The Ultimate Moving Home Checklist

Moving home is a mixture of emotions; excitement, nervousness and also naturally stressful at times. Whether you choose to have extra help when moving, or you are doing it on your own, this guide will run through a checklist of what to have covered way before the move even starts, so when the date approaches you feel as prepared as possible.

 

Things to keep in mind:

  • Belongings are fragile (more fragile than you think) so make sure that you pack them carefully yourself, or use someone who you trust is going to treat your belongings with care
  • Belongings take up space, so planning early on how big a van you will need to move house is important
  • During the packing process, you will discover items that you no longer want or need in the new home. This is a great opportunity to de-clutter and downsize the amount of stuff you are moving to your new home.
  • Plan in advance who is going to be moving your belongings. Is it going to be mostly you, or are you going to need multiple removal vans? These things take time to book up, and if you want choice of who will help then booking these partners up in advance is advised
  • Not everything is going to go perfectly, so do not worry if plans change last minute, it is natural
  • Pets are like people, you will see we have included pets all the way through the moving process, as it can be a traumatizing experience for them. Make sure you think of your pets like you would your children
  • This is a general guide, and not everything on this list will be applicable to you. Whether you are in a small flat or a large multi-bedroom house, take into account that not everything on this checklist will apply to you

 

Two months to moving day:

 

Paperwork

  • Get a folder (binder or plastic wallet) and name it ‘MOVING’. Keep any documents related to moving in here
  • Make a budget spreadsheet to keep track of all your costs. Round up each cost so you are not surprised with extra $ at the end of the move
  • Store all passports, wills, birth certificates and marriage certificates in a fireproof and waterproof folder

 

Storage & Removal booking

  • Arrange storage facilities if applicable, do this by researching a storage facility close to your new home for accessibility
  • Research removal partners and gather quotes
  • Make sure you have a removal company booked at least 6 weeks before move day
  • Check that the removal company you are using has good reviews and you have quotes and extra charges in writing

 

Pets

  • If applicable, arrange for the relocation of your pet or look at kennel facilities. Moving can be stressful for pets too!
  • Any documents associated with your pet need to be stored with marriage certificates etc

 

Mail redirection

  • Keep track of who is sending you mail and organize for your mail to be redirected depending on how often it arrives
  • Alert family and friends of new address (e-mail or group message) with your new address and when you will be living there

 

Schooling

  • Research schools, nurseries and daycares around the area to see what options there are
  • Alert school of the move (where applicable)

 

Maintenance

  • Organise for any final bits of maintenance to be done to the house
  • Get everybody involved in a ‘wardrobe purge’ and do a mass clearout of things that are not needed in the new home
  • Organise a boot sale either before the move or after, to get some extra $ on the stuff you are throwing out
  • If you have any waste that cannot be resold, call up the hard waste collection and get them to take it off your hands

 

Food

  • Hold off buying any frozen food and aim to finish what is in the freezer before move day
  • Use up tinned food in the cupboards and pantry as this will take up space you will need for more prized possessions

 

One month to moving day

Notice

  • If you are in a rental property, make sure you give notice and book an inspection date
  • Book time off with your employer before you move. We recommend the day before the move, the day of, and two days after to allow for unpacking
  • Get the move date completely finalised

 

Precious items & Insurance

  • Group precious items and look at insurance on these, just in case they incur any damage during the move
  • Invest in protective packaging for precious items and where applicable, pack these in advance and store in a separate room

 

Packing

  • Start packing now. This is the most stressful part of the move as you will have to be stringent with what items you can keep in the house up until move day
  • Pack each room down separately and label them the same in boxes, for example “Kitchen” and “Bathroom”
  • Create a number system on the boxes so you know exactly how many boxes there are per room
  • Pack things inside of items to save space (washing baskets, suitcases) and label accordingly
  • Pack down furniture that is not needed and store in a separate room, with numbers and fragile packing if necessary

 

Hardware and Miscellaneous

  • Use separate packaging for hardware, nuts and bolts and miscellaneous things
  • Any removable screws and joining’s from furniture put in a plastic bag, label and keep separate from larger items
  • Keep these small pieces with you in the car you travel in to the new home, so it does not get lost

 

Two weeks to moving day

 

Utility services

  • Check that all mail is going to be redirected
  • Notify energy and utility providers of the move and take readings
  • Cancel subscriptions and food orders where applicable

 

Cleaning

  • Cancel gardener or other domestic services
  • Organise for a deep clean of your property after you move out and a deep clean for your new property before you move in

 

Pets

  • If going with a kennel, take the pet and get booked in
  • If not, organize with a friend or family member to look after the pet, remember it is stressful for them too!

 

Backup technology

  • Buy a hard drive for your laptop and other technology and back up
  • Keep all backups with you as they are sensitive and can be damaged easily

 

 

1 week to move day

 

Solicitor & keys

  • Speak with your solicitor to organise the keys to your new home
  • Arrange for a locksmith to come and change the locks of the new property on moving day

 

Final packing

  • Pack bedding and other items that you will need immediately on move day, these should be packed last so they are first off
  • Photograph internet box connections and other electrical appliances so you can connect easily on move day
  • Pack cosmetics and toiletries carefully and pad to stop leakage
  • Group plants that will need to be carefully packed, and water them

 

Settle bills

  • Call your internet supplier and settle the final bill
  • Settle any other miscellaneous bill payments

 

Food

  • Make sure there is no more frozen food in the freezer and that it has been eaten or thrown out
  • Finish the last of perishables in the freezer
  • Only buy small amounts of food the last week before move day, so nothing goes to waste

 

 

The day before the move day:

 

Loading up

  • Make sure that you have advised the removal partners on which boxes you want to be loaded on first
  • If you have had any changes to the removal plan or storage, let your removal partner know
  • Once the removal van has been loaded up, double-check everything to make sure you are happy

 

Essentials

  • Make an ‘essentials’ bag which will have a change of clothes, some snacks, tea/coffee and pet food where necessary
  • Keep favorite toys in an essentials bag for children
  • Make sure all phones, laptops and other necessities for the move are charged
  • Charge a portable charger

 

Fridge and freezer

  • Defrost fridge and freezer
  • Empty fridge of all food and do a deep clean
  • Make sure fridge and freezer are dry inside to stop any smell or bacteria

 

Clean

  • Do one final clean of the home:
    • Hovering
    • Mopping
    • Polishing
    • Clean any glass windows (interior) or glass indoors for fingerprints

 

Takeout & a good nights sleep

  • Treat yourself & the family to takeout! Who wants to cook the night before move day?
  • Try and get good night’s sleep. Aim to go to bed 2 hours earlier than usual

 

 

Moving day

 

  • Check all high priority boxes are packed
  • Ensure each room is empty of belongings
  • Carry valuable items like documents and jewelry yourself
  • Check all utilities have been disconnected and the power is off
  • House keys are with your solicitor
  • When arriving at the new property, before unloading check nothing has been left behind
  • Immediately connect utilities and energy before unloading
  • Take removal partner roundhouse telling them which room needs which boxes
  • When moving large pieces of furniture, be present to guide them where to place it on the floor plan
  • When fragile items are unpacked, be present to check there is no damage
  • Assemble beds and essential furniture items asap
  • Unpack toiletries and dry food and put away
  • Make the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom priority rooms for unpacking
  • Choose where you want your pet to be and make it nice for them too!
  • Unpack as much as you can during the day, so removal partners can take away excess packaging
  • Get an early night and have a nice dinner ready to pack for the next day

 

1 day moved in

 

Unpacking

  • Make it a priority to unpack everything the day after you move. The longer you leave it, the less likely you are to do it
  • Ensure that any damages have been recorded and reported to the insurance company no later than the day after moving
  • Get appliances and electrics connected as well as internet connection
  • Switch on fridge and freezer and check they are up and running, allow at least 3-4 hours

 

Food

  • Make a checklist of all the essentials you are going to need and go food shopping
  • Make sure to stock up on all the frozen food you previously got rid of at the last home, and that your pantry and spice rack is full
  • Test out cooking a meal on your new stove so you can familiarise yourself with your new kitchen

 

Decorations

  • Hang up photos and display ornaments and decorations in all rooms
  • Go round with a pen and paper and make note of what extra decorations or photos you may want in your new home
  • If you realise some decorations do not fit with the new home, arrange for them to be sold or give them to charity

 

Fill in the gaps

  • Just like with decorations, go into each room and make a list of extra things that you may need for the house and group it into immediate, short term and long term so you can forward plan how much extra things will cost in the new home
  • If you are concerned that some things are missing, contact your removal partner immediately so this can be rectified

 

And finally, enjoy your new home! We know that moving can be incredibly stressful and there are so many things to think about, so we hope this checklist broken down step by step can give you peace of mind that organisation is key.

Author: Claire Stapley
Claire Stapley is ElectricityComparison.com.au's Energy Editor, based in Melbourne Australia. Claire is a founding member of ElectricityComparison.com.au News and Energy Team.