Moving house checklist

Moving house can be a stressful time with so many things to do. Use our handy checklist to ensure your move is as smooth and stress free as possible.

4-6 weeks out

  • If buying a home, confirm the settlement date and final inspection date
  • If renting, confirm the key collection date for your new home and the inspection date for your old address
  • Arrange home and contents insurance for your new home
  • Organise school and childcare transfers as early as possible
  • Depending how far you are moving, obtain medical, pet and school records
  • Book a removalist
  • Book cleaners if required for your old and/or new home
  • Sort your belongings and donate to charity, sell or dispose of anything you don’t want
  • Start using up food in the freezer and cupboard.

3 weeks out

  • Move your electricity quickly and easily with Ergon Energy Retail
  • Transfer and set up other utilities e.g. gas, internet, phone, pay TV
  • Redirect your mail, newspapers and any other subscriptions
  • Book time off work if required
  • Ask a friend or family member to help out with children and pets on moving day
  • Organise packing materials – boxes, tape, bubble wrap, markers
  • Pack non-essential items and label all boxes with the contents and room destination.

1-2 weeks out

  • Start using up the food in the fridge
  • Pack remaining items
  • Pack an essentials box with items like sheets, towels, toilet paper, medication, special children’s toys, pet bowls and leads, scissors and tools for assembling furniture
  • Back up your important documents online
  • Reconfirm all moving details with your removalist and lawyer or real estate agent.

The day before

  • Defrost and empty your fridge
  • Unplug appliances
  • Pack up any last minute items
  • Say goodbye to your old neighbours
  • Get a good night’s sleep to stay positive and energised.

Moving day

  • Supervise the removalists and give clear directions on where furniture and other items should go
  • Lock all doors and windows when you leave your old home and turn off any lights
  • Check you have all keys and relevant instructions for your new home
  • Check everything is to your satisfaction before the removalists leave
  • Assemble and make the beds
  • Return keys for your old home to the real estate agent
  • Say hello to your new neighbours
  • Relax in your new home and congratulate yourself on your successful move!

After your move