The Complete Moving Checklist!
Moving can be a source of high stress.
Prepare for this by using our moving checklist
beforehand. We have tried to devise our moving list according to the times and tasks required to move.
to keep calm! It’ll all be worth it in the end!
Moving Checklist Tips
If you are moving overseas, plan this well
in advance. Shipping can take 6 weeks or longer. You may also want to consider
setting up a bank account in your new country if you can.
- Keep all important paperwork and electronic documents (eg.
legal, medical, insurance) separate and on your person instead of packing
it away. Think about using a computer backup hardware device.
- Make copies of all important documents.
- Consider sending important documents to the new address by
registered mail a day or so before moving.
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Full Moving Checklist Planner
…TWO MONTHS TO GO
Make a List
Make a moving checklist of expected items that will be included in the
move. (You will see later how much extra you have added to the list!)
Make arrangements for pets, plants or any items that require
specific moving arrangements. Specialized movers can take longer than standard moving companies.
Start to clear out, sell, throw away items that are no longer needed
Get quotes from 3 different companies. Do a
background check for reputation
References and the Better Business Bureau are ways of doing this.
Check to see that they belong to a
regulatory body/organisation. This will allow for some recourse if there are
A reputable company should be able to provide you with a ‘Your
Right’s and Responsibilities’ list.
Investigate additional insurance. Home insurance usually does not
Start to collect packing material: boxes, masking tape, rope,
newspapers, garbage bags, labels, bubble wrap and markers.
Assess the costs involved and make a budget. Things to look out for:
Change of Address Costs
…ONE MONTH TO
Change of Address
Make a moving checklist of and
then inform the relevant authorities of change of address.
Begin to Pack
Start your Inventory Moving Checklist of all items to pack. (Ask the moving company for a copy of their
Inventory List. This will help ensure that your information correlates on the
day of the move. Also refer to your moving checklist of the previous month.)
Begin packing items that won’t be used
before the move. Try to take pictures or video tape your belongings. Record
serial numbers of electronic equipment.
New Home Services
Try to arrange for as many services as
possible in your new home eg digital tv, phone number.
Hire a Moving Company
Call the moving company to reserve them for the day of the move.
Rope in volunteers to help on the day of the move.
Make sure you know your destination address and make arrangements to
get there. Eg. Air tickets, rail
Check that all the house documents are in
order for the old and new house.
If renting out the old house, check with
the bank that your mortgage covers letting. Arrange for a letting agent or
start advertising the property yourself.
See Change of Address.
…A WEEK OR 2
Change of Address
Continue with advising companies of your
change of address.
Finish packing using your moving checklist.
Pack a separate box/bag with items that should be easily accessible
on the first day or two in the new house.
Pack carefully for babies.
Appliances: defrost the freezer and refrigerator. Empty all water
out of the washing machine and dishwasher.
Cancel services, where appropriate, for the
old house. Check with the new occupants if they will require an account
transfer for gas, electric, water, satellite, newspaper, telephone or trash
removal services of your move. Sign up for services at your new address.
Confirm Moving Dates
Confirm that the moving company is still
arriving on the agreed date.
Confirm with the volunteers that they are
still available to help. (Excuses somehow appear as the time gets closer!)
Advise neighbours of the moving date and
apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Arrange for funds/currency to be made
available from your bank account if moving overseas.
Ensure all direct debits that need to be
changed/cancelled have been taken care of.
Cancel all subscriptions or transfer to the
Finish all remaining foodstuff that has not be packed away. Consider
takeaways for the next few days!
Put together a document detailing the location and map of the house
and state of the neighbourhood. Add pictures if you can.
Give the document to a close friend or relative.
…A DAY (OR SO)
Make a Move
Make sure all your moving checklist assistance
materials (ie. tape measure, scissors, packing boxes, masking tape and markers)
are readily available.
Ensure that you have enough cash on hand to
pay for all incidentals on the day. You might consider things like paying the
movers, food, tips, etc.
Final Run Through
Run through the house after the goods have
been moved and check that you have taken all items that weren’t packed. Things
like lights and telephones are commonly not packed until after the move.
Collect any valuables from your
Confirm the arrival time of the moving
company or the time that you can pick-up your self-move vehicle. Also, check
that you have enough petrol in your car.
Confirm all travel reservations if the move
is long distance.
Confirm that your ‘New Neighbourhood’ document is still with your
friend/relative in case there are complications.
Be prepared for a long and tiring day! L
Don’t worry, it’ll all be worth it in the end! J
Move with the Movers
Be friendly when the movers arrive. You want them on your side as
they are handling all your precious goods!
Fill out your own inventory moving checklist and make sure that their list looks
the same as yours (see Begin to Pack above).
Check to see everything is loaded onto the truck.
Only sign off the papers when you are happy that all is in order.
Go through the house one last time
(everywhere) and make sure everything that has to go has been taken.
On your Person
Check that you have all your important items with you before leaving.
The Day After…
- Keep all moving receipts as they might be tax deductible.
- Renew your driver's license and vehicle registration.
- Confirm all your policy and subscription changes have taken
- Spend some time familiarising yourself with the new
neighbourhood. Look out for where the hospital, police station, doctor and
fire station is located near your new home.
- Check that there are no damages.
- Cross off your inventory moving
checklist to make sure all boxes have arrived.
- Claim from insurance if the damages are large.
Please remember, the site is a guideline to better organisation.
Everyone is different and therefore you are welcome to add or leave out what
you feel is necessary or irrelevant! Better yet, Contact Us with your
ideas and comments.
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