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Your guide to becoming a moving expert
Moving is stressful, let’s simplify it. Whether it’s just one person or three and a dog, there’s a lot to
get through and usually not enough time to do it.
There is one way to make moving home simple and less stressful and that’s by staying organised. The
following moving guide walks you through the moving process, week by week. Keeping you on track so you can
continue to feel excited about your new home.
Before you start packing
Update your address details
Expert Tip: Refer to our guide on
who to notify when you move house.
The ATO, your bank and electricity provider will want to know where you’re going (just to name a few).
Make sure you update your details where required.
- If you have children that attend school or kindergarten, let them know your plans.
- Change the delivery address on any subscriptions such as food delivery or magazines.
Update your phone apps such as UberEats or Google Maps (don’t have your dinner delivered to the wrong
- Don’t forget the security alarm, you might need to re-configure it.
Keep important documents safe
Expert Tip: Scan and save them on a hard drive or your computer for safe keeping.
- School records
- Medical records and prescriptions
- Driver’s license
- Bank statements
- Receipts of new appliances that are still under warranty
- Hire purchase agreements
- Lease agreements for the old and new homes
- Any important communications
- Documents and receipts relating to moving house
Keep all your valuables together
- If you can, put them in a safe. If not, ask a trusted friend or family member to keep them safe.
- You could consider insuring these items for during and after you move.
Get rid of items you don’t use.
This is a good time to clean out your belongings. If you haven’t used something for a few months or worn an
item of clothing in a year consider donating it, passing it on to someone or as a last resort, throw it out.
Organise packing materials
Save some money by going to local supermarkets, news agencies or department stores and ask if they have
any spare cardboard boxes or newspaper etc
Stock up on packing materials like sticky tape and bubble wrap. Keep everything in a safe place, you
wouldn’t want to lose them during your move.
It’s time to pack
Packing made easy
Expert Tip: Be sure to label boxes on the side, not the top incase you stack the boxes on
top of each other. Refer to our guide on packing made easy.
Create a dedicated packing zone in a room or area of your home. Make sure this zone is big enough and out
of the way so you can continue living a relatively normal life until moving day.
- Sort items from your home that you no longer want into three piles “Sell”,”Donate”, “Give Away”
Begin the packing process by labelling boxes according to the room they will be unpacked at your new home.
Start with one room at a time and try not to move on until you complete each room. Make sure to put aside
items you will use up until moving day.
- Write a list of the essentials you will need for the first day in your new home.
Avoid pulling a muscle or having the contents break the bottom of your box. Packing heavy items (like
kitchen appliances or cookbooks) in small boxes will make boxes easier to carry.
Flat pack books. If books are packed with their spines facing up or down the books may push through the
bottom of the box all over the ground, or even worse - hurting your toes!
Pack a Moving Day essentials box
From the kitchen:
Prepare for the first night:
- Plates, mugs, glasses and some utensils
- Coffee, tea, sugar
Cleaning supplies - dishwashing liquid, bleach, air freshener, tea towels, paper towels and dish cloths
- A microwave dish for heating up food
- If you have a pet pack their bowls, food, toys and bedding
- Towels and toothbrushes
- Clothes for the next day
- Phone chargers
- Toilet paper
- Some toys (if you need to entertain kids)
Time to organise the essentials
Energy - It may surprise you how many people leave energy to the very last minute. Good
news is, you can organise your energy a few weeks out from moving day. Try and get the essentials
organised as soon as possible, you will be surprised what might come up last minute. Tick energy off the
list, get it done now.
- Internet - Find out what Internet options are available to you at your new home.
Water - Contact your local water company and let them know you are moving. Take the final
read and note it down so when you receive a final bill you can check the water bill for the right final
date. Your real estate agent might have done all this for you, so check with them first.
Keys - Gather all your keys around your home. Confirm a date and time to drop off the old
keys and collect your new keys.
Depending on your situation, you may need to organise home and/or contents insurance. While you’re at it,
consider insuring your belongings during the moving process. If you’re using a removalist, some include
protection however be sure to read the fine print.
Do it yourself vs booking a removalist
You could move everything yourself, which can be a much cheaper option than hiring a removalist. You can
hire a truck or a trailer to move your big, heavy furniture and use your car (or borrow a friends) to
transport the rest. Don’t be surprised if you reach your daily step count quickly, with all those trips back
and forth. The downside is, this option is very time consuming and you may need to rely on friends or
Prefer to leave it to the professionals? Hiring a removalist generally means everything is packed and loaded
in a single trip. Plus, your belongings are protected with padding. Watching removalists loading a truck can
look like a great game of tetris! Make sure you do your research before booking. Often removalists charge by
the hour, so factor in travel time and traffic conditions to and from your home. Weekdays can be a cheaper
option if you can take a day off work.
If you choose to book a removalist company, let them know of the following:
- Gated communities: Does your community offer access to large trucks?
- Stairs: Will the removalists have to carry items up stairs? If so, how many stairs?
Lifts: If you are moving to or from a home with lift access, you’ll need to confirm your moving date and
book the lift with your building manager.
It’s the final countdown
Here is a list of the last minute tasks in the lead up to the move:
Don’t risk losing your furry family member, organise a pet sitter for the day. On moving day people will
be coming in and out of your home and doors will be left open.
Organise moving day for the kids. If the kids are with you, pack some games or make moving fun by letting
them manage your checklist. You could even get them a yellow hard hat, they’ll probably love it.
- Eat or throw away any food that will go off.
Kitchen and laundry appliances
- Wipe down the inside of the fridge including door seals.
- Unplug the fridge and leave the door open.
If you plan to defrost the fridge for moving day, unplug it and keep the doors open until it’s nice and
dry. Tape the door(s) shut on the morning of moving day. If you had to lay your fridge down during your
move, be sure to leave it upright for at least 24 hours before you plug it in and start using it again.
- Clean the washing machine, dryer and dishwasher according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Unplug the power cable from the wall.
- Remove the pipes from outlets and drains.
- Wipe down the appliance inside and out, leaving enough time for it to dry.
Place all pipes and loose items in a bag and then place inside the machine so you won’t lose anything. You
can then tape the doors shut.
- Wrap the cables and tape them to the machine.
Move with a clean conscience
With all your belongings packed up and ready to go, there is no better time to clean your old space ready
for it’s new residents. As one door closes, another opens and it’s courtesy to leave your old home up to the
standard you would be happy to walk into.
Whether you hire a professional cleaner or do the cleaning yourself, make sure you pay attention to the
following areas in your home.
The final clean checklist:
- Scuffs and marks on floors and walls
- Stains, rips, tears and lumps on carpets
- Window sills and glass
- Mould and mildew on bathroom walls and ceilings
- Mould, mildew and grease in the kitchen
- Shower doors and rails
- In and around crevices and cracks for toilets and bathtubs
- Grease, stains, oil or sauces in or on the oven, stovetop
- Extractor fans in the kitchen
- Light fittings and other fixtures
- Doors, door frames, and window sills
- Cabinet doors (inside and out) as well as the racks inside
Let’s get moving
Moving day has arrived!
The day has arrived! Be sure to get an early start, you wouldn’t want to waste precious moving time:
- Firstly, if you have kids or pets around you’ll need to get them organised.
Keep all your valuables safe by putting them straight in the boot of your car and locking it. That way you
know where they are at all times.
- Keep all your packing materials in one place so they are easy to get and to find.
- Do a final walk through of every room to make sure it’s all clean and packed up.
To wrap it up
Stay organised to make your move is as stress-free as possible. Become a moving expert in no time, simply
follow this guide to help plan each stage of your move to make your moving experience simple and easy.
Moving home is as easy as 1,2,3...4
Get a pen and paper because you might want to take some notes, or just do the easy thing and bookmark
this handy 4 step guide.
Packing made easy
The ultimate packing list to keep your precious belongings safe during your move.
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A guide to staying cool calm and collected when moving house.