Preparing for your move

Your Personal Arrangements

  • Passports and Visas (for you, your partner, your children and your pets)
  • Work Permits (if required)
  • International drivers license
  • Overseas banking arrangements/fund transfers etc ;
  • Tax refund (if applicable)
  • Charge cards
  • Travel booking completed



  • Personal accident and medical insurance (for you and your family)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Insurance for your home and possessions in transit
  • Inoculations, if required (for you and your pets)
  • Overseas accommodation booked


Remember To Inform The Following Of Your Impending Departure

  • All utility companies
  • Telecommunications supplier
  • Postal service
  • Banks/Building societies or other financial institutions eg. credit card companies, savings accounts
  • Your ISP
  • Local council and Electoral register
  • Insurance companies
  • Schools
  • Clubs
  • Your solicitor
  • Your Doctor
  • Your Dentist
  • All publications you subscribe to
  • If you are renting, inform your Landlord or their agents
  • Your family
  • Friends


Just Before You Move

  • Cancel all your delivery services, eg. milk, laundry, newsagent, baker, fuel/oil. Remove all food from and defrost your fridge and freezer
  • Empty fuel from mowers, lamps, heaters and any motor vehicle that is to be moved. Clean out your medical cabinet and dispose of any unwanted / expired drugs at your local chemists.
  • Collect any laundry, dry cleaning or items left for repair
  • Go through your garage, garden shed, cellars, attics etc. and sort out what you want to take and what is not needed. We can dispose of unwanted household items for you.
  • Have the motors on any domestic appliances secured for travel
  • Any items of great value should be itemised and special insurance cover should be taken out
  • Arrange for someone to look after your children on moving day
  • Arrange care and transport for any pets. They are affected by moving more than humans so special care should be taken
  • Please use our Air/Sea/Store/Stay sticky labels to assist your moving crew. Please don't stick these labels to polished surfaces


Allow Plenty Of Time For These Points

  • Arrange for any items that are not part of  your move to be sold or disposed of. We can dispose of unwanted household items for you.
  • Check with the manufacturers of any domestic appliances that they will work in your new country and how they should be secured in transit
  • Arrange for an electrician to remove any special electrical fittings that you want to take with you
  • Arrange to have your carpets lifted and cleaned if you are taking them with you
  • Remove valuables from their current location and put them in a secure place separate from the rest of your belongings. This includes all your legal documents, passports, birth certificates etc. None of these items should be left for the movers to transport


On Moving Day

  • Be sure to tell your removal operatives as soon as they arrive if they can use the drive to park their vehicle
  • Point out to the removal operatives which goods are to be packed and moved. This allows them to work out in what order to pack and load your belongings to take best care of fragile items.
  • Remember to inform the movers of any items to be packed from cellars, attics, or the garden
  • Check you have nothing lying around the garden etc
  • Turn off all taps, heating systems
  • Turn off gas, electricity, water, and any other domestic services
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Don’t let the movers go until you have checked all rooms with them them
  • Most importantly don’t panic


On Arrival At Destination

  • Be there to receive your goods
  • Direct the movers as they bring items into the house
  • If possible, let the removal men unpack your goods, it is quicker and safer, and may be a requirement of your transit insurer
  • Decide where heavy pieces of furniture are to go before the men arrive
  • Our men remove all used cartons and packaging from the premises on removal day unless requested to leave them
  • There will be an additional charge for collection of packaging material if requested for a later date
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