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Tick these tasks off as you go!

When the agreement has been confirmed, you can begin to let people know of your new address and the date on which you are moving.  NZ Post provides some useful cards for this or us NZ Post's website www.changemyaddress.co.nz

  • Family and friends
  • Lender
  • Bank, if different from your lender
  • Insurance companies
  • Accountant
  • Inland Revenue Department
  • AA Membership
  • School/kindergarten/child care
  • Babysitters
  • Motor vehicle registration
  • Credit card companies
  • Doctor and medical specialists
  • Dentist
  • Clubs
  • Local business accounts
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Catalogue companies
  • Newspaper deliveries
  • Public library
  • Share registers
  • Vet

You may also want to ask NZ Post to redirect your mail.  There is a small charge for this unless you are over 65 when it is free.  You can choose the duration of the redirection.

  • Arrange with the alarm monitoring company to terminate monitoring in your old house, and install it in your new property on moving date.  Remember to get the current codes from the seller, and then register your new alarm codes.
  • Organise a packing and removal company.  This needs to be done in advance.  Get estimates from a couple of companies at least, together with copies of references and copies of their contracts.  Make sure you organise insurance for your goods in transit.  Do check your existing contents policy as sometimes moving contents is included - you don't want to pay twice over.
  • If you are organising the move yourself, start to collect boxes and packing materials.  Make sure your furniture is insured in transit, telling the insurance company you are packing it yourself.
  • Start organising what you will take with you in the move and what should be disposed of.  You may have things that are still in good order but you don't want to take with you.  These things could be given to a local charity, you could have a garage sale, sell them on TradeMe or recycle through www.freecycle.org.nz
  • Company directors must notify the Registrar of Companies of a change of address.  If your home is the registered office of your company (or any other) you will also need to notify the Registrar of Companies.  Time limits apply and special forms are needed.  This can be done through www.companies.govt.nz
  • Ensure home and contents insurance is arrange for your new property.
  • Ensure the utility companies have connected their services to your new house - telecommunications, electricity, gas.
  • Change any direct debits for rates, electricity, gas etc over to your new property.
  • Carry out a pre-settlement inspection of your new property with your real estate agent.  This means you can check to ensure any promised work has been completed.  This also allows you to check that all the chattels you are buying in the house are operational and are left in the house on settlement day.  It is very worthwhile testing every appliance, trying the garage door, ensuring the television works so the aerial is operating etc.
  • Read the meter/s on moving day and phone through the readings to your gas/electricity suppliers.
  • Unless you have made prior arrangements for access, the moving company must wait until settlement has actually taken place and you have keys before they begin to unload your furniture.

Before moving into your new home, ask the seller to list the following:

  • Their forwarding address, email and telephone number.
  • Location of the mains and meters for water, gas and electricity.
  • Burglar alarm instructions and operating manual.  Check any alarm monitoring arrangements that my be in place.
  • Rubbish and recycling collection details.
  • Bus routes.
  • Names of tradespeople who normally service the house, such as plumbers and electricians.
  • Spare parts of any appliances, the guarantee cards and operating manuals.
  • House plans, any wallpaper and paint samples.