Moving Tips & Checklist

Moving Tips & Checklist

Moving house, unsurprisingly, can be a stressful experience. To make the process a little easier, we’ve put together a handy checklist and some pointers to get you packed and ready for the big day.




Moving Checklist


In the month before you move:


*Scout around for tape, marking pens and sturdy boxes


*Confirm your date of moving


*Have a thorough clean out. Organise a garage sale or donate unwanted goods to charity


*Ensure all your furniture, appliances and whitegoods will fit into your new address


*Start using all the frozen and canned foods you’ve been storing


*Prepare an inventory of boxes and a list of essential items you’ll need on moving day


*Organise a furniture removalist if necessary




In the final days:


*Contact utilities and organise final gas, electricity and water meter readings


*Organise utilities that you will require at your new address too


*Organise to discontinue telephone service lines, Foxtel/Cable T.V and your internet service


*Complete an Australia Post Mail Redirection Service Application to redirect your mail to your new address


*Cancel local arrangements such as lawn-mowing services or newspaper deliveries


*Return library books and DVDs, collect any outstanding items such as dry cleaning etc.


*Have a final clean-out, defrost and clean your fridge and freezer


*Inspect your new address and organise any necessary repairs or maintenance e.g. steam cleaning




On the day:


*Ensure valuables remain safe or with you at all times


*Check all cupboards and storage areas


*Mark boxes of essential items (like your kettle for that well deserved cuppa!)


*Turn off gas at the meter and electricity at the switchboard


*Say your final goodbyes, lock all doors and move on




Moving Tips


Tips for getting organised:


*Ask local bottle shop retailers or supermarkets for smaller spare boxes


*Consider using clear plastic storage tubs as they are cheap, the contents are easily identifiable and they are waterproof


*Hire a trolley for moving heavier items to save time, and your back!


*Wear some garden gloves to protect your hands


*Place dissembled furniture parts in a bag and tape to items (e.g. wheels)


*Remove the plate from your microwave and tape the door shut


*Pack frozen foods in some ice in an esky


*Pack sharp tools and utensils carefully with plenty of padding


*Tape butchers paper – not newspaper – over shiny surfaces to prevent marking


*Try to pack heavy things in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes


*Tighten the lids on jars and bottles of food and toiletries


*Distribute books out evenly amongst boxes as these are the heaviest


*Move boxes to the room closest to the exit before the day


*Mark each box with the room it is intended, and mark boxes of storage items




Spread the word:


Remember to ensure everyone can still contact you once you’ve moved on. Below are some of those you may need to advise of your change in address:


*Friends and relatives, of course


*Sporting clubs and community groups


*Your employer and/or education facility


*Doctor


*Dentist


*Banks and credit card companies


*Solicitor


*Accountant


*Tax office


*Electoral commission


*Insurance companies


*VicRoads (drivers licence/registration)


*Keep a record of your mail to ensure you haven’t missed anyone.




If you’d like any further assistance, please get in touch.

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