New to Real Estate - Tips

Real estate agents can be the gateway to snapping up a bargain. In most property transactions you are likely to have to deal with a real estate agent, so it’s worth taking time to understand what makes them tick.


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Moving Tips

Planning your move

  • Make sure you plan as far ahead as possible.
  • Remember that the removalists will be handling your valued and often irreplaceable possessions, so it is important to use a reputable firm.
  • Consider insurance to cover your contents while they are being moved. Discuss this with the removal company.
  • Obtain a quote for moving and ask for a flat rate rather than an hourly rate. If there are any delays and you have an hourly rate it can become more expensive than you anticipated.

Packing and Removal

  • If you are packing yourself, start well in advance of the moving day and avoid the last minute panic.
  • Defrost your fridge the day before moving.
  • Go through the house with the removalists when they arrive, giving any special instructions you may have. Do the same when you arrive at your new place.
  • When packing cartons, it is a good idea to mark the contents on the top and on the side for easy identification.
  • It is not necessary to empty dresser drawers, but remove all fragile and heavy items and all liquids. Do not overload the drawers.
  • You can use clean tea towels or tissue to pack breakable objects.
  • Carry money, jewellery and valuable papers with you. Removalists will not accept responsibility for articles of extraordinary value.

Change of Address

  • Notify utility companies (gas, electricity, water and telephone) when to discontinue services.
  • Make arrangements in advance for all services to be connected at your new home.
  • Notify people of your change of address, including bank, motor vehicle registration, post office and organisations of which you are a member.

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