Including a printable PDF version to ensure your move is smooth
All of us are likely to move to a new house at least once during our lifetime. When we do, we’ll quickly realise how stressful this can be. We’ve compiled this simple moving house checklist to help make the entire process a little bit easier for you.
First of all, you’re going to need to think about whether to use a removal company or simply move yourself. If you are doing things on your own, you’re still going to need some assistance, so enlisting the help of family and friends is a good idea.
If you are moving long distance, it requires more planning and checking in with interstate removalists about the move. When you know where your new home will be, consider the entryways. Will it be easy or hard to move your furniture in? Is the home a ground floor property or higher up in an apartment?
Also, think about the costs involved, as well as how much time you have. If you don’t have much time, a removal company will be your best bet and decrease the stress of moving. If you’ve got a stricter budget, however, make sure you shop for a cheaper company or do it yourself. If you do go it alone, remember that you’ll still need a trailer or truck, unless you ask friends to help you.
People often forget to change their address, which can cause issues down the line. A month or more before moving, start this process. Use the Australia Post redirection service if it does get too late to change it on your own.
Who will need your address? See below for a quick view:
Check the complete moving house checklist for change of address.
When packing you’ll need:
Always aim to start early and move systematically through the house. Start in rooms you don’t use as much and list what is inside each carton or box you fill. Number them as well.
Place cushioning in each box for protection, and wrap delicate items individually. Heavy items should go inside smaller boxes or in the bottom of larger ones. Load essential items into the van last, so they can be accessed immediately upon arrival.
Start early! Packing isn’t the nicest activity, so give yourself plenty of time in advance
Where to start: pack away the items you don’t need first so you can then focus on the things you do need
Be organised: it will save you space, time and your money
Put loose items together in boxes
Dismantle beds/cots/anything that can be undone
Label boxes clearly so you know what’s what
Fragile items: always put extra care – bubble wrap, bubble wrap, bubble wrap!
Sharp items: wrap them well, you don’t want any injuries or damaged items
Heavy items: pack in small boxes – a huge box of heavy items is a pain to move
Light items: pack in big boxes and get them out of the way ASAP
Unwanted items: why not donate them to charity? You may not need them but someone out there might!
This is what to do with four weeks to go:
With three weeks to go:
With two weeks to go:
With one week left:
Finally, it’s here!
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