YOUR MOVING HOME CHECKLIST!
Congratulations on the sale of your home, now the fun begins… or does it?
When you hear the words “Moving House” how does that make you feel? Chances are your heart skipped a beat and overwhelm started rearing it’s ugly head.
My team and I have helped dozens of home owners manage the stressful job of moving home I am so passionate about helping people overcome their overwhelm that I have put together a complete home relocation checklist to save you precious time and energy, however if you’re exhausted just by looking at the long list of things to do send me an email and we can sort it all out for you.
Good luck, Lou x
THINGS TO DO RIGHT NOW
Advise schools/daycare/kinder of your relocation, photocopy children’s school records and carry with you for enrolment in your new location (if moving out of town).
Advise gas and electricity providers. Arrange final meter readings and disconnection of utilities and arrange for reconnection at your new address.
Advise Australia Post and arrange to have your mail redirected.
Advise telephone/internet provider and arrange final bill, disconnection of phone/internet and reconnection at your new address.
Advise your bank/building society/credit union.
Advise electoral register.
Advise hire purchase companies, and any other stores where you have accounts.
Advise your doctor, dentist, vet, solicitor and social clubs.
Advise your library, and don’t forget to return those books if moving out of town.
IMPORTANT!!! Do not pay pay to move items you no longer want. Start afresh by thoroughly checking your house, including the garage and outdoor areas for unwanted items. It's amazing the number of things you don't need and may even make money from (find out how here).
Check with the manufacturers of your major electrical goods, if there are any special requirements to consider when moving your items.
Arrange for an electrician to disconnect any special lights or fittings that you would like to take with you.
Think ahead! Here's a tip: make a detailed scaled plan of your new home. Think about the placement of your furniture now and save yourself the frustration on moving day. You'll be able to direct efficiently on the day, which is always greatly appreciated by the removal staff.
Contact removalist companies for detailed quotes and availability
7 - 14 DAYS BEFORE THE MOVE
Use up your supply of frozen food and pantry stock, as there is no sense in moving more food than you have to.
Cancel/redirect all of your delivery services such as newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
Tidy gardens, mow lawns and remove rubbish.
Clean out your medicine cabinet and dispose of unwanted/outdated medications.
Make arrangements to move your valuable documents, money and jewellery and remember anything of great value should be carefully itemised and special insurance should be taken out - if necessary.
If moving to another town collect all things from the cleaners and anything that has been in for repair. Return anything belonging to neighbours and friends and finalise outstanding invoices.
Arrange for children to stay with friends or relatives on the big moving day.
Discard all cleaning supplies and caustic materials as bottles containing liquids could damage your belongings when transported.
Make a list of items not to be moved. Allocate an area for the things that you are not going to take with you.
Re-confirm with the removalist the date and time they will be at your home
If you plan to do your own packing, we suggest that you start at least two weeks out. Make sure you identify each box carefully with labelling and nominate the room in which it should be placed.
ON MOVING DAY
Point out to the removalists what goods are to be moved in their truck.
Send someone to the new house to meet the removalist and show them exactly where furniture needs to be placed - believe me you don’t want to be shuffling heavy furniture at 10pm!
Check gas and electricity switches are off, including the main electricity switchboard.
Nothing left lying around the garden?
One last look around the house, left anything?
Lock windows and doors.
Now you can relax. Say farewell to your neighbours. You are on your way to your new home!