8 – 12 WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE
Contact GFS Relocations for a pre-move survey.
If renting, advise your current landlord or agent, in writing, of your intention to move
Advise your children’s school / kindergarten and have transfer documents sent to your new school / kindergarten. Some Schools, especially International Schools, require a full term’s notice if a student is withdrawing.
Create a file for paperwork, receipts and important documents pertaining to your move.
Determine tax requirements.
Consider what household goods to take. Be careful to check regulations before shipping a vehicle.
Inventory/photograph home contents for protection coverage.
Identify those items of particularly high value and have them appraised.
Contact insurance, bank, financial, medical, dental contacts re: changes, transfers of document or records.
Pre-advise clubs, and organizations about anticipated departure.
Consider what appliances and electronics will be taken back (consider voltage, obsolescence)
Use the internet to obtain relevant information about destination or, ask GFS Relocations
Consider which purchases you need to make.
Start to use up things you can’t move, such as frozen food and cleaning supplies. 6 WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE
Establish (re-establish) contact with healthcare professionals at destination.
Consider movement of pets and their veterinary needs.
Complete change-of-address notifications for friends, family, vendors, and service providers.
Take steps to sell car(s), club memberships.
Contact the foreign consulate for helpful information if necessary 4 WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE
Moving Sale (Garage Sale) to dispose of items you do not wish to ship.
Clean closets, storage areas
Notify utility services of your intention to move so that they can arrange final readings 3 WEEKS TO GO
Have airfreight segregated to include “survival kit” of essentials for destinations.
Consider fumigation of selected items; polish/lacquering of silver, brass, copper.
Sort through toys and assemble small parts.
Arrange for professional handling or servicing of specialty items such as wall units, piano, valuable clocks, audio/visual equipment, and sports equipment. For special handling, contact your GFS Relocations Move coordinator
Settle club dues, fees. Consider “inactive” membership if it is available and there is a possibility you will return.
2 WEEKS TO GO
Collect children’s school records, immunization certificates etc. for the new school.
Arrange to disconnect your essential services, gas, water, phone and electricity and settle charges.
Inform your doctor, dentist and other medical specialists of your move. Collect your records or request transfer to your new practitioners.
Record the contact numbers and email addresses of friends, service providers, vendors with whom you may wish to keep in touch.
Photocopy duplicates of necessary papers (passports, tax records)
Arrange Post Mail Redirection Service application to redirect your mail to your new address.
Return items you have borrowed; collect things you have lent.
Reserve a baby-sitter and pet-sitter for moving day, if necessary. 1 WEEK TO GO
Dispose of flammables, BBQ gas, cleaning solvents.
Clean BBQ thoroughly if you are shipping to new destination.
Have a final clean-out and dispose out-of-date materials from under the kitchen sink, garage, laundry, etc.
Commence home repairs essential to getting the home deposit returned: wall touch-up, mail hole filling, floor polishing.
Bring home office records, files, equipment which need to be packed.
Keep a few things out for the kids on move day.
Pick up all items from vendors or repair firms.
Empty and clean sports bag contents.
Finalize valued inventory for protection coverage. Be sure to recognize surface, freight, and airfreight.
A FEW DAYS BEFORE YOU MOVE
Empty, clean, dry, add baking soda/sachet to refrigerator, freezer
Mark the cords of appliances to designate 110 volts vs. 220 volts.
Finalize personal documents/papers into suitable carrier. Do same for personal valuables.
Close / transfer accounts.
Assemble pharmaceutical needs. Clean out medicine cabinet.
Seal up spices, and other consumables you’ll need at destination, if you are shipping these. (please note that some destinations do not allow food of any kind to be shipped)
Be sure that the final cleaning of home is scheduled as a “walk through” with landlord for prompt return of security/damage deposit.
Place all suitcases and essential items you need in one specified place eg. Bathroom or car, so they are not loaded in the removal van or container
Review home with the crew supervisor; point out special care items and special packing procedures.
Set aside and carry all valuables and important papers and passports with you.
Ensure children and pet’s are safe and out of harm’s way.
Make sure the packers pack categorically – air, sea and storage – don’t mix.
Keep copies of PASSPORT, paperwork, inventory, and insurance with you.
Be sure that GFS Relocations has an update of your needs, instructions, contacts and timetable.
Before the movers leave, make a final inspection to check for left-behind items.
Lock all doors and windows as you leave.
Be sure to contact GFS Relocations at Tel: 24316530 if you have any questions or concerns before your move