Moving in moving out checklist

As soon as possible

As soon as you know you are going to move, it's a good idea to choose your removal method (professional or do-it-yourself) and book it in. You need to give your removalists as much notice as possible – even if they are a group of family and friends helping you out.

When deciding who to use, consider – does your new house allow access for large appliances and pieces of furniture? What level is your new house on? How much does it cost to hire a truck? Do you have the time?

Arrange for time off work, if possible.

4-6 weeks before the move

Redirect your mail & change your address

Mail redirection – sign up for this service at the post office and save yourself some fuss.

Start to contact people who need your new address, such as:

  • Taxation Office
  • Road Traffic Authority
  • Phone company
  • Mobile phone service provider
  • Internet service provider
  • Satellite/cable television company
  • Electricity company
  • Landlord / Old real estate agent
  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Solicitors
  • Local council
  • Insurance companies - life, car and house
  • Superannuation fund
  • Employers
  • Dept of Social Security
  • Schools/child carers
  • Banks and building societies
  • Medicare
  • Magazine/Newspapers subscription
  • Interested charities
  • Club memberships
  • Libraries
  • Valued customer/loyalty memberships
  • Catalogues
  • Electoral Office

Start to pack up

  • Get rid of as much junk as possible through charity bins or garage sales
  • Use the food in your freezer and cupboards
  • Start cleaning out cupboards and packing up things you will not need
  • Check your insurance policy - will it cover the move?
  • Make a list of items you'll need available for the moving day, so that you don't pack something essential
  • Collect packing boxes and materials from supermarkets or organise to buy or hire packing cartons from a removalist

Contact your landlord/real estate agent if you are renting: Confirm that date you will be leaving the property and arrange for the refund of your bond upon final inspection.

Pet removals: Do you need to buy or hire a special carrier box or would you prefer to use the services of a company who specialises in the transportation of animals?

2 weeks leading up to the move

Confirm arrangements with your removalist / hire truck company / storage facility / family and friends. Make sure you have received written confirmation of all bookings.

Disconnect and connect services

  • Arrange for disconnection and reconnection of electricity, telephone, internet providor – you can connect and disconnect your electricity with Aurora Online Services
  • Remember some service providers require 5 working days to connect or disconnect a utility, so make sure you leave time
  • Don't forget to cancel newspapers, cleaning, gardening, pet grooming and other local services
  • Return things like library books and be sure you've picked up any dry-cleaning, shoe repairs etc

Cleaning up

  • If renting, arrange for carpet cleaners to come in after you have moved your furniture
  • Defrost and clean your fridge and freezer the day before you move
  • Safety - consider all safety implications when packing and moving

Start packing cartons: If you are doing your own move or at least your own packing, the sooner you can start the better. Don't forget to number and label the cartons, making note on your inventory which items have gone into which box. Keep items from each room in the same box so that when unpacking begins the room contents just have to put away. Complete packing or at least nominate boxes for items that will not be packed until the last minute. Label and number each box clearly.

Don't forget your pets! Moving can be stressful for animals. Does your pet have a microchip? If so, arrange for their contact details to be updated. At the very least, have a new tag for their collar made up with their new address and contact numbers.

Arrange for new locks to be fitted to the new house

The day of the move

  • Make or confirm key collection arrangements
  • Pack a small box of items you'll need for immediate use in your new home, including some toiletries, a change of clothes, medicines, toilet paper, soap and towels
  • Pack another box with kitchen essentials for the move day such as a kettle, cutlery, mugs, tea, coffee and snacks
  • Do a final check of all storage areas
  • Check off all furniture and cartons against your inventory as they go into the van or truck
  • Turn off electricity at the meter
  • Check that all doors and windows are securely locked as you leave your old house
  • Be sure to keep your valuables, personal effects and important papers with you
  • Ensure each person in your household has packed a bag containing clothes, toiletries and other personal items to take with them to see them through the first couple of days when boxes are still being unpacked. Children may like to include favourite toys and games to keep them occupied.
  • Check every nook and cranny to make sure you haven't left anything behind. Look through the attic, cupboards (especially the highest shelves), drawers, under the house, in the garage and around the garden.
  • Disconnect the washing machine and dishwasher and allow to drain if necessary.
  • Unpack bedding and make up beds as soon as possible - you'll thank yourself at the end of a tiring day