5 - 6 weeks before
Whether your passports and visas are valid.

Whether any permits are required, e.g. for residency, work, vehicles or firearms.

Are there any vaccination requirements?

Travel documents and tickets.

Personal documents, e.g. birth and marriage certificates and medical records.

Do you need to advise your solicitor, bank, doctor, dentist, insurance company, building society and DSS?

Do you need to cancel subscriptions to clubs and magazines?

Do you need to notify your children school?

Obtain invoices for new purchases (for customs import formalities).

3 - 4 weeks before

Valuation for insurance and complete the insurance proposal form.

Dispose of unwanted items that need not be shipped.

Inform contact number and/or address for after you have moved but before you leave the country (if required).

Inform your contact address and phone number if shifting overseas.

Enquire about obtaining a VAT refund on new purchases.

Get final accounts for gas, water and electricity.

To clear all outstanding credit agreements.

To cancel all rental agreements.

Reduce stocks of food and beverages.

Call and confirm your removal date.


1 - 2 weeks before

Organize for mail to be forwarded to the new address.

Clean garden tools, bicycles, etc.

Organize care for children and pets on moving day.

Organize for mains services to be disconnected.

Inform your newsagent and milkman and clear their dues, if any.

Empty lockers at school and work.

Return or retrieve any items on loan.

Drain fuel from motor mowers.

Dispose-of plants and perishable food.


1 - 2 days before

Separate all personal items which are to be carried along, e.g. keys, documents, passports, tickets, certificates, currency, clothing, etc.

Disconnect, clean and dry any electrical appliances that you wish to ship.

Disconnect lights for shipment and make wiring safe.

Dismantle furniture items.

Loosen fitted carpets at the edges.

Organize with neighbours to leave sufficient parking space before the removal vehicle arrives.

Remain available in case the packers have any questions.

Just before leaving, check all rooms, cupboards and walls to make sure nothing is left behind.