Time To Move Checklist
When it comes time to move, take an organised approach, mark things off one at a time. The following checklist can help you remember all the small details.
- Select a removalist, or hire a van. Obtain two or three quotes & remember to include insurance.
- If renting, give the required days notice in writing to the managing agent.
- Update your the following with your new contact details:
- Registration/licence with RTA
- Insurance details (house, contents, car, life)
- Enrolment details with the Electoral Commission
- A notification email is a great way of informing friend & family about your change of address.
- If relevant, advise your solicitors, stockbrokers and superannuation firms.
- Redirect your mail to the new address.
- Contact your gas, electricity and water providers and arrange final readings, disconnection and reconnection at the new address.
- Disconnect phone & internet services, and arrange reconnection at the new address.
- Don’t move items you no longer want. Have a garage sale or donate them.
- If you are doing your own packing, hire or purchase boxes and start well in advance of the move. Pack your least-used items first, label each box carefully and nominate a room for it to be placed in at the new address.
- Confirm the details with your selected removalist
- Tidy the garden, cut the lawns &remove any rubbish.
- Empty fuel from lawnmowers, lamps & fuel heaters.
- Empty any gas bottles – they have been known to explode in removalist trucks.
- Collect/return anything outstanding such as dry cleaning & repairs.
- Arrange an on-street parking permit, if required.
- Defrost the fridge the night before your move.
- Arrange carpet cleaning.
- Keep valuable documents and keys handy.
- Make a final inspection to be sure nothing is forgotten.
- Double-check closets, garden sheds, attic, and garage.
- Ensure everything is turned off and locked.
- Supervise placement of furniture and boxes.
- Check the phone, electricity, internet and gas are connected in your new home.
- Arrange care for children and pets on moving day. Moving is stressful enough without interruptions.
Guide for Parents
- Discuss the move with your children.
- Talk to them about where you are moving to & what they can look forward to about the move.
- Show them pictures or take them to look at the new home if you can.
- Give everyone a job to get them involved in the move. Label your children’s belongings so you can find them easily when you arrive at your new home.
- Take photos of your old house so your children can remember their time there.