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Moving Overseas Checklist

When you’re moving your home overseas, there seems to be an endless list of things to think about and arrange. Here’s a helpful list to remind you.

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5-6 weeks before moving:

  • Check that your passports and visas are valid
  • Check whether any permits are required e.g. for residency, work or vehicles
  • Check your travel documents and tickets
  • Collate all your personal documents e.g. birth certificates, marriage certificates and medical records
  • Advise your solicitor, bank, doctor, dentist, insurance company, building society
  • Cancel subscriptions to clubs and magazines
  • Notify Schools
  • Obtain invoices for new purchases (for customs import facilities)
3-4 weeks before:
  • Complete the Marine Insurance Proposal form
  • Dispose of the items you don’t want to ship
  • Supply a contact number in the UK for after you have moved
  • Supply your overseas contact address and phone number
  • Check with your Dedicated Move Manager with regard to VAT refunds on new purchases
  • Ask for final accounts for gas, water and electricity
  • Complete all outstanding credit agreements
  • Cancel all rental agreements
  • Run down stocks of food and drink
  • Confirm your removal date with your Dedicated Move Manager
1-2 weeks before

  • Arrange for mail to be forwarded
  • Clean garden tools, bicycles, etc
  • Arrange care for children and pets on moving day
  • Arrange for mains services to be disconnected
  • Advise your newsagent and milkman and pay their final accounts
  • 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 travel with you e.g. keys, documents, passports, tickets, certificates, currency, clothing, etc
  • Disconnect, clean and dry any electrical appliances that you wish to ship
  • Arrange with neighbours to leave sufficient parking space for the removal vehicle

On Moving Day

  • Remain on hand in case the packers have any questions
  • Check all rooms, cupboards, walls, loft, garage and shed to make sure nothing has been left behind.
  • And finally, try and relax and let the packers do the work!
Notification Checklist
In summary, here’s a list of organisations and people you may need to notify of your move:
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • House insurance company
  • Car insurance company
  • Electricity Board
  • Water Board
  • Gas Board
  • Telephone company
  • Internet provider
  • Bank
  • Post Office
  • Building Society
  • Inland Revenue
  • School/college
  • Local council
  • Library
  • DVLA
  • Motor organisation
  • Milkman
  • Newsagent/magazine subscription
  • Sports/social club
  • Satellite/cable TV provider
  • Church/place of worship
  • Vet

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Thank you and everybody involved, you are an excellent team and an absolute pleasure to deal with.

J.D. Liverpool, UK to Toronto, Canada -
July 2016

My whole experience with John Mason's has been very good, from having Tony surveying till today with the container being packed, I will definitely recommend John Mason to provide removal services.

M.H. South Shields, UK to Perth, Australia – July 2016

Thanks Suzanne for all your help – it’s not easy trying to sort things out from such a long distance away and you’ve been superb! Thank you!

C.H. Warrington, UK to Edmonton, Canada - August 2016

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