The Ultimate Moving House Checklist | A Guide to Moving House
Moving house is stressful, let’s face it! It requires a lot of time and project management, and you will definitely break a sweat with all that physical labour. All of this is unavoidable though. Whether you’re upsizing, downsizing, or moving continents, we all move to a new house at least once, if not several times, in our life. Do not underestimate how much preparation time is needed when moving house. There are a number major and minor tasks to organise before moving on and closing the door on your old house.
To help make the entire process as stress free as possible, we have put together the ultimate moving house checklist.
How much is your move going to cost?
First things first, it is essential to have an understanding of how much your move is going to cost you. Budgeting is key to saving costs.
To make your life easier when moving within Australia, we have created a great page that outlines the costs of moving and how you can best budget for it. If you are leaving Down Under for an overseas adventure, don’t worry, we have also done our research and put together a complete guide to international moving costs.
Calculate the volume of your furniture
Until you move house, you don’t really realise just how much stuff you have. And trust us, we all have a more than we think!
Whether you choose to hire professional removalists or to do it yourself by hiring a van, it is vital that you understand just how much you want to move, and most importantly what the volume is. To get an estimated volume for potential moving companies or to hire a van, fill out our volume calculator.
Update your address details
It makes sense to let everyone know that you are moving house. And even though we would all love to avoid receiving unwanted bills, it is important to update your address details with a number of organisations. These include:
- Banks and other financial institutions
- Australian Taxation Office via MyGov
- Electoral commission
- Your superannuation fund
- Children’s school(s)
- Car insurance company
- Department of Transport
- Subscription services (Foxtel, newspapers, magazines etc.).
Disconnect and connect all utilities
Everyone these days has internet, we all have more than 1 tv in the house, maybe some of us still have a designated landline and Foxtel is a must if you are a Game of Thrones fan. When you are moving to a new house, you need to let all of these providers know that either you no longer need their services, or you want to take them with you.
If you want to continue the services or more in your new house, it is great to get in touch with the company early on and ensure you can continue your service in your new home.
Re-direct your mail with Australia Post
Even if you have remembered to notify every single organisation and subscription that you were moving house, you would be surprised how much mail you could still receive at your previous address. Through Australia Post, you can redirect your mail for up to 3 months. That way, if you forgot a company or even your family and friends missed the memo, you do not loose any important mail!
Choose the right removalist to help you
Unless you are moving only a suburb over, you own a ute or you have plenty of time to drive back and forth with a full car load, you are going to want and or need help with your move. But how to choose a company that suits you? We have compared a number of international removalists in Australia and put together a top 10 list to help you choose the right company for you.
Don’t worry, if you are moving within Australia, we recommend filling in our free online form. We can match you to the best removal companies that suit your needs, from location in Australia to what you want to move. By requesting quotes, you can save up to 40% on your move!
Pack and dismantle your furniture
Are you planning on packing up your house yourself? Or are you needing help with finding packing materials, knowing how to wrap things so they don’t break or dismantling furniture? When it comes to physically packing up your house, you need to decide whether or not you want/can pack everything yourself or you just want someone to swoop in and save the day.
It is important to keep in mind that, if you are moving overseas and taking wooden furniture or Australian appliances with you there are a few things you need to do. Check out our Moving Overseas checklist, where we outline the 14 key things to consider before you go.
Clean your house
If you are renting you’re used to the big monthly clean. However, if you are a home owner or simply moving, you realise there is a lot to pack up, and then afterwards even more to clean. It is important to leave your old house in pristine condition, after all, you want your new house to also be squeaky clean!
There are a number of cleaning companies that specialise in moving house, whether you are renting or own the house. They take away that last minute chore. For those renting, they will help you get your bond back, and who doesn’t want their money back!?
When you buy or rent a new place, and even before you move, you should consider taking out home and contents insurance. You will also have to insure your belongings when they are transported. Most removal companies will include insurance in their fee, however it is best to read the T&C’s. You may need or want to take out additional removal insurance depending on what you are moving and where too.
Cancel services and deliveries
Do you have the newspaper delivered? How about groceries? Make sure you cancel or re-direct any of your regular deliveries. It is also important to remember to notify your gardener, cleaner or even babysitter that you are moving house or states.
Request some quotes and compare prices
If you are moving house, it’s guaranteed you want to save yourself some hard earned money. One key step to check off your moving house checklist is to request removal quotes and compare prices. Getting up to 5 different prices and comparing them based on your needs and circumstances will save you money and time!