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
*Banks and credit card companies
*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.