House Moving Tips To Save Your Time and Money

Written by Christina & reviewed by Shveta
Are you looking for house moving tips to move everything without breaking your bank?

Moving can be the biggest household task and the thought of it makes people overwhelm.

Whether you are downsizing or upsizing, usually we keep on moving house several times. With the tips discussed here, you can get a head start to make the mammoth process simple.

So let’s get started with the tips when moving house to help you avoid moving day chaos.

Four weeks Before Move

You should start packing the non-day-to-day items to reduce your workload when your moving date arrives. Moving a whole house inventory is tough, you will thank yourself later for being organized.

  • Fix a firm date of your move.
  • Estimate the total volume of items you wish to move. You may use our Volume Calculator to get an estimate.
  • Arrange a Removalist – call 1300907911 / 03 9020 4999 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

These are the days when you need to perform your important moving steps.

  • 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 a 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.
  • If you have pets, organize care for them during the 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 of it. Empty your freezer and pantry. Defrost the freezer before moving it.

One Week Before Move

By this time you should be checking if most of your work is done or not.

  • 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 labelled 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 Your Moving Day

  • Start to pack items you will need in first few hours in your new home – This may include tea or coffee, biscuits 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 the 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 the 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 to your new home with you.
  • Make sure you Keep all your valuables, 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 are 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 to 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 a new address.
  • If you are satisfied with the services of removalist, refer them to your friends and families.

Hope the above tips on moving house will help you to move successfully.

To assist you further, we have an interstate moving cost calculator to give you an idea about the cost when moving interstate.

Our professional movers are always there to serve you and will do the work for you without you worrying about it.

General Questions Answered Related to Moving

Q1) How do I move out fast?

So the faster you can finish packing, the sooner you can move out to your apartment.

  • The first thing to do is start packing and moving your boxes early.
  • Make a plan for the moving process to go quickly.
  • Gather different size boxes and packing tape to avoid unnecessary trips to the store.
  • Select a specific packing station to make the process run smoothly.
  • Ask your family and friend for help to decrease your move time.

Q2) How can I make moving out easier?

  • Pack the items of your need in a clear plastic bin.
  • Pack an overnight bag having all the essentials.
  • Make a plan for furniture.
  • Pack everything systematically with labelling which room they will be going into.
  • Show up to your new home prior and pre-clean the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Arrange professional movers.
  • Pick the right vehicle as you don’t want your valuable belongings to get damage nor you want to break the budget.
  • Keep your movers on loop, inform them about the fragile, overweight, expensive items.
  • Notify your important utility providers in advance.

Q3) How do you pack a house before moving?

Packing is not easy as it may seem, but luckily there are some tips on moving house to help you make your moving process go smooth and streamlines. These house moving tips when packing will help you keep your fragile valuable safe without costing much.

  • Wrap your breakable items like glasses, dishes, etc. in clothing if you don’t have bubble wrap.
  • You can use clean socks when you need extra padding on your glasses and stemware.
  • Keep extra cotton ball or pad in your powder cosmetics.
  • Cover your toiletries with saran wrap.
  • Keep small parts of curtain rods or TVs in sandwich bags.
  • Beer boxes can be used for books.
  • Cut down on packing boxes by using laundry bins, baskets, suitcases, and hampers work for you.
  • Wrap each glass separately before putting them into boxes.
  • Wrap your artwork and mirrors in a blanket.

Q4) What is the best way to pack when moving house?

People usually wonder about how to start with the packing process. Here are moving house tips to keep your process hassle-free.

  • Collect packing supplies like padding, bubble wraps, wrapping sheets, scissors, labelling stickers, heavy-duty packaging tape, marking pens, and moving boxes of different sizes in advance.
  • Make a “Moving File” having important paperwork that you can refer to throughout your move.
  • Pack a suitcase for each member. This suitcase should have basic requirements like toothbrush, towel, washed clothes etc.
  • Remember every item that took you a lot of time while setting up when the newly arrived. Take a picture of those items to save your time while unpacking.
  • Pack everything together that belongs to the same room.
  • Keep your clothes on hangers for faster unpacking.
  • In case you have a lot of fragile items, go for hiring movers. They will be worth the price.

Q5) How do I unpack after moving?

By keeping your unpacking process well-organized, you can cut your time into half. Here are a few tips on how to start with the process.

  • The primary tip for unpacking efficient is packing in a systematic way.
  • Share your plan with Removalist so they can put the items at right places when unloading.
  • Begin with necessary item carton to run through your day.
  • Start your unpacking process with the bedroom, followed by kitchen, bathroom, living room and finally the utility area

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Christina, a highly productive writer with a half-decade of experience in the realms of moving, transportation, and logistics, stands out for her ability to create content that goes beyond mere information—it genuinely helps! Her writing not only delves into the complexities of the industry but also serves as a valuable resource for readers seeking accurate and insightful perspectives. With a commitment to staying current on industry trends, her versatile portfolio includes blog posts, articles, and technical guides, showcasing a passion for bringing the dynamic world of logistics to life through words.

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