Useful Tips

Moving home checklist

At least one month before you move

  • Clean out your cupboards, garage, roof storage space, garden shed, toy boxes and bookshelves.
  • Discuss the move with your children as moving can be a stressful time for them.
  • Have a garage sale.
  • Discard anything you don’t need, donate things in good condition to charity.
  • Evaluate whether to move all your appliances. Consider age, size and colour. If your stove, refrigerator, washer or dryer won’t match or
  • fit in your new home, consider selling them.
  • Make a complete list of items to be moved.
  • Decide if you will move all your plants or just your favourites.
  • Use up your frozen foods and reduce your supply of canned goods.
  • Notify your security company, lawn mower, newspaper delivery and any other regular services.
  • Arrange to collect any rental bond or security deposits on utilities or rentals.
  • Check your building and contents insurance, and find out if the policy can be transferred to your new home. Make sure that your contents are covered for the move.
  • Check on club membership fees. You may be able to get a refund or transfer/sell the membership to a friend.
  • Check with your veterinarian regarding any travel preparation needed for your pets.
  • Register children for their new school or day-care.
  • At least two weeks before you move

  • Contact telephone land line, electricity, gas and water companies to confirm the date on which to discontinue services.
  • Advise the utility companies in your new location when to start new services.
  • If you are moving interstate, check new driver’s license and car registration requirements.
  • Be sure to clean out school and gym lockers.
  • Do not move combustible and flammable items, including oil-based paints, bleach, cleaning and lighting fluids, matches and ammunition.
  • Do not move aerosol cans (including hair sprays, shaving creams, deodorants, household cleaners, insecticides, tarnish removers and car cleaners). Use them up or throw them out
  • Arrange any pest control for your new home
  • One week before you move

  • Notify Australia Post of your change of address and complete a Mail Redirection.
  • Drain gas and oil from lawn mowers, chain saws, etc. Gas cylinders must be emptied and certified by specialists.
  • Check to make sure you didn’t leave anything at the dry cleaners.
  • Prepare a box for last-on and first-off the truck. This might include essentials from your kitchen and bathroom. Include a hammer, pliers, screwdrivers and nails.
  • Prepare a separate box with all necessary medications and first aid supplies.
  • Make your children their own “moving box” with special treasures, including toys games and snacks for your trip.
  • Don’t ship any valuables (e.g. jewellery or legal documents) with the moving company. Either carry them with you or send by certified mail.
  • The day before you move

  • If you have arranged packing service, they usually arrive the day before the truck is loaded. Be sure you are at home to supervise the packing.
  • Defrost and clean your fridge and freezer at least 24 hours in advance of the move.
  • Make sure fragile items receive special attention. Label each carton with the contents and location in the new home.
  • Gather all of your house keys and arrange to leave them with the new owners, your real estate agent, landlord or a trusted neighbour.
  • Notify a close friend or relative of your itinerary in case of emergency.
  • The day of your move – out of the old

  • Check the mover’s inventory to be sure that you agree with the number of items.
  • Get a copy of the mover’s inventory.
  • Search every room before the truck leaves.
  • Record the truck driver’s name and give him your mobile phone number.
  • The day of your move – into the new

  • Get to your new home before the movers. There could be a waiting charge if you are late.
  • Check all utilities are connected.
  • Check appliances, and hot-water heater are all working.
  • Check the condition of each carton and household item as it is unloaded.
  • Once you’re settled into your new home

  • Register car at your new address.
  • Change your address on your driver’s licence.
  • Update your electoral enrolment address details.
  • Transfer your medical records to your new doctor, dentist, optometrist etc.
  • Every time you receive re-directed mail, contact the sender to change your address and phone number.