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Blog Post Tuesday 12 February 2019

Moving House Checklist: Your Guide to Moving to a New Home

Moving House Checklist: Your Guide to Moving to a New Home

Whether this is your first time moving house or you’re a seasoned home-mover, no matter your experience the process is always daunting - and let’s face it - frustrating to begin with. The great news is that it doesn’t have to be a difficult or stressful affair. Yeah, yeah; you’ve heard this before - but bear with us!

We’ve compiled your ultimate moving home guide to ensure that your move is as smooth and as easy as can be. Think of this guide as your ultimate home-moving checklist and your safeguard against an otherwise notoriously painful process.

Before the move: General tips & tricks

 

There are a few common complaints about moving house, here are some easy solutions to help.

1. Logistics (moving appliances and furniture)

Large objects such as furniture and white goods (refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, etc.) are never fun to move particularly when you have a checklist of a metre long to complete afterwards. If your new home doesn’t come already fitted with appliances or if the purchase agreement of your current home doesn’t require you to leave appliances behind, then moving your large goods is a given.

Make the entire process easier by first downloading a helpful app like MoveMatch on your phone that will take inventory of your home contents and also calculate the costs of moving. The easiest method of moving large goods and appliances is to hire a professional moving service. They don’t have to be expensive, just be sure to compare prices and stick to your given budget. Airtasker is a popular service that’s also easy on the wallet. You can easily compare and hire as many tradesmen as you need to help you move.

If hiring a professional is not an option for you, the next step is to seek out any family members or friends who can devote a weekend to helping you move and relocate your furniture and appliances. People like an incentive, so be sure to reward their generosity with a pizza lunch or cold drinks when it’s done!

2. Sorting & packing

You never quite realise how much stuff you have - and how much of it is junk - until it’s time to move. This process is probably one of the most time-consuming aspects of moving house, but with preparation, it can be done & dusted without too much fuss.

First things first; boxes. Plenty of them.

You can buy bulk cardboard packing boxes from any office supplies store at a reasonable price. Stake out your local shop for plastic containers and anything that will help turn your mess into a somewhat organized heap. If you have kids, make a fun activity out of it and encourage them to help colour code packing boxes; making unpacking easier.

Working in zones is the easiest way to do it. Start with the study and move onto the bedrooms, etc. Any items that are deemed ‘junk’ put them in a separate box to donate or sell. Always keep boxes light, wrap breakables in bubble wrap, and avoid purchasing more groceries in the lead up to moving day. An easy hack for moving clothes is to simply leave them on their hangers and cover with garbage bags to protect them. If you’re in the process of downsizing and aren’t sure how long the process of removing will take, consider renting a storage unit.

3. Redirecting mail

Something that can be easily overlooked among the checklist of things to do is redirecting your mail. The earlier you can do this the easier it will be once you relocate since it will allow you to settle in straight away and not miss out on any important correspondence that could be delayed or lost en-route to you. Arrange a change of address through Australia Post and any important institutions such as your bank and service providers.     

4. Gas & electricity

Let’s talk about gas and electricity. For most, the idea of moving house simply means packing everything in boxes and relocating to a turn-key home. Unfortunately, there are some issues to take care of and one of them is to arrange connection and disconnection of all energy services with your utility providers.

 

This is a great time to seek a more competitive energy plan for your new home to allow for a gas and electricity plan that you and your family are happy with. To make your gas and electricity work for you in your next home, start from the ground-up and invest in appliances to make your home energy efficient. Switch to LED lighting, replace your old appliances with energy-efficient ones, and before all furniture is moved inside, install a standby power switch so that you have a single point of control for all your electrical items.

 

5. Moving with pets

Believe it or not but moving house can be just as stressful for pets as it is to us humans! Pets become used to their surroundings and routine, and if this changes in any shape or form - such as the case when moving - they can become confused and distressed. It’s a good idea to leave moving their items until last, and once in the new home create a safe space for them with all their usual bedding and belongings to give them a sense of familiarity.

We created a great checklist on moving with pets to help you out.

6. Make your solar powered home work for you

If you’re moving into a home with solar panels on the roof and you’ve never had a solar-powered home before, it’s useful to become familiar with how solar panels work and to be aware of the energy it will be generating and how to read your solar power electricity bill.

 

The Countdown: 4 weeks to moving day

  • With a month before the big move, now is the time to get your affairs in order. Check out the local services in your new neighbourhood such as the local doctor’s office, vet, supermarket, and chemist. Organise a referral and transfer of medical records if you are moving to a new family doctor.
  • If you’re moving out of a rental property, make sure that you’re aware of the notice period. Depending on the circumstances you may have to give your landlord up to 28 days’ notice of your leaving.
  • Book your moving service as well as car and pet transport if needed.
  • Hire a handyman if your contract or lease requires any maintenance work prior to your move date.
  • Organize any short-term or long-term storage solutions.
  • Start decluttering, sorting, and cleaning. Have all your storage boxes ready to begin packing the contents of your home.
  • Notify your service providers and financial institutions with your change of address and visit Australia Post to have your mail redirected.

 

The Countdown: 2 weeks to moving day

  • Update your home and contents insurance. If anything happened during the move for example if a piece of furniture is dropped or a TV breaks in the process of the move, you can be covered.
  • Give your house a deep clean or hire professional cleaners for a final house cleaning. Remember to keep your electricity & gas connected until after your house has been cleaned.
  • Back up your computers and important files and documents.
  • Dispose of or sell all items you no longer need.

 

The Countdown: 1 week to moving day

  • If you’ve already received the keys to your new home, think about getting spare keys cut for emergency purposes or to give to trusted family members.
  • Return any borrowed or rented equipment once you no longer have a use for them.
  • Connect your gas, electricity, water, phone line, and internet before moving into your new home. Be aware that while you can typically set up a utilities account in the days before moving in, the internet connection may take longer especially if a technician is required.  
  • Take inventory of any items you need to purchase for the new house.
  • Defrost and clean the fridge before clearing it out along with all other white goods and furniture. Have a portable esky with ice to keep food and drinks for the last couple of days.
  • Set the essentials aside in its own storage box or an overnight carrier bag. This includes towels for showering, essential clothing, remotes, keys, chargers, and bedding.

 

The Countdown: The day before moving into your new home

  • Today is the day for all items to be vacated. Your removalists should be there to help relocate all remaining contents.
  • If possible, organize temporary accommodation at a hotel or family member’s home to stay the night. This will be helpful if your utilities have been disconnected or transferred and will ensure a good night’s rest and easy move in the morning.
  • Provide removalists with a floor plan of your new home and organize parking and address information for them.

On the day, ensure that all items are checked off as they exit the moving van and direct removalists to where you’d like your furniture. Check that all utilities are connected and are working. Assemble beds and essentials first and take care of the details later. Finally - smile and say hello to your new home and neighbourhood!

Ready to move without the hassle?

Take the hassle out of moving home by giving yourself a checklist of manageable tasks to complete and tick off with each week prior to the moving date. Remember to enlist help from family, friends, and professionals to make it go as smoothly as possible. And, for the hassle-free transfer of your energy services get in touch with Click Energy and let us ensure that your account is finalised at your old address and set up for your new address.