Moving house checklist
Moving house? Use our handy checklist to keep track of all the tasks you’ll need to complete.
There’s a lot to keep track of when you’re moving. It’s easy to let important details fall by the wayside, or to put off crucial tasks to the last minute.
With this downloadable checklist, you can break down your moving process into more manageable tasks, and work to achievable deadlines. Read the list below, or download the free PDF to help organise your move.
One month prior to the move
- Notify current property manager. If you’re a renter on a month-to-month lease, you’ll need to give your property manager at least four weeks’ notice of your move. If you’re breaking your lease, you’re likely to be penalised, but giving a long notice period may help you negotiate a lighter penalty.
- Write detailed budget for move. Moving is expensive. Make sure you budget adequately for the cost of removalists, insurance, utility re-connection fees, packing supplies and food for a few days before and after the move.
- Pick moving date. Depending on the time of year you’re moving, removalists can book up quickly. Lock in your moving date as early as possible.
- Arrange removalists. After you’ve locked in your moving date, it’s time to book your removalists. Make sure you get several quotes to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible.
- Inventory your belongings. Take stock of your belongings. Make a written inventory, separating them into items you’ll need right up to moving day, items you can pack now and items you can sell, donate or discard.
- Book first council cleanup. If you have items that can’t be sold or donated, you’ll need to book a council cleanup to get rid of them.
- Book any necessary repairs for current property. If your property has wear and tear that could prevent you from recouping your bond, make sure to get repairs done before you move.
- Book end-of-lease cleaning. If you’re a renter, you’ll need to have your property professionally cleaned to get your bond back. If possible, book this for the morning after moving day.
Two weeks prior to moving house
- Put items out for first council cleanup. Place any items that can’t be sold or donated outside for council rubbish cleanup.
- Arrange to move utilities, internet, phone and pay TV. You’ll need to let your utility and service providers know about your move ahead of time. If any installation needs to take place at your new property, you can book it in now.
- Change address with billers and subscriptions. After you’ve taken care of your utility and service providers, change your address with any other billers. If you have subscriptions or regular deliveries, you’ll need to inform those providers of your change of address as well.
- Arrange to have mail forwarded. It’s inevitable that some regular mail will slip your mind when you change your address. Set up three months of mail forwarding through Australia Post to capture any billers or service providers you’ve forgotten.
- Purchase packing materials. Use your inventory to determine how many boxes, rolls of packing tape and rolls of bubble wrap you’re likely to need.
- Begin packing non-essential items. Begin packing anything you’re unlikely to need for the next fortnight. Remember to clearly label boxes with their contents and the room they should go to in your new property.
- Arrange care for pets or young children on moving day.Moving is hard enough as it is. Looking after small children and pets during a move makes the process nigh-impossible. Arrange care for moving day so you can focus on the task at hand.
- Book second council cleanup. You’ll almost certainly end up with more rubbish at the end of your move. Book a cleanup on the assumption that you’ll need it.
One week prior
- Finalise layout of new home and send to removalists. Decide where your furniture will be placed in your new home, and send a diagram to the removalists so you don’t have to rearrange heavy items after they’ve unpacked.
- Make arrangements to collect keys for new home. Speak to the property manager or real estate agent for your new property and arrange a time to pick up the keys. If you’re buying a home, this will happen after home loan settlement.
- Make arrangements for final inspection of current home. Talk to your property manager to book a time for your final property inspection. If possible, book it for the afternoon or evening after moving day.
- Pack bedding and towels for moving day. Two things you’ll want after a day spent moving are a hot shower and comfortable bed. Set aside towels and bedding to ensure you can have both.
- Take photos of cord connections for electronic equipment. Make sure you can easily sort through the tangle of wires by photographing how the plug into all your electronics.
- Continue packing non-essential items. Continue to pack anything you aren’t likely to need in the next week.
Two to three days before the move
- Make box of essential supplies, including medicine, first aid supplies and non-perishable food items. Put together a box of items you need to be able to easily access. Make sure this box doesn’t go on the moving truck.
- Donate any unwanted items to charity shops. Once you’ve sorted through and packed most of your belongings, donate anything you don’t need to local charity shops.
- Purchase cleaning supplies and any last minute packing supplies. While you’ll need to have your house professionally cleaned, you’ll still want cleaning supplies to clean out your refrigerator and wipe down any belongings that have gathered dust or grime.
- Finish packing all items, setting aside those you’ll need over the next few days. Be aggressive in your packing, only setting aside those items you’ll definitely need to access over the next two to three days.
The day before the move
- Clean refrigerator and defrost freezer. Eat, donate or discard any perishable food items, and then unplug your refrigerator and clean it.
- Unhook and drain washing machine, air conditioners and garden hoses. Drain any excess water off appliances you intend to move, and remove, drain and pack your garden hose.
- Pack case with toiletries. Set aside items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and toilet paper.
- Pack at least two changes of clothes for moving day and the day following. It could be a couple days before you’re able to unpack the majority of your clothes. Make sure you have a few outfits set aside.
- Set aside valuable, fragile and sentimental items along with important documents to transport with you. Make a box of items too fragile, valuable or sensitive to be packed on the moving truck. Make sure you have a folder for important documents.
- Clear path for removalists. Make your removalists’ jobs easy by giving them an unobstructed path to boxes and furniture one each room.
- Provide removalists with clear instructions on where to place items and furniture at new home. When the removalists first arrive, walk them through the house and give them a rundown of where boxes and furniture need to be placed at your new property.
- Pack valuable, fragile and sentimental items and important documents in your personal vehicle. Put your box of important items in your own vehicle to ensure it’s not accidentally packed by the removalists.
- Check all closets, cupboards and other storage areas for forgotten items. Once the removalists are done packing, do a sweep of the house for any items left behind. Make sure to check the top of cupboards.
- Set out rubbish for final council cleanup. If council cleanup won’t happen for several days, you might want to book an earlier cleanup to avoid the property’s new tenants having to deal with your rubbish.
- Stand at entry point to new home to provide clear instructions to removalists. Once you arrive at your new property, stand out of the way at the entry to your home and direct the removalists.
- Assemble or have removalists assemble all beds. Prioritise the assembly of beds so you have a place to sleep at the end of an exhausting day.
- Ensure all utilities and services are connected and working. Go through your new home and make sure all essential utilities and services are in working order.
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