Moving into a home is a difficult, exhausting and tedious task. Below is a
helpful checklist you can use to ensure you complete all of the necessary tasks
during your move.
6-8 weeks before moving:
Plan your moving transportation (truck rental, hiring movers, friends, etc).
Create a folder to keep a record of everything related to your move (receipts, inventory, etc).
Include any estimates you may have acquired:
Confirm with the agent when you can pick up with keys. This will determine your moving day.
If you are hiring removalists, get estimates from different movers to help compare prices.
Research storage facilities if needed.
Redirect your mail and fill out a Change of Address form at a post office or online.
Plan how you will move vehicles, plants, pets and valuables.
Design and pre-plan your space. Try to establish the exact purpose of every room;
this will enable you to pack boxes accordingly – you can use a floor plan or sketch.
Hold a garage sale, donate, sell, or throw out unnecessary items.
Acquire packing materials:
Tape / tape gun
Newspapers / bubble wrap
Pre-plan and schedule repairs to be done that you have committed to making.
Return borrowed or rented items.
Contact the local council to arrange a rubbish pick up if you are getting rid of a lot of stuff.
2-4 weeks before moving:
Finalise moving transportation and make necessary arrangements (i.e. helpers) .
Schedule disconnection / connection of utilities at old and new home:
Discontinue any delivery services, automated payment plans and local memberships (i.e. gym).
Change your contact details with various service providers (banks, licence , insurance, lawyer,
If you have a pet you must change / update its registration with your council.
Organise contents insurance if you don’t already have any.
Create an inventory list of items (furniture, boxes etc) to use as a check list on moving day.
Begin packing non-essential items.
Label boxes by room and contents (bathroom, kitchen, laundry, etc).
Identify valuable items to transfer seperately – label as DO NOT MOVE.
Create an essentials box to keep with you on the day of your move and the first couple
of days of moving so you don’t have to search through and open all of the boxes.
Store valuable items like jewellery and legal documents at the bank /
or in a safe place while moving.
Confirm the time of settlement with your Lawyer / Conveyancer if buying.
Contact a cleaning service, if you are using one, to ensure they are available on moving day.
Additional tips if you are renting:
Formally notify your landlord or property manager of the date you’re vacating the premises.
When moving out of a rental property, you may need to steam clean your carpet,
and ensure the property is returned in a satisfactory state.
Arrange for a property inspection to recoup the bond.
1-2 weeks before moving:
Continue packing and clean as you go.
Call and confirm all details with the moving company if you are using one.
Arrange for a lock smith to change the locks on moving day.
Arrange time off work if possible for moving day.
Dissassemble non – essential furniture (desks, shelves, etc.) and wrap it to minimise damage.
Try to use up perishable food.
Contact your council about practical things like rubbish collection day.
1-4 days before moving:
Make a schedule or action plan for the day of the move.
Plan when / how to pick up the truck (if rented).
Defrost the freezer and clean the fridge.
Drain fuel from lawn mowers and discard any hazardous or flammable substances which could
prove dangerous during the moving process.
Make sure essential tools are handy (screwdrivers, tape, padlock if renting a truck, vacuum cleaner, etc).
Pack a bag for water bottles, pen/paper, snacks, documents and essentials.
Set aside boxes / items that you have decided to move yourself.