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Practical tips for moving house.

Practical tips for moving house.

June 20, 2024

If you are buying or selling a property moving is a big deal. It can be stressful with many people moving in and out of their homes on the same day. Being organised is key.

Here is our comprehensive checklist of what you need to do when moving, with some great tips for moving house.

4 Weeks Before the Move

  • Obtain removalist quotes and book move out cleaners, carpets, gardening etc (if required).
  • Organise utility connection/disconnection of phone, gas and electricity, internet and other subscriptions.
  • Settle any outstanding bills
  • Start changing your address or getting a list together for important providers: doctors, ambulance, schools, bank, home deliveries and subscriptions.
  • Create an inventory list of items you want to move. Separate moving items into categories, such as “moving”, “storage”, “disposal”, “giveaway”, and “marketplace or garage sale”.
  • Moving to a new city? Research it: where is the local supermarket, hospital, and petrol station, for instance? Check local schools and childcare facilities in the new area. Arrange the transfer of your children’s school records to the new school.
  • If moving with pets make sure they are booked in to travel or you have what you need for interstate relocation. Otherwise, they will still need a pet sitter for moving day as they can stress out when you are all packed up.
  • If you are moving interstate get your car serviced and tyres and brakes checked. You don’t want to be stranded.
  • Back up your computer and make sure important documents are secure and can be located if needed ie passports etc.
  • Keep any manuals, warranties and instructions for the new purchaser in one spot or drawer.
  • Organise for the property to be cleaned before the move.
  • Start looking for best deals on moving boxes and packing items, costs for these items can really add up. Organise a kit of tape, permanent markers, scissors, blade and any tools needed to disassemble and assemble furniture or equipment etc.

3 Weeks Before the Move

  • Begin packing items that are rarely used, such as those stored in your garage.
  • For unwanted items, consider Facebook marketplace, a charity or a garage sale.
  • Disassemble any built-in fixtures and fittings ready for transport. Don’t assume the removalist will do everything – check what they do and don’t disassemble. Ensure you tape or keep screws and parts in a safe place and labelled.
  • Disassemble outdoor items, such as a swing set and cubby house. Place all bolts, brackets and screws in a labelled, sealed container for safekeeping.
  • If necessary, open new bank accounts and other required services such as safety deposit boxes and Post Office boxes.
  • Move valuables to a safety deposit box. Remember to take these out of the safety deposit box just before moving day.
  • Separate the boxes and luggage required for yourself and your family. A handy tip is to mark boxes with a priority system. boxes can be ordered simply via VIP, normal or NOT VIP! This will help with unpack and is not complicated to follow.
  • Have a box set aside for the very important things that you will want as soon you move in. TV remotes, internet gear, computers, charging cables, important documents, medication, kettle for a cup of tea or a drink of water! Also don’t forget the toilet paper!
  • Make sure you mark each box with the room for easy relocation.
  • Each room will have a very important box. The clearer you mark and prioritise your packing the less disruption and stress.
  • If you are moving to an apartment building don’t forget to book with the building manager and if you need to book a lift or require special access.
  • Connect the utilities for your new home – gas, water, electricity, internet, etc Keeping a tub with cleaning products handy is helpful to clean as you go and for when you move to the new property.
  • Return any library books.
  • Plan for any special needs of children and pets prior to, during, and after the move, such as medication, food, care, or entertainment.
  • Hold your garage sale.
  • Name each box and what room the box is going to in the new home. This will make it easier for the removalists to put the right box in the right room.


Final Week Before the Move

  • Collect your spare keys and give them to the real estate agent. They hold these and hand them over after settlement.
  • Update major service providers of your change of address.
  • Tell your friends, family and small business contacts (accountant, banker, financial planner) your new address.
  • Plan to use any remaining food in your refrigerator. Defrost and clean refrigerator. Plan for the meals in your new home too.
  • Take valuables out of the safety deposit box.
  • Pack your personal luggage last.
  • If you paid any of the rates late let your conveyancer know, they work on the outstanding amount a couple of weeks prior to settlement.
  • Cancel any direct debits for water, electricity, gas or rates.
  • Arrange for the final inspection of the new premises. You should be checking that everything is as it was on the day of sale (fair wear and tear excepted). Don’t forget to measure anything if you are unsure something may not fit.
  • Talk to your conveyancer a few days before settlement to confirm everything is booked and ready to go.
  • If your children are changing schools make sure you know the way and they are familiar with the new school beforehand. Pack their school related items separately so they have everything they need for school and it’s not stuck at the bottom of one random box. Make sure any lunches are also thought about and you have a plan.
  • If you have young toddlers make sure there are a few changes of clothes handy, snacks and entertainment.
  • It is good to have a separate bags or box with everything you will need for the first few days in the new home. Bedding, PJ’s, clothes, towels, food, medicine, shoes, toys, socks, nappies etc….
  • There is a lot of washing and you don’t want to take dirty clothes so keep on top of your washing during the week.


 Moving House Day

  • Check all the cupboards before you leave. If you have a cleaner coming make sure everything is ready for them.
  • Take five minutes to stroll around for one final check.
  • Remember to hydrate and take it easy lifting and unpacking boxes.
  • If you have left a set of keys with the real estate agent then usually you can just leave the other manuals and keys for the house inside.
  • It might be emotional moving out so take a moment before you move on to the next chapter of your life.


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