Moving home checklist

At least one month before you move

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 phone & internet provider, electricity, gas and water companies to confirm the date on which to discontinue services.
    Most providers allow you to ‘book your move’ online up to 4 weeks in advance.
  • 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, scissors 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 (gas, electricity,water, internet).
  • 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  and change address on your driver’s licence.
    If in Victoria you must notify Vic Roads within 14 days of your new address.
    This can be updated via their website, by logging into your account.
  • 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.

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