Moving House Checklist

CHECKLIST FOR MOVING HOUSE

Take a deep breath – the moving house checklist is here to keep those stress levels low! Download and print our moving checklist to make sure you’re on track with your stress-free move with us. Proceed below...

COUNTDOWN TO MOVING HOME:

SIX WEEKS TO GO

  • Start a central file for your move documents
  • Is the moving company booked
  • Create a floor plan for your new home (if known) and plan placement of furniture
  • Arrange for disposal of garden chemicals, paint and fuel
  • Travelling? Have you arranged passports, visas, money, accommodation and flights
  • Arrange to have mail held or redirected to your new address
  • Notify school, day care etc of transfer
  • Insurance – transit, home and contents, building, vehicle etc
  • Check inventory list, cross off everything you don’t absolutely need and dispose of these items
  • Cancel newspapers and other subscriptions or arrange to redirect to your new address.

TWO WEEKS TO GO

  • If you planned to do some packing yourself, start now
  • If you need cartons and packing materials, arrange delivery or collect by calling Surfside Removals
  • Write on the packing tape of every carton describing room and content
  • If your boat or trailer is to be included with the load ensure all items are packed away
  • Return any borrowed items, library books, DVDs etc
  • Check the garden, garage and shed and under the house
  • Arrange pet vaccinations (if required)
  • If your car is being moved, have it checked/serviced
  • Arrange to transfer your bank accounts

ONE WEEK TO GO

  • Establish cut off dates for electricity, gas and phone
  • Make a list of your requirements on moving day
  • If you’re transporting your car make sure arrangement are in place
  • Ensure any travel arrangements for your pets has been confirmed
  • Pets can often sense that change is occurring and its good idea to arrange for them to be collected the day you move or before if possible
  • Drain fuel from lawn mowers, empty any gas cylinders/bottles (your local service station may be able to assist you with this)
  • Remove batteries from any battery powered devices
  • Arrange carpet/general cleaning

TWO DAYS TO GO

  • Pack luggage, those items you will need immediately after you move
  • Will you need to arrange special parking or access for your removalist at your new home
  • Collect dry cleaning
  • Do the laundry
  • Dispose of any remaining chemicals, flammables & garbage
  • Pack the items the professionals will not be packing
  • Make a list of things you want the mover to pack last and unpack first.

ONE DAY TO GO

  • If you are having items professionally wrapped/packed, this service will commence today
  • Separate the items you have packed and will be taking with you
  • Leave your forwarding address and phone number for your new premises with real estate agency
  • Defrost your fridge (if necessary), clean it out and dry it.
  • Eat or dispose of any food remaining in the kitchen.
  • If your house will be vacant for a while notify police and neighbours.

MOVING DAY!

  • Pack yourself a survival kit; clothing, personal items, travel documents, tickets, first aid kit, money, cheque book and don’t forget the kids and pets.
  • Collect all house keys, ensure electricity and gas metres have been read and telephone disconnected.
  • Tighten all taps
  • If renting, leave keys with your real estate agent/landlord
  • As the moving van is being loaded, walk around the house, garden, garage & shed from time to time to check, check, check…
  • Don’t forget to read through and sign the inventory before leaving the house.
  • Turn off the power.
  • Lock the house securely
  • Change locks in the new house

CHECKLIST - UTILITIES & SERVICES TO NOTIFY:

  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Telecommunications
  • Council
  • Water
  • Post Office/Mail
  • RTA (Drivers Licence)
  • Education
  • Bank
  • Vet
  • Doctor
  • Solicitor
  • Clubs
  • Insurers
  • Other

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