Moving into your brand new home is an incredibly exciting time! However, sometimes it can be a bit stressful with so much to get done – so we’ve compiled a checklist to ensure you’ll have a smooth and easy move!
4-6 weeks before your move
Book a removalist
You should start to think about how you’re going to move. Will you be using removalists, or will family and friends be able to help you? Whoever you use, get a few different quotes, and book your preferred supplier in early. If you’ll be undertaking the move with the help of your friends and family, you’ll need to figure out what size truck you will need to hire, and from where you can hire it. You should also consider if you have any large pieces that may be difficult to move or get into your new home, especially if it will be multi-storey.
Redirect your mail
Make arrangements to have your mail redirected from the date you move. Advise your friends and the organisations you deal with about your upcoming change of address. Australia Post can help you with this.
Before you even start to pack, throw out items you don’t really need. Donate old clothes and homewares to charity. Once you start packing - keep a list of what’s been packed and mark your boxes clearly to make it easier to unpack at your new home. Set aside the box containing all of your important papers and valuables, so it goes with you and not in the van. Make a list of things you’ll need the day before and on moving day, so you don’t pack them by accident.
Other things to consider
Start to use up food in your freezer as it will probably go to waste in the moving process. If you have some very valuable items, check your insurance policy to see if it covers the move. Its also a good time to start thinking about arranging your internet services in your new home, as this can sometimes take a few weeks to set up.
2 weeks before the move
With two weeks to go, it’s time to organise your utilities and connections.
You’ll need to organise the disconnection and reconnection of your electricity, gas, telephone, pay TV and water. You should be able to do most of this online. If you have a newspaper subscription that you’d like to continue, make sure you provide your new address. If you have any library books or DVDs on loan, you’ll want to make sure these are returned so they don’t accidentally get packed and end up at your new location. Ideally, by now you should have packed all of the non-essentials that you don’t use every day.
Leave your old home clean and tidy. If it’s in the budget and you’re pushed for time, book professional cleaners to come in as soon as the removalists have everything out of the home.
If you’re renting, arrange for carpet cleaners, pest controllers and any other necessary services to ensure you will get your bond back.
The day before
On the day before, confirm the key collection arrangements for both moving in and moving out. Pack a small box of necessities you’ll need for that first day and night in your new home such as toiletries, medicines, towels, a change of clothes, your pyjamas and some toilet paper. Pack another box of essentials for the kitchen, just to get you started. Do a final check of the storage areas and the top of any high cupboards. You’d be surprised what people leave behind!
It’s time to move!
Check off all your furniture and cartons as they go into the truck. Turn off the electricity at the meter and check that all the doors and windows are securely locked. As you leave your old place, take a photo, reach for a tissue, and smile! You’re off to your beautiful new home.
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