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Moving & Relocating Tips

Moving to Cape Town?  Engel & Völkers Durbanville would love to assist you with your transition process.  Please contact us for information regarding properties in the area to rent or to buy or for a list of useful numbers for the Northern Suburbs.

Moving & Relocating Tips:

Four to Six Weeks before the Move

•Clean out your closets, cupboards, toy chests, shelves and garage. It is a good idea to discard anything you do not want or need. A rule of thumb is if you did not use something in the last year or two, chances are you do not really need it. Consider having a garage sale, gift unwanted items to friends and neighbours or donate them to charities. 

•Arrange to collect any advance or security deposits on utilities or rentals. These could be a nice addition to your tight relocation budget.

•Evaluate whether to move your appliances and old furniture. Consider how old they are and how well they will fit into your new decor. Check if your new home has an oven. Also, if your refrigerator, washer or dryer will not fit in your new home, consider leaving them behind.

•Make a complete list of items to be moved. Decide which plants will come with you and which will stay behind.

•Use up your food. Frozen foods cannot be moved safely. It is likewise unnecessary to carry a heavy load of canned or packaged foods with you.

•Notify the security company and all other regular service providers such gardening services of your moving date.

•Notify your post office, subscription publications, and other correspondents of your moving date and provide them with your new address.

•Check your homeowner's insurance and make arrangements to renew your policy. You should contact an insurance company at your destination.

•Check the status of your club/gym memberships. The money you paid in advance may be refunded or you might consider transferring the membership to a friend.

•Consult your veterinarian regarding your pet's travel needs and make the necessary preparations.

•Collect the items you lent to your friends such as books and CDs and give back all the items you borrowed. Do not forget to return library books and DVD rentals.

•Research schools in your new neighbourhood and register your children. Make arrangements to transfer all necessary school records. See our list of all schools in Durbanville and Surrounds.

•Plan your moving date and take into consideration your travel plans and the closing date of your new home.

Two to Three Weeks before the Move

•Verify the date of your departure and contact the telephone, alarm/security companies to confirm the date to discontinue services. Notify your realtor or landlord. Make arrangements with utility companies at your new location to start services on the date of your arrival. Absence of vital utility service is very uncomfortable and often leads to unnecessary expenses for temporary accommodations and meals.

•Discontinue newspaper /magazine deliveries.

•Make sure to check fitness club, school or gymnasium lockers for stored belongings.

•Ask your friends or your current doctors for referrals in the new location. Transfer medical records and get all necessary prescriptions. If any family members have ongoing medical or dental treatment programs, arrange for prorated payments with professionals in your new area. Please see our list of useful numbers for Durbanville & Surrounds.

•Check the contents of your safety-deposit box. It is advisable to carry all valuables (such as jewellery, insurance policies, legal documents and important collections) with you or send them by insured or certified mail.

•DO NOT move combustible or flammable items such as oil-base paint, bleach, cleaning and lighting fluids, matches, ammunition and aerosol cans, including hair sprays, shaving creams, deodorants and household cleaners.

One Week before the Move

•Keep detailed records and receipts of all your moving expenses. Depending on your situation you may be able to claim the TAX back.

•Drain gas and oil from lawn mowers, chain saws, gas grills and kerosene heaters. If moving from abroad and you are shipping cars and motorcycles they should have only a quarter of a tank of fuel.

•Prepare a "safety box" for last on and first off the van. Include all essentials from your kitchen and bathroom as well as medications and first-aid supplies. Also, include a set of tools with a hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, nails and screws. A kettle with cups and some coffee / tea will come in very handy!

•Prepare your children for the move by encouraging them to prepare their own special treasure box with toys, games and snacks for the trip.

•Defrost and clean your fridge and freezer at least a day before the move.

•Put linens and pillows in dresser drawers to have handy for making up your beds the first night. Place draperies lengthwise on hangers and hang in a closet, the movers will place them in wardrobe cartons.

Day before the Move

•If you ordered a packing crew, it will usually arrive the day before loading. Make sure to stay at home and supervise the packing. Pack all valuables you want to take with you by yourself.

•Make sure fragile items receive special attention. Label each box with the contents and location in the new home.

•Collect all house keys and arrange to leave them with the new owners, your real estate agent or landlord. You may want to notify the police / Security Company if your home will be unoccupied for some time.

•Notify a close friend or relative of your itinerary in case of an emergency.

•Charge your cell phone.

Day of the Move

•Compare the mover's inventory with your records and make sure you agree on the condition of your household goods. You may want to take photographs in case a dispute arises. Make sure you get a copy of the inventory list.

•Give a last minute check to every room and closet before the van leaves. Make sure the water, and air conditioner are shut off, windows are shut and locked, and the lights are switched off.

•Check the Bill of Lading for accuracy and completeness before you sign it. Keep a copy for your records.

•Make sure you have the van driver's name and contact information, and give him contact numbers at the destination. Confirm directions to your new home with your driver.

•Turn off the water geyser.Moving in Day

•Be at your new home before the movers. You may be charged for waiting if you are late.

•Contact utility companies to verify service start dates.

•Check the appliances & geyser. Contact a repair service if something is not working.

•Place a floor plan of your new home by the entrance, so the movers know where to place each piece of furniture.

•Check the condition of each box or household item as it is unloaded. Make a list of all missing or damaged items on the mover's copy of the inventory form. Since you will do most of the unpacking after the movers leave, it is a good idea to make a "subject to inspection for loss or concealed damage" note on the inventory form. By signing the inventory sheet, you are acknowledging receipt of all items listed. Personally report any loss or damage to your salesperson or move coordinator.

•To prevent possible damage, television sets, other electronic equipment and major appliances should not be used before they have a chance to adjust to room temperature.

After You Settled

•Register your car at the new address. Most provinces allow a grace period.

•Walk in your neighbourhood to get a good idea what is around and where to find things.

•Check opening and closing hours of stores and service facilities.

•Make friends with your neighbours.

•Consult an attorney about any local laws that might be different from your previous residence. These will affect your family as soon as your new residence is established.

•Register to vote.

Please contact us on +27 (0)21 020 0136 to get a list of useful numbers for Durbanville & Surrounds.  All the best with your move and please do not hesitate to contact us for any assistance!

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Engel & Völkers

Durbanville & Surrounds
Unit 13, Imperial Terraces, Tyger Waterfront, Waterfront Road, Bellville
7530 Cape Town
South Africa
+27 21 020 0136

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