Updated: Nov 3, 2021
Moving house will be a time consuming period in your life, but you can get a little ahead by preparing one epic moving house task list - a 'moving house project plan' so to speak. There'll be lots for you to do, and hopefully some tasks you can delegate. Use our checklist for absolutely everything you need to remember when moving house to create your plan and move home smoothly.
1. Clear out your Junk:
You want to try and minimise the amount that you have to move to your new house so. sorting as you pack is a good way to do this.
Donate or recycle any unwanted belongings.
Start with larger items to create space for boxes as you pack.
Book a council clean up or recycling service for things you cant donate or sell.
Use up any items that are half full in the pantry.
2. People to Notify:
You need to make the list of which services and when to notify the companies once the date of the move is known.
We wrote a comprehensive list of who to notify and when to notify, when moving house that includes:
Government services to notify you are moving house
Financial services to notify you are moving house
Motoring services to notify you are moving house
Health services to notify you are moving house
School services to notify you are moving house
Utility services to notify you are moving house
Estate Agents, Landlords or Strata
Moving services to notify
Friends and family to notify you are moving house
You want to make sure your electricity, and utilities are connected at your new home. See our checklist - easy steps for transferring electricity, gas and utilities
Health Services, Doctors, Dentist etc are better being notified earlier. A recommendation would be 4 weeks to ensure that relevant documents are transferred across.
Schools, Preschools and sporting activities are also best given 4 weeks especially if there is going to be a transfer as limited spots may available.
3. Pack Efficiently:
Use one room that doesn’t get used to move all the packed items into.
Pack one room at a time
Label each box as you go, making sure you write the contents on each box.
Label all of your fragile items.
Tape up or put any liquids into bags.
Have a box or tub for any kitchen items that can be used for when you move in.
Try to use any original boxes or packaging to pack items into.
Pack heavier items into smaller boxes or tubs.
Any fragile items should be wrapped with newspaper and/or bubble wrap
Try to pack items inside each other e.g. pots and pans.
Use as much linen, pillows etc to cushion any fragile items in boxes.
Pack a separate bag for any clothes, toiletries or medication which will be required for the next couple of days.
Pack any important documents or bills that may be required more urgently in a file that you can have on hand.
4. Familiarise with the new area:
Take a drive or walk around the new area and get to know where your closest shopping centres, schools, parks, Doctors etc are located.
Contact your local Government Council for a new Resident Kit. This will provide you with all the up to date information that you need to know about your new local neighbourhood.
5. Settling the Family:
Animals and children tend to get stressed when moving. A way to ensure they settle into the new home quickly is by establishing their living quarters and providing a safe space by unpacking items that they are familiar with to settle into their new routine.
Animals may need to be housed inside for a couple of days or in a separate room until they become familiar with their surroundings.
That's a big list!
What else would you put on your 'who to notify when moving' list? Contact us and let us know.