REMAX CaymanDreamHomes

March 01, 2015
Home Moving Check List
• Put together a 'moving book' to keep notes of what you need do, what you've done etc.
• If you haven't got a moving company yet, GET ONE!
• If you need to move vehicles, pets or specialist items and you need outside help start sorting it out now.
• If you need to use storage facilities look at your options and book it.
• Make a list of everyone you need to notify of your change of address.
• Start contacting key financial providers such as your bank or other institutions to have your details changed and to start up the process of canceling/setting up automatic payments and/or accounts etc.
• Notify schools and employers of change of address. If moving out of the area you'll need to register your kids for a new school.
• Start packing non-essential stuff (it's never too soon to begin!) whenever you have some free time.
• Buy, hire, beg, borrow or steal suitable boxes and containers to pack your stuff into.
• Talk to your doctor, dentist, veterinarian etc., to notify them of your change of address or to come off their books if necessary. In some cases you may need to get copies of your records to take with you. If moving abroad ask about vaccinations etc. If you or your family (or pets) have regular medical prescriptions, get them filled to cover you throughout the moving process. If you're moving out of the area ask for referrals to new practices.
• Contact all of your insurers (home, vehicle, medical etc) to notify them of your move. Ask your home insurer for details of your existing coverage for the actual and arrange new coverage or a transfer to your new home.
• Get a lockable box and start putting in important documents as you come across them.
• Give all service providers such as gardeners, domestic help and regular delivery services notice that you will be moving. Cancel or change any subscriptions or memberships you have.
• Send out change of address notices to friends and family if you have a firm moving date now. You'll have less time as the days pass so it's good to get this out of the way.
• Get a form from your local Post Office for their mail forwarding service, fill it in and send it off.
• Start making an inventory of your goods and take photos/videos of valuable items.
• Complete any repairs to your home that you are committed to.
• Two-three weeks before......
• Contact utility companies and service providers to arrange to have your appliances/services disconnected and, if necessary, reconnected in your new home.
• Move your packing up a gear. Take a room a day and start packing up stuff you don't use regularly.
• Take back library books, pick up dry-cleaning and think about any other similar things you may have pending in the area.
• Have your car(s) serviced.
• Start living off your store cupboard and freezer and stop buying frozen or perishable food - you can't really take it with you and it'll make the move easier.
• Put aside a box/boxes for personal/essential items that you want to take with you yourself rather than have the movers take. Start putting stuff in it as you come across it. Mark it DO NOT MOVE so your movers don't load it by mistake.
• Pack up your garage and any stuff that is stored in your yard, garden or sheds.
• Empty your lawnmower and power tools of fuel etc.
• Dispose of anything that is flammable or hazardous.
• Think about what you're going to do with the kids!

• Call your mover and any other companies involved with the move (vehicle movers, storage facilities etc) and confirm all of your arrangements, times etc.
• Carry on packing!
• Start taking apart furniture that needs to be disassembled.
• Check that your new home is still set to be insured.
• Make sure all your outstanding bills are paid.

One-two days before.....

• Defrost and clean your refrigerator/freezer and secure major appliances such as washing machines/cookers etc. Make sure that utility companies are confirmed to disconnect services/take meter readings etc.
• Finish taking apart furniture that needs to be disassembled.
• Sort out any plants you're taking with you.
• Check that all the paperwork related to your house sale/rental/purchase is complete.
• Close bank accounts if necessary.
• Finish your major packing.
• Pack up your PC and other electrical equipment. Write down the serial numbers in your moving book.
• Put together a box of essentials for the move such as tea, coffee, mugs, sugar, tools, paper and pen and cleaning materials.
• Make sure all boxes are clearly marked/labelled.
• Start cleaning the house as you go along.
• Make sure you have all the documents related to your move to hand.

During Your Move

 • Moving day at your old home.....
• Get up early and don't panic!
• Take bedding off beds and pack it up.
• Walk your movers through the house, tell them what you need them to do and take their advice on the actual loading.
• Make sure your movers know where they are going.
• Give the house a final clean.
• Leave a note of your name, new address and contact number for the new residents of your home so they can forward any mail that slips through the cracks.
• Have a final walk round to check you've remembered everything - do this BEFORE the moving vehicle leaves!
• Make sure you have keys to your new home and drop off your current keys as you've arranged.
• Make sure you load everything you're taking yourself in the car and lock it!
• Switch everything off, lock up and leave!

Moving day at your new home.....

• Check everything is working such as power, gas etc - if not, call the utilities companies to find out why not!
• Supervise the unloading process to get everything where you want it.
• Offer the movers a drink and snack!
• Clean before you start unpacking.
• Start unpacking essentials.
• After Your Move
• Unpack logically working down from essential to non-essential items.
• Reassemble your furniture when you have time.
• Don't worry about filling wardrobes immediately if you have hired/bought special wardrobe boxes. They can hang perfectly well in there until you have time to put them away properly.
• Get all of your major appliances ready for use again and hook them up.
• Unpack all electrical items as quickly as possible and check for damage - you may have a limited window for insurance claims.
• Register to vote and for any other local government purposes.
• Check your mail is being forwarded to your new address.
• Register with a doctor, dentist, veterinarian etc.
• If necessary change your driver's license and car details etc.

Relocation & Moving

Relocate to The Cayman Islands

Those who call Cayman 'home' enjoy the ideal Caribbean lifestyle; beautiful beaches, climate and waters, with the highest standard of living in the Caribbean.
With financial services, natural beauty, first class diving, tranquility, and an accessible array of services, it's easy to see how the Cayman Islands are simultaneously an attractive home and a wonderful place to visit. Each year, a remarkable 1.5 million visitors travel to the Cayman Islands to enjoy its unparalleled Caribbean amenities and economic prosperity. Many that come to visit return to reside. The current population is estimated at 60,000.
Over the last 30 years the Cayman Islands have matured into one of the world's largest international financial centres. This has been achieved through providing the services, infrastructure and operational flexibility which the international investor demands. Service industries such as construction, hotel and restaurant management and watersports companies also contribute to the economic stability.
Changing jobs is often as stressful event. Relocating to the Cayman Islands or any new country throws up a new set of challenges:

Travel Costs – Many employers will cover plane ticket and relocation expenses, while others just give an advance. Normally there is some sort of payback clause if a worker breaks a contract before it is up. Employers who require employees to fund the whole move themselves should be avoided. Remember that there is a shortage of workers in the Cayman Islands.

Initial Housing – Most decent employers will arrange some sort of accommodation for an employee’s first few weeks on the island.

Permanent Housing – Unlike some other offshore jurisdictions foreigners are permitted to buy real estate in Grand Cayman. Most people, however, prefer to rent initially.


Seaboard Marine – offer competitive rates and fast, friendly service for all their Shipping facilities.

Medical Care

A local Government hospital and private hospital 
provide modern medical facilities and are staffed with doctors and nursing staff. Government and private dental facilities are also available as are several private medical clinics and opticians. Employers are mandated by law to provide health insurance and share the expense with their employees. While the quality of medical care is high on the island, air ambulance service to Miami is available when necessary. Executive Air, a local company, maintains a roster of some 20 air ambulance providers and can order a custom-equipped ambulance in accordance with instructions from an attending physician. Generally the air ambulance can be in the Cayman Islands within two hours.


There is a wide choice of primary and secondary school education offered by Government and private institutions, including Baptist, Church of God, Catholic, and Presbyterian schools. Secondary education in Government schools is run on the British examination system with the private schools varying between British and U.S. education. Caymanian children are entitled to free primary and secondary education, and expatriate students can be enrolled at Government schools on a space-available basis (which is quite limited). The Government-owned Community College, the International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI) and the Cayman Islands Law School offer tertiary courses of study.

Tax & Duty

There are no taxation or currency exchange controls in the Cayman Islands. However, import duties are levied on virtually all imported goods at a rate of 20-25 percent; motor vehicles are subject to duty ranging from 27.5 to 40 percent, depending on their value. There is no personal income tax in Cayman, no capital gains tax and no property taxes. When one purchases a property you pay a government stamp duty.


Local full service banks include Scotia Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Butterfield, Cayman National Bank, and others. Most offer both U.S. and CI checking and savings accounts, CDs in a variety of currencies, ATM services, and some issue local credit cards. All banks operate on a "know your customer" basis and require references before opening an account. Large amounts of cash are not accepted for deposit at any local banks. Go to the Ecay Business Directory for a full list of Cayman Islands Banks.

Sporting and Other Activities

The water and beaches provide unparalleled opportunities for all water sports, especially diving, snorkeling, swimming, sailing, and fishing. Second-hand equipment is usually available at reasonable prices. During the off-season, a full set of dive equipment may be obtained for approximately $500. The following sporting clubs are well established on the Island: Cayman Squash Racquets Association, Cayman Islands Rugby Club, British Sub Aqua Branch, Grand Cayman Yacht Club, a Football League Association, Cricket Association, Tennis Club, Badminton Club, Ball Hockey Association, and Darts League. The Island has three golf courses. They consist of two 18 hole courses and one 9 hole course and training centre. Most internationally known service clubs are represented on the island as well as many societies and associations such as a Drama Society, National Choir, Caledonian Society, and Chamber of Commerce.


Most hotels provide evening entertainment such as live bands, comedians, and karaoke shows. There are also nightclubs on the Island that cater to both the resident and tourist population. The islands have radio stations which broadcast a mixed variety of music and programs of local and international interest. There are around 15 radio stations which is amazing for such a small population and they cater to every taste from Caribbean music, to rock, country, easy listening and so on. Local wireless cable television service is available at rate from approximately CI$65 upwards per month plus installation charge. Nowadays a huge variety of channels are available. Most condos provide either satellite TV or subscribe to the local cable service which provides a wide choice of channels. Video rentals are available from Blockbuster Video in the U.S. VHS and DVD formats. Blockbuster has two locations one in the West Shore Mall and One at the Grand Harbour Shopping Centre in Red Bay.There are two movie theatres now in Grand Cayman; one at the Marquee Centre on Esterley Tibbetts Highway, just off Seven Mile Beach and a multi-plex cinema at Caymana Bay.



RE/MAX Cayman Islands

RE/MAX Cayman Islands Office
7Mile Shops, 215B West Bay Road
PO Box: 30189 Grand Cayman
KY1-1201, Cayman Islands
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(345) 946-3323
(345) 949-9753
(345) 546-3323

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