7 must-do tasks to get ready for Moving Day

Whether it's reviewing your insurance or selecting the right removalist company, there's plenty to think about in the lead up to Moving Day.

Relocating can be an emotional experience so to make the transition as stress-free as possible, you need to get organised. You may think that once you’ve exchanged the contracts and set the settlement date, all that’s left to do is move in to your new abode.

However, before you start packing boxes, there are plenty of errands you need to run.

From jumping on the council website to organising a removalist service and transferring your utility accounts to your new postcode, there are several things you need to think about to ensure an effective move.

Sift through your belongings

Moving into a new property represents a fresh start, so there’s no point taking any unwanted or unused items with you. For the hoarders out there, it’s time to de-clutter (no matter how attached you may feel).

Evaluate the need for each of your belongings and dispose of any unwanted items by donating them to charity, giving them to friends or family, or by selling them online or at the local markets. If there are any items that have remained untouched for several years, you need to ask yourself; why are you holding onto it?

Once you’ve done this, you should be left only with the belongings that you need. For any bulky items or furniture, such as a television or a lounge suite, make sure you measure them and decide where they will fit in your new property. If you haven’t already, sit down with an architect or builder to develop a placement plan. Measure the space so you know exactly where things will go.

Get packing

If you want to pack efficiently, categorise your items into identifiable groups. For instance, ensure that all your kitchen utilities or technology products are grouped together in one box and ensure that the box is labelled correctly. This will make things much easier when it comes to unpacking and identifying where things are.

For technology gadgets, label each cord or charger with the name of the device so you don’t have to worry about locating or untangling different cords once you get to your new home. (An easy way to label cords: use the tags from bread bags.)

Use colour-coded labelling and an inventory system that identifies the contents in each box. When it comes to unpacking, you’ll be able to tick off each item to ensure that everything is there. This will help identify any items that are lost or damaged in transit.

As well as backing up important computer files, you may want to store important documents in a lock box or security safe. Get your passports, birth certificates and any other sensitive documents and place them in the safe.

Transfer your accounts

Before Moving Day, you’ll need to redirect all your existing accounts to new your address. However, this should be done once settlement is completed to avoid mail being sent to the new property before you’ve moved.

You’ll need to manage the disconnection and connection of services including internet, phone, electricity and water. Get in touch with your providers to transfer these accounts to ensure that everything is running once you move in.

Organise your electricity and gas services at least five days prior to Moving Day.

Select a removalist service

Before you choose a removalist company, make sure you compare several quotes to ensure that you’re getting a fair price. Use a removalist service that is Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA) accredited and one that has good testimonials.

Most removalist companies don’t have insurance and may not be held liable if your belongings are lost or damaged during transit. For this reason, you may want to see if your current contents insurance covers moving. If it doesn’t, it may be worth paying for transit insurance just in case.

The cost of a removalist service will depend on the company you choose, the distance your moving and the amount of items that you are transporting. However, the average removalist cost for moving a three-bedroom home interstate ranges from $3,500 to $4,500.

If you want to cut down on costs, you should ask a friend or family member with a large vehicle to help you transport your contents. Otherwise, consider doing it yourself.

Notify authorities

Another important task is to notify all relevant authorities of your new address. These include your employer, your local Electoral Office and your child’s educational institution.

Find out how to set up internet, phone and home utilities and make sure you understand the process and costs of relocating your broadband.

Get in touch with local council

Most local councils provide newcomers with new resident kits that contain information to help you settle into your new suburb. For example, a new resident kit may have information regarding council rates, recycling and garbage collection, pet management, land zoning, local events, and much more.

If you’re thinking of renovating the property, it’s essential that you understand the building permit and zoning of your land as this may determine whether or not you can go ahead with a renovation or upgrade.

Review home and contents insurance

To protect your home and contents, you should update or review your home and contents insurance policy. This type of insurance normally covers loss or damage caused by left, cover for accidental fire and extras such as accidental damage cover.

Find a home and contents insurance policy that suits you. Also, if you're moving into an apartment or a property that is governed by a body corporate, ask them about the type of insurance you need.

Belinda Punshon

Belinda is a journalist here at Specialising in the home loans and property sections, she is passionate about helping Australians improve their financial wellbeing.

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