Moving can be stressful, but we want you to know that it doesn’t have to be this way. At Foxie, we like to help make your move simple and stress free. We’ve compiled the best moving house checklist ever! Start early if you can, follow these simple week-by-week steps, and tick them off as you go.
What to do in the weeks leading up to your move
|4 Weeks Before Your Move (if possible)||
|2 Weeks Before Your Move||
|1 Week Before Your Move||
|Day Before Your Move||
|Day After Your Move||
- Make a Start – Walk through your existing home and look in every room and cupboard. Don’t forget under the stairs, under your house and the garage if you have one. Make a list of things you want to take with you and things you want to discard. Include items that need extra insurance or special packaging. This list will be helpful to discuss with a removalist or to work out what moving materials and equipment you’ll need.
- Purge – Donate items if you don’t want to take them with you, sell more valuable items on eBay or Gumtree, and dispose of the rest. The more you clear, the less you will need to move.
4 Weeks Before Your Move
- Give Notice – notify your real estate agent or landlord of your move out date and arrange to settle any outstanding bills.
- Book a Removalist or Van – if you aren’t able to do all the packing, moving and unpacking yourself, start researching moving companies. Word of mouth recommendations are always the best so ask around or check online reviews. Request a written quote or estimate and make sure you understand the charges and terms. Removalists often book out weeks in advance so as soon as you find one you’re happy with, confirm your moving date and book them in. For DIY moves, book a van or truck if needed and consider where to source ropes, blankets and a trolley.
- Recruit Family and Friends to Help on the Day – if you’re planning a DIY move, you may still need a few extra people to help lift heavy items or look after small children while you’re busy moving. Ask help from someone who is reliable and let them know your moving date as early as possible so they’re ready.
- Make Your Travel and Accommodation Arrangements – if you need somewhere to stay overnight or short term, book your accommodation. If you need to take flights, book those as well.
- Gather Packing Supplies – Order packing (butcher’s) paper, bubble wrap, specialty containers, and packing tape. Most moving companies can supply these items for an extra cost and may even be able to drop them off to you. If you’re on a budget shop around as there are many options. You may be able to pick up second hand boxes on websites like Gumtree or your local supermarket could be a good source of free, clean boxes. Good quality packing materials could ultimately save you time and money by protecting your goods.
- Start Packing – start packing items you don’t use regularly. Take pictures of your valuables and pack those separately. You may wish to carry some valuable items with you rather than send them with your removalist. Leave the things you use daily unpacked for now. Removalists usually refuse to move boxes that have aerosol cans, paint, alcohol, matches or other chemicals. Keep these separated and plan to move them yourself or dispose of them.
- Label and List – mark every box with a content list and the room you want it to go in when you get to your new house. Take a photo or make a copy of these lists. You can match them to the moving company’s list later. You may not want to list some valuable items on the box, as it may encourage theft.
- Arrange Insurance – your insurance requirements will vary depending on your circumstances. Consider all your insurance requirements including home, contents and car and discuss with your insurer, your needs both during and after the move. Your existing policy may include cover during a move or you may need to purchase additional cover. Don’t forget insurance cover for any items you are putting in storage.
- Make Pet Arrangements – for moving day, make arrangements for a pet sitter or pet care facility if needed. If you’re moving interstate, make travel plans and ensure your pet is current on vaccinations.
- Clear Out the Freezer – make a point to use frozen food items that are difficult to move. Run down you pantry and fridge contents also, so there will be less to move.
2 Weeks Before Your Move
- Confirm Moving Arrangements – Contact your chosen moving company and double-check plans for moving day. If you have not already sorted insurance, discuss this with them. Also discuss who will be responsible for disassembling any furniture.
- Storage – consider whether you’ll need temporary or permanent storage for some items and research your options.
- Measure Larger Pieces – ensure all of your larger items can get out of your home and into your new home. Take measurements of any wide, tall or oddly-shaped pieces, and measure tight spaces and doorways to avoid surprises on moving day. Discuss with your removalist if necessary.
- Connect Utilities – arrange your new utility providers and set up the services for preferably the second last business day before you move in. Foxie can save you time by arranging your electricity, gas, water and broadband connections in one phone call. Foxie can also assist with Pay TV or if you already have a Pay TV contract you may be able to transfer that contract and service to your new location. Remember also to instruct your existing utility companies to disconnect your services a few days after you move out, as you may still need those services for cleaning.
- Take Time Off – consider how many days you’ll need to concentrate on the move, and request time off from your employer.
- Book Carpet and Other Cleaners – Prepare to clean or arrange for your existing home to be thoroughly cleaned once you’ve moved out, including garden maintenance. Arrange rubbish removal if required. If you have large floor rugs, now might be a good opportunity to clean those also. The cleaner can send them back wrapped and ready to move.
- Update Your Computer – download any current software updates and double-check that you have everything backed up to an external hard drive or online cloud storage.
- Sort Your Mail – if you have time, start making change of address notifications now including Road and Traffic Authority (driver’s license and vehicle registration), electoral role, bank, employer, newspaper and other subscriptions and family and friends. Otherwise, arrange a mail redirection or hold through Australia Post. Leave a forwarding address with a trusted neighbour or note on the kitchen bench just incase any mail slips through.
- Important Paperwork – put any important paperwork you might need over the next few weeks, including documents for your move, in a box you can easily access or make sure they can be accessed from a phone, laptop or tablet.
1 Week Before Your Move
- Finish Packing – the goal is to finish the general household packing a few days before your official move day. Aim to get everything that can fit in a box, in a box with the lid closed and taped…your removalist will love you for it.
- Gather ropes, blankets and a trolley – for DIY moves, you make need some or all of these to protect your things and prevent injuries.
- Donate Food – if you don’t want to move a lot of food, donate it to a charity or give it to a friend or neighbour.
- Pack a Personal Bag – your personal bag should have a full change of clothing for every family member or more if you plan to move interstate. Include other essentials like toilet paper and a phone charger or anything you need to survive for a few days if you run into delays.
- Unplug – clean and disconnect large appliances you want to move. If they’re powered by gas, contact a professional to do it. Defrost your freezer and clean it the day before the move (for short distance moves you may not need to do this).
- Pick-up Laundry – collect laundry, dry-cleaning or any items that you may have at repair shops.
1 Day Before Your Move
- Triple-Check with the Movers – triple-check your moving arrangements, verify the cost and verify accepted payment methods. Ask for a mobile phone contact, and confirm the arrival times. Have written directions ready for the moving crew and anyone who is driving.
- Collect Keys – collect the keys to your new home, or make arrangements for your landlord or real estate agent to meet you at your new house.
- Check the House You Are Moving to is Clean and Prepared – It’s also a good idea to take photos of the condition of the property and any existing damage.
- Disassemble Furniture – disassemble your furniture and place brackets, screws and fasteners in a small plastic bag. Label and attach to the underside of your furniture or keep somewhere safe.
- Donate or Dispose – arrange for a final donation of any items you don’t want to take with you or dispose of them.
Moving Day – Old House
- Kitchen Survival Kit – have a quick breakfast then put your kettle, toaster a few plates and cutlery, loaf of bread and any other essential items into a box or basket that will be quick and easy to locate at your new home.
- Meet the Movers – greet the movers as they arrive and discuss the job with them. For DIY moves, pick up your hire van or truck (if applicable) and get started.
- Supervise Load-In – watch the moving crew stack your items in the truck, and watch for damage. If you’re moving yourself, take care to avoid any damage or injuries.
- Tidy – make a point to tidy up room by room as you load your items.
- Final Walkthrough – once the house is empty, do a final walkthrough. Make sure there’s nothing left, turn off the lights and lock the windows and doors.
Moving Day – New House
- Supervise the Unloading – when you get to your new home, be clear on which rooms to put which boxes and if relevant, show the movers around and supervise the unloading process.
- Pay the Movers – once everything is unloaded and in the correct rooms, pay and thank the moving crew.
- Initial Clean – you may like to mop and vacuum the floors before you assemble your furniture or clean the showers, baths and toilets if they don’t meet your standards.
- Assemble Furniture and Unpack – start assembling your furniture and unpack. The good news is that unpacking is usually much quicker than packing. If you notice damage, snap pictures and notify the moving company.
Moving doesn’t have to be stressful, but it does take some organisation. With Foxie’s best ever moving house checklist, you’ll be able to take on your move with confidence and look forward to putting your feet up in your new home.
Additional Things to Consider for Long Distance Moves
- Schools – if you have children, contact their school as early as possible, to let them know you’re moving and get copies of transcripts. Contact the new schools and start the enrolment process.
- Medical Records – get in touch with your doctors and get copies of your family’s medical records. You can also request records be sent to your new doctor. If you don’t have one yet, ask for recommendations and get any important prescriptions to cover you until you find a new doctor.
- Visit the Pharmacy – if you have prescriptions, refill any you’ll need for the coming month. Arrange to transfer any repeat prescriptions to your new pharmacy.
- Insurance – for overseas moves you may also need to update your health insurance or consider additional insurance requirements like medical evacuation.
- Mobile Phone – for overseas moves cancel your local mobile plan and arrange a new plan in the country you are moving to.
- Clear Out – Empty your safe deposit boxes, storage units and any off-site storage units you have.