Your rental application has been approved… Great! The hard part’s over. Or is it? Moving into a new rental property can be a monumental task, particularly if you're underprepared. Knowing what to do, and the best order to do it in will help ensure a smooth and comfortable transition to your new home. We’ve prepared a handy checklist of things to do once you’ve been approved for your new rental.
Two months before moving
Two months might seem early to start preparing, but time will fly as moving day approaches. If you are planning your move in advance, make your life easier by taking care of these essential tasks sooner rather than later.
- Decide if you need a moving company - Some of us prefer to take care of the move ourselves, but for the majority, a moving company is going to be a better option. Professional movers usually don’t break the bank, and at the end of the day, it’s peace of mind that lets you manage the move, rather than sweat the small stuff.
- Schedule repairs - If there’s obvious repairs needed around your current rental you’ll be better off scheduling them now, rather than later. Just make sure you check with your current estate agent. It will be easier (and cheaper) to find a tradesman to get in and do the job soon.
- Setup mail forwarding - Australia Post can help you redirect your mail on a chosen date.
One month before the move
The clock’s ticking. Here’s a few things you can do in the month leading up to the move.
- Find out where the powerpoints are - You might need to go through the property and make a floorplan yourself if the estate agent can’t find it for you. Either way, you should end up with a handy floorplan on your new place that can be used for planning layout and move order.
- Plan where everything goes - You already know what you’ll be moving into your new rental, so use the floor plan to coordinate interior design, furniture placement and how you’ll connect up whitegoods and electronics to power points. Don’t forget to consider factors like glare from East-West sunlight on your TV and computer screen.
- Connect up your utilities - Electricity, water, phone, internet and gas can all be prepped so you’re not going without on the big day. If you’re with Click Energy, you can take us with you by filling out a simple form online.
- Transfer account information - Internet, pay TV, grocery delivery services etc. should all be redirected as soon as it’s prudent to do so.
- Update tag information for your pet - If you’re taking an animal with you, update their tag with your new address.
- Organise any insurance you might need - Including contents insurance.
What to remember while packing
When it comes to packing up your personal belongings for the big move, there’s a couple of things you’ll want to remember so you don’t have to go back through boxes before you’re into the new place.
- Get rid of the junk - Moving home is the perfect opportunity to declutter your life and destress your move. Have a garage sale, donate unwanted items and recycle rubbish. You’ll not only make the move easier, but there will be plenty of space in your new home. Everyone deserves a fresh start!
- Label the boxes in detail - We’re talking really label the boxes. Don’t just write ‘Books’ and ‘Clothes’. Itemise what’s in the box, indicate the room in the new house in which it belongs, and whether the contents are fragile and need extra care.
- Disassemble furniture - Large items like desks, tables and other furniture can often be disassembled. Take the time to make these unwieldy, heavier items into smaller, easier to transport components. If you don’t have instructions on hand on how to reassemble, take photos or notes as you go and then just do them in reverse when you need to put it back together again.
Don’t forget your survival bag
In the stress and rush of packing up the house, it’s easy to forget that you need access to all the basics. Make sure you know where to find essential items like toothbrush and toothpaste, fresh clothes and undergarments, extra cash and anything you might need on hand in the days leading up to and after the move. Think about what you’d pack on a weekend away and you’re on the right track.
Day before the move
Time’s almost up. Here’s what you can do a day or two before the move to keep things running smoothly:
- Confirm time and date with movers.
- Contact real estate agent and confirm the house is clean and previous tenants are out.
- Finish any cleaning you need to do around your current home.
Things to do on moving day
Today’s the big day. If there’s one thing we know for sure, even the best laid plans can come undone in the chaos of moving day, and that’s why it pays to have a checklist of things to do on the day.
- Conduct a thorough inspection of your old property - Make sure you haven’t left anything behind.
- Complete the condition report on your new property - Don’t delay it! This can be vital in any disputes down the track.
- Change the locks - You don’t know who still might have a key. Check with your estate agent before doing this.
- Replace the toilet seat - You can ask your estate agent to do this for you or give you permission to do it yourself.
Follow this handy checklist and the move to your new rental should be smooth and worry-free!