Moving House Checklist

I have personally lost count of how many times I have moved house in 42 years, but just over the past 17 years our little family has moved house 8 times. I think I have become quite good at moving house with things to do and not to do, but I must say that I am quite settled now and really have no intention of moving again for a LONG time.

Over these past 8 moves we have done it all from moving our own things with cars, trailers, hired a moving van and asking friends to help, to getting a company to even pack the house and move everything (mind you we did unpack ourselves so we knew where everything was).

Moving house and to what extent you get help depends on your lifestyle, the amount of time you can get off work, to your physical abilities, if you have young or older children who can help and of course your finances.

When we have moved house over the past 8 years, considering all the abovementioned here is my moving house checklist and what has worked well for our family.

Moving House Checklist

  • If your children aren’t old enough to understand moving house and/or they have been in that same house for years they may have difficulty adjusting to the idea or have a hard time “detaching” to what is familiar. I found it VERY helpful to buy a kids picture book about moving house and we read it every 2nd night for 2 weeks.
  • Packing ourselves and starting early eg. 4 weeks before moving.
  • Buy packing boxes (2nd hand boxes are usually great) from a storage company, along with packing paper and tape. Buy 1 or 2 boxes that are a “hanging wardrobe”, these are VERY handy to have.
  • Booking a moving company to move everything so that you don’t have to rely on others.
  • Hire a reputable cleaning company to do an “exit move” and make an arrangement that if you or the Real Estate (if you are moving from a Rental Property) are not happy with the clean, then they come back to fix anything.
  • Hire a professional carpet cleaning company – don’t DIY.
  • With the Cleaners don’t go with the cheapest – go with the quote in the middle. We went with the cheapest once and paid dearly in the long run.
  • Create a file for all your moving documents.
  • De-clutter as you pack. It’s just amazing how many jars in the kitchen we collect which we keep “just in case”. If you ask a company to pack your house – they pack EVERYTHING whether you de-clutter or not and you may end up with a huge unwanted pile of things when you unpack. De-clutter even the garage and garden sheds and your pantry and fridge, do you have anything in your pantry that is out of date?
  • Organise schooling early and check out the new bus transfers etc.
  • Pack lighter items (ie. Plastic ware) in the larger boxes and the heavier items (ie. Books) in smaller boxes.
  • Arrange for family, friends to mind children and pets on moving day.
  • Organise telephone, internet, gas, electricity, Foxtel connections.
  • Do not pack all your linen and towels, leave enough available to cover you til your move.
  • Prepare an ‘Essentials’ carton that contains important items such as remote controls, shelf supports, bed legs, keys, telephone charger, telephone handset, furniture assembly instructions

2 Days to moving house checklist.

  • Remember your ‘SURVIVAL’ box. Include important medications, first-aid kit, childrens’ favourite toys (especially bedtime friends), toiletries, tea, coffee, kettle, toaster, milk, snacks, baby needs, children’s sleep wear and school needs, work clothes and essentials for the following day.
  • Don’t forget the dog’s lead, pet food and bowls. Ascertain access details and key collection for your new home.

The day Before moving house checklist.

  • If scheduled, professional packers will arrive to pack up your household.
  • Make sure you leave out essential items for that evening and the following morning.
  • Defrost, empty, dry out and air your refrigerator.
  • Prepare bags / cartons with all items that you wish to transport yourselves.

Moving day checklist

  • Try to keep visitors to your new home to a minimum.
  • Transport perishable food items in a cooler box.
  • Have plan at hand for furniture placement in new home.
  • Have at hand your “SURVIVAL” box.
  • If renting, arrange for key collection.
  • Collect all car and house keys, ensure gas and electricity meters have been read and telephone disconnected.
  • Continue to check house / property for forgotten items as van is being loaded.
  • Check tops of cupboards.
  • Turn off power.
  • Lock house, remember to leave keys as specified.

Your new residence

  • If leasing, document condition of property and furnishings for the appropriate agent.
  • Try to stand at the removalist’s entry point and give clear directions as to furniture placement.
  • Check all utilities are connected, hot water service on.
  • At completion of unloading, check all is to your satisfaction.
  • Check that you have all keys and relevant instructions to your new residence.
  • Contact your new local council for garbage collection information and new resident’s folders.

Smile and say hello to your new neighbours.

Moving house can be stressful but with the help of a moving house checklist and other checklists that you can prepare along the way can make life so much easier along the way.


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