Moving Checklist

Ten Weeks before the move:

  • Decide whether you will use a removalist, hire a van or move everything yourself.  We strongly suggest using a removalist to minimise what is already a stressful occasion.
  • Set the date for your move. Consider ‘off-peak’ moving periods when timing your move. Generally Mondays, Fridays and first and last days of each month are the busiest times for removalists.
  • Get quotes from at least three companies before making your selection.
  • Sketch a floor plan of your new home and draft onto it the layout for your furniture. Will everything fit and where will it go?
  • Start to clean out clutter.  Holding a garage sale is a great way of getting rid of that stuff that’s not worth moving.
  • Organise a 12 month mail re direction with Australia Post
  • Start advising your regular mailers of your new address.  After you move, for every item of mail that you receive with the Australia Post redirection sticker on it you will need to advise the addressor of your change of address.


Eight weeks before the move:

  • Discuss the moving details with your removalist, including costs and insurance.  Making sure they offer adequate insurance cover for the move is essential.  When you are completely satisfied with the details, book a date with your removalist.
  • If you are moving yourself, start collecting boxes. You could gather used boxes from supermarkets or friends or buy or hire moving boxes from removalists.


Six-Four weeks before the move:

  • If you need to organise storage, do this now.
  • If you have pets, consider how these will be moved, you could ask your vet to recommend a company.
  • Arrange for final readings of your services, e.g. gas, water and electricity, to be performed the day after your move. Also organise for these services to be connected in your new home prior to your arrival.
  • If you are going to need temporary accommodation, make the necessary hotel/motel bookings.


Three weeks before the move:

Gather together all the packing materials you will need. This includes:

  • Packing tape, bubble wrap, newspapers, scissors, utility knives, labels, marker pens,
  • Boxes – you can usually buy or rent these from your removalist.

Start packing the items that you will not need over the next few weeks, e.g. extra linen and anything stored/not in use.


Two weeks before the move:

  • Cancel deliveries, e.g. newspaper, milk.
  • Check on the arrangements for the new telephone service and other connections.
  • Set aside valuables and certain legal documents etc to carry with you on the day of the move.
  • Contact the council where you are moving to find out about garbage & recycle pick-up, local regulations and other information.
  • Start running down your fridge/freezer so you only have to move the bare minimum of perishables


One week before the move:

  • Tidy the garden and outside area.
  • Ensure you clearly mark fragile boxes as such.
  • Pack bags of clothing and toiletries to take with you rather than send with the removalist.
  • Put together a box of items which could be useful for the day of the move.
  • Register for voting in the new electorate


Your moving day:

  • Remove all remaining food from your refrigerator and freezer.
  • Double check rooms, cupboards, drawers, shelves, outdoor areas and the garage to make sure you’ve taken everything.
  • Turn off all services, including the mains switch and taps.
  • Lock all windows and doors securely.
  • Leave the old house keys with the agent for collection by the new owner.
  • Check to see if all the services are on and appliances are working in your new home.