company
  • Car insurance company
  • Health insurance company
  • School principal (and obtained a letter regarding the status of your children in school)
  • Relatives, friends and regular correspondents
  • Clubs (and transferred or terminated memberships)
  • Doctor and dentist (and obtained copies of your medical records)
  • You lawyer
  • Your place of workship

2. Have you discontinued these services?

  • Gas
  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Telephone / Cable Television
  • Newspaper / Publication Delivery
  • Internet subscription
  • Alarm Company
  • Gardener / Lawn Maintenance

3. Have you also?

  • Defrosed your refrigerator / freezer and drained all water hoses. (Leave doors open two days prior to packing to release moisture)
  • Disconnected your washing machine and drained water
  • Checked with manufacturer to ensure all major appliances are correctly prepared for moving
  • Emptied / purged all gas cylinders . (First check if they may be shipped into your destination)
  • Arranged for electricity or gas companies to disconnect any fittings from the supply
  • Disposed of items you don’t 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, ladders, outdoor toys, plant pots, barbeque, etc.)
  • Taken ink cartridges out of printers
  • Taken batteries out of remote controls / toys
  • Disconnected all electronic items prior to the packers’ arrival

4. Dangerous goods

  • The following are classified as „DANGEROUS” goods and can not be stored or transported:
  • Ammunition
  • New or partially used cans of paint
  • Turpentine, Kerosene, Petrol
  • Cleaning fluids
  • Aerosols of any kind
  • Chemical sets

5. A few don’ts

  • Don’t put breakables in drawers
  • Don’t put liquid in drawers (sauce bottles, perfumes, etc.)
  • Don’t store perishable foods such as cereals, flours, etc.
  • Don’t polish your furniture prior to your move. Polishing surfaces can cause the 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

6. The night before

  • 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 off all remaining flammables, dangerous or hazardous materials. Throw or give away bottles of nail polish and liquids in glass bottles
  • Place keys to house and cars in a safe location

Get a good night’s rest!