House Moving Tips

Fours weeks before move

  • Fix a firm date of your move.
  • Estimate total volume of items you wish to move. You may use our Volume Calculator to get an estimate.
  • Arrange a Removalist – call 1300907911 / 0433922307 to book in advance.
  • If you require storage, arrange it now!
  • Arrange transit and/or storage insurance for your belongings.
  • Arrange your travel plans for moving day – if you’re moving long distance, you may need to book a hotel or other accommodation.
  • If required, book time off work.
  • Arrange moving materials such as boxes, packing tape, rope, newspapers (for wrapping) and marking pens.
  • Make a list of incoming mail and start notifying businesses and suppliers of your change of address

Two weeks before move

  • Start packing with items and clothing which are least important. Make a list of items packed on the outside of the box.
  • Notify utility companies (electricity, gas, water, TV, telephone & internet) to arrange a date and time for disconnection of services where necessary and resumption at new property.
  • If you require storage, arrange it now!
  • Arrange transit and/or storage insurance for your belongings.
  • Arrange your travel plans for moving day – if you’re moving long distance, you may need to book a hotel or other accommodation.
  • Arrange for someone to look after kids on the moving day.
  • Check and update insurance policies.
  • Prepare a list of the items you want the removalist to move and any items you will be moving yourself.
  • If you have pets, organize care for them during moving day and make necessary pet transport arrangements – ensure your pets have tags with your mobile or new phone number on them. You may need to use the services of cat boarding facilities or kennels.
  • Clean your home!
  • Start redirection of your mail with Australia Post. You can do this online at the Australia Post website.
  • If there is any hazardous waste start to dispose it. Empty your freezer and pantry. Defrost the freezer before moving it.

One week before move

  • Pay your outstanding bills.
  • Terminate services such as mowing service, newspapers and other home delivery services.
  • Ensure arrangement with utility companies.
  • Keep all your important documents such as passports, driver’s licence in a safe place.
  • Keep all your moving related documents together.
  • Complete your packing – ensure that all boxes are correctly labeled with contents and rooms.
  • Return all library books and DVDs and pick up dry cleaning (if any).
  • At the time of packing your items, if you are left with piles of rubbish, take it to the nearest tip or a transfer station (Or ask Move My Stuff to do it for you).
  • Ensure the packing of your computer (if you can do without it for that long!). Keep all cords and accessories together. Pack it in the original box, if possible, otherwise wrap in blankets and transport it carefully.

One the moving day

  • Start to pack items you will need in first few hours in your new home – This may include tea or coffee, biscuts or snacks, kettle, mugs and teaspoons, water bottle, snacks, milk, small first aid kit, toilet paper, a torch, spare light bulbs, paper towels and cleaning materials.
  • Ensure the cleanliness of the house. You will be busy at this time so you can hire a cleaner to finish the scrubbing and vacuuming for you.
  • Beds and linen should be kept in a separate box that travels with you so you can use them on the first night.
  • Ensure non-functioning of remaining appliances.
  • Just check your house on one final time as the removalists are loading your boxes.
  • Arrange the final payment ready for your removalist.
  • Make sure that you read the removalist document thoroughly before signing and save it for future reference.
  • Just be there in home until the last item is packed and make an inspection of the vehicle to check all your goods are loaded.
  • Try to close and lock all the doors and windows.
  • Don’t forget to have the keys of your new home with you.
  • Make sure you Keep all your valuable, personal items and important papers with you so they don’t get lost.

At your new home

  • Cross check all items during unloading and unpacking – ensure that no items is damaged or lost during the move.
  • Ensure the utilities (electricity/gas/phone) have been switched on – in case of failure, contact the suppliers.
  • Work right from the essentials such as making the beds and cleaning the kitchen for use. It may be possible that you require the help of professionals for carpet cleaning or window washing.
  • Try to Keep the pets away until you are moved in.
  • Check out which day is your garbage and recycling collection day.
  • Search out for all your local parks, shops, sports centre and swimming pools.
  • Get the registration done at the local library.
  • Try to familiarize your pets to the new area as quickly as possible so they don’t try to find their old place. Where is the closest off-leash area?
  • Try to find new routes to go places from your new home – you will definitely find some handy shortcuts.
  • If you are going to live as a tenant, tell the landlord about any appliances that aren’t working or any defects in your new property and check what you are allowed to do.
  • Update your driver’s license and/or car registration with new address.
  • If you are satisfied with the services of removalist, refer them to your friends and families.