Moving House Checklist: The Step-By-Step Guide for Your Move

Take a look at our step-by-step moving house checklist or download it as a PDF below. Find out when to start comparing removal quotes, the best time to start packing and tips to make your move run smoothly.

In this file you can check which things you have already arranged. It is also possible to print the file so you can have the checklist on hand throughout your move.

After the Purchase/Rental of New Home

You’ve picked your new home so now you can start planning the timeline of your move. Here are the first steps that you need to take:

  • Sell ​​old house or cancel rent
  • Make agreements with possible new residents about taking over certain items from the household effects
  • Make agreements with the current residents of your new house about taking over certain items from the household effects
  • Measure all the spaces in your new home
  • Start investigating how much your move will cost and how much you will have to save
  • Find out which network administrator you have access to (gas, water, light)
  • Research the new area you are moving to (local shops, public transport).
  • Look for a new school or daycare for your child(ren)
  • If you want to renovate, inquire about costs and possibilities with contractors and make a budget

Moving House Checklist

Two Months Before Moving House

It’s important to inform certain people that you’re moving house so that the transition runs smoothly. The next few steps in this moving house checklist are the following:

  • Discuss your mortgage with the bank
  • Update your address for authorities and services (tax, insurance)
  • Disconnect/transfer service providers like utilities
  • Request removal quotes
  • Confirm your travel plans
  • Sort through your belongings and declutter by donating or selling it
  • Make a list of everyone who should be informed about your move. Below are some suggestions:
    • Friends and acquaintances
    • Family
    • Employer (s), business relations
    • General practitioner, dentist, pharmacy
    • All your current insurance policies
    • Bank
    • School
    • Your current subscriptions (magazines, news magazines, savings programs, fitness)
    • tax authorities
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One Month Before Moving House

Moving day is getting closer, which means it’s time to confirm important details with your removalist and begin packing items that you won’t need for the next month. Take a look at what you need to tick of your to-do list next:

  • Make an inventory list of what you wish to take. For your knowledge and to help removalists, use our volume calculator
  • Finalise contracts with your real estate agent
  • Confirm your booking with the removals company
  • Collect packing materials
  • Find storage facilities if required and not offered by your removal company
  • Pack non-essential items for each room
  • Order furnishings for your new home and book tradesman if required (plumbing, lighting, Foxtel connection)
  • If you have children, register them at their new school
  • Organise a cleaner for once you have moved

Moving House Checklist

Two Weeks Before Moving Day

With two weeks to go, make sure you re-direct your post so that you don’t lose your mail. Other important steps to take include:

  • Re-direct your mail with Australia Post for up to 3 months
  • Begin emptying your freezer and fridge of un-essential products
  • Finalise moving details with the removal company
  • Cancel any local services (for example: newspaper delivery)
  • Have a plan for moving day and organise a backup plan just in case
  • Organise care for your children and pets on moving day
  • Start cleaning up things you no longer need

One Week to Go

Now it’s time to get all hands on deck and pack as much as possible. Let your neighbours know when you’re moving out and make sure that there is easy access to your house for the removal van. Take a look at these final steps:

  • Finish packing as much as possible, focusing on non-essential items
  • Label boxes with their contents and to the room they belong
  • Pack an emergency ‘survival’ bag (spare clothes, toiletries, medication)
  • Place all necessary documentation in an easy to remember location
  • Collect the keys to your new home if possible or confirm their pickup
  • Call your removal company for a last-minute update/check
  • Begin defrosting your freezer.
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Moving Day

If you’ve followed this moving house checklist, then your moving day should run quite smoothly. These are essential things to do and be aware of on the day of your move:

  • Verify the delivery details of your belongings with the removalist when they arrive
  • Follow your inventory list, to ensure nothing is accidentally left behind
  • Double check every room and hidden space
  • Do a final sweep and clean so you leave it nice for the new owners or renters
  • Lastly, turn off the power and water supply, lock up and hand over the keys to the real estate agent.

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Arriving in New House

Now that you have arrived, wait for your removal company to arrive with your belongings. Here are a few tips on what to do:

  • Try to arrive before your removal company does
  • Check all utilities have been connected including fridge and freezer
  • Give removalists a copy of your house plan, so they know where to put your furniture

After Your Move

These final steps in our checklist are things that you can do once your removalists are placing your furniture in your house and also what you can do a few days after your arrival:

  • Have your real estate agent check your old house for damages to ensure you receive your bond back
  • Do a quick clean before placing your furniture
  • Unpack as soon as possible, it will help you do another de-clutter and start fresh in your new home right away
  • Meet your new neighbours if you haven’t already and go exploring
  • Write a review on your experience with the removalist. Your experience will help others who are planning their move!

Next Steps

We hope that you have found our moving house checklist helpful and that you now have a better idea how to plan out your move! If you would like more information on moving house, check out our other pages:

  • Find your Removalist: Check out our online profiles of moving companies for what services they provide and their reviews.
  • Moving Overseas: Decided to move out of the country instead? Take a look at these 11 steps for an easy move abroad.

Good luck with your move!