Moving Checklist

Hiring a Removalist
Professional removalists can be expensive, but if you have a lot to transport or little experience in moving, they are a good idea.

 When hiring a removalist, remember to:

  • Choose wisely and shop around. Currently, movers do not need a license, so check carefully whether the firm seems professional and responsible.
  • Get one or more written quotes, if possible. For this you will need a clear idea of what items are to be moved.
  • Check whether boxes and packing are included in the price.
  • Check if the removalist has the right insurance in case they damage or lose your goods.

Planning in Advance
It is essential to organise all the important aspects of the move well ahead of time.
Your possessions

  • There's no point in moving junk. Only take the things that you will use at the new premises; moving can be a good opportunity to get rid of the things you no longer need. Consider a sale before you move to get rid of old stock and reduce the amount that must be transported.
  • Draw a floor plan of your new premises, and decide where the major items will go.


  • If doing the packing yourself, label everything clearly and box the items by room or use. Your floor plan should help you out here. Otherwise, make sure your movers have a copy of the floor plan and can follow your directions.
  • Breakables should be wrapped individually, the heaviest items at the bottom of the box.
  • Consider packing very fragile and personal items separately and taking them yourself.

Moving is not just about transporting your goods from one location to another — it’s also about rearranging your business. The following tasks are important:


  • Make sure the agent has provided you with all the keys to your new premises. In fact, we recommend you change the locks or re-key existing locks for peace of mind and added security.
  • Redirect your mail at the post office.
  • Advise all who need to know of your change of address. These may include your bank, solicitor, insurance company, telephone company, security company, the tax office and any organisations and clubs of which you may be a member. Look through some of your past mail to check whether you have left anyone out.
  • Change your address on your business cards, stationery, catalogues and flyers etc.