Your moving checklist

Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re getting ready to move into your brand new dream, which is incredibly exciting! However, it can be a little stressful if you’re not properly organised. Luckily for you we’ve compiled a checklist to ensure you’ll have the smoothest move possible.

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4-6 weeks before your move

• Book a removalist
You should start to think about how you’re going to move. Will you be using removalists, or will you be lucky enough to have family and friends help you with the heavy lifting? Whoever you use, get a few different quotes, and book your preferred supplier early. If you’ll be undertaking the move with the help of your friends and family, you’ll need to figure out what size truck you will need to hire, and who to hire it from. You should also think about whether you have any large pieces that may be difficult to move or get into your new home, especially if it has multiple storeys.

• Redirect your mail
Do yourself and your old home’s future inhabitants a favour by making arrangements to have your mail redirected from the date you move. Advise your friends and the organisations you deal with about your upcoming change of address. If you need a hand, Australia Post can help you with this.

• Packing
Before you even start to pack, throw out items you don’t really need and donate anything in good nick to charity. Once you start packing, keep a list of what’s been packed and mark your boxes clearly with either the contents or the room to make it easier to unpack at the other end. Set aside the box containing all of your important papers and valuables and transport it with you instead of in the van. Another useful packing tip is to make a list of things you’ll need the day before and on moving day, so you don’t pack them by accident.

• Other things to consider
Now is a good time to start using up food in your freezer as it will probably go to waste in the moving process. If you have some very valuable items, check your insurance policy to see if it covers the move. It’s also a good time to start thinking about arranging your internet service in your new home, as this can sometimes take a few weeks to set up.

2 weeks before the move

• Utilities
With two weeks to go, it’s time to organise the important everyday things like your utilities and connections. You’ll need to organise the disconnection and reconnection of your electricity, gas, telephone, pay TV and water. You should be able to do most of this online or over the phone directly through the providers. If you have any subscriptions that you’d like to continue, make sure you provide your new address. If you have any library books or DVDs on loan, you’ll want to make sure these are returned so they don’t accidentally get packed and end up at your new location, landing you with a nasty overdue fine. Ideally, by now you should have packed all of the non-essentials that you don’t use every day.

• Cleaning
Leave your old home clean and tidy. If it’s in the budget and you’re pushed for time, book professional cleaners to come in as soon as the removalists have everything out of the home to spruce up the space for the next tenants. If you’re renting, arrange for carpet cleaners, pest controllers and any other necessary services to ensure you get your bond back.

The day before

• Necessities
On the day before, confirm the key collection arrangements for both moving in and moving out. Pack a small box of necessities for the first day and night in your new home, such as toiletries, medicines, towels, a change of clothes, your pyjamas and some toilet paper. Also, pack a box of essentials for the kitchen, just to get you started. Do a final check of the storage areas and the top of any high cupboards. You’d be surprised what people leave behind!

Moving day

• It’s time to move!
Check off all your furniture and boxes as they go into the truck. Turn off the electricity at the meter and check that all the doors and windows are securely locked. As you leave your old place, take a photo, reach for a tissue, and smile! You’re off to your beautiful new Shavida home.