Checklist for moving house

To assist you with a stress - free move, follow this checklist in the lead up to your moving date

6 weeks to go

  • Set a moving date and book the removalists (or friends and family to assist you)
  • Start collecting boxes or have them delivered so you can start packing
  • Organise time off work for the move if necessary
  • If hiring a van or removal company, think about parking outside your our old and new home
  • Arrange insurance cover notes for your new home
  • Start keeping a folder with all moving documentation (checklist, quotes, phone numbers etc)
  • Check that your larger appliances will fit into your new home

4 weeks to go

  • Work out what you don’t want to take with you
  • Sell or donate any unwanted items
  • Arrange a council rubbish collection for anything left over
  • Notify your landlord (if moving from a rental property)

3 weeks to go

  • Arrange to have your mail redirected (Australia Post has a mail redirection service)
  • Advise your change of address to:
    • Banks
    • Insurance providers (building, contents, car, life)
    • Private health fund
    • Telephone and internet service providers
    • TV, magazine and other subscriptions
    • Your employer
    • Friends, family and colleagues
    • Doctor/dentist
    • Medicare
    • Relevant state authority for drivers licence and car registration
    • Australian Electoral Commission
    • Centrelink
    • School/TAFE/university
    • Child care centre
    • Accountant/Australian Taxation Office
    • Solicitor
    • Superannuation fund
    • E-tags, tolls and mechanic
    • Vet, microchip registry and local council

2 weeks to go

  • Transfer or set up utilities – electricity, water, gas, telephone, internet and pay TV
  • Pack up all items you won’t be using before the move
  • Label boxes clearly with room destination and those that need to be handled with care
  • A good tip is to number your boxes so you can check all have arrived
  • Create a floor plan for removalists (so they know where to put the boxes)
  • Book a locksmith to change locks at your new house on moving day
  • Confirm removalist company booking
  • Collect appliance instructions booklets for the new owners
  • Cancel any regular services such as lawn mowing

1 week to go

  • Stop buying food and try to eat from the pantry, fridge and freezer
  • Settle any outstanding bills
  • Back up your computer
  • Set aside bed linen and towels to be used on your first night


Moving house requires plenty of planning.


1 day to go

  • Defrost and empty the fridge and freezer
  • Turn off the washing machine
  • Finish all your packing and make sure the boxes are clearly labelled with any instructions for the removalists

Moving day

  • Have your handyman kit and folder with moving documentation at hand
  • Continue to check the house for anything you might have missed (high shelves, under the bed, back of drawers)
  • Ensure gas and electricity meters have been read and the telephone, cable and internet disconnected
  • Leave appliance instruction books
  • Leave behind garage door openers and any spare keys for the new owners or return them to your landlord
  • Turn off the power, hot water and gas
  • Check you have left nothing behind
  • Lock all the doors and windows

At your new home

  • Check you have all the keys and any instructions to your new home (appliances etc)
  • Check any utilities are connected and hot water is on
  • Have your locks changed
  • Assemble and make beds as soon as possible
  • Notify moving company immediately if anything is missing or damaged


Survival packs for moving day

Have these handy packs available on moving day to make the transition into your new home a little more comfortable.

Survival pack – include cleaning products, kettle, tea, coffee, cutlery, milk, bread, takeaway menus, phone chargers, essential toiletries, toilet paper and medications. Don’t forget your pets – make sure you have some
food, water bowls, beds and leads.

Bring essentials for the following day – clothes and school uniforms. Ensure you have a set of bedding, towels, pj’s and if you have children, make sure you have their favourite toy to help them settle into their new bedroom on the first night.

A handyman kit with essentials like allen keys, screwdrivers, hammer, nails, wall hooks, lightbulbs, scissors, and torch will help avoid having to rummage through boxes when trying to construct your bed.


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