Home Buyers' Resources
Check the date your new home will be vacated by the previous
owner or tenant on the date you expect to move in
Planning the move
- Start collecting strong cartons of various shapes and
sizes. Don't scrimp on flimsy boxes as they could crush,
damaging your contents.
- Buy packing tape, felt tip markers, tissue paper, bubblewrap
- and save the newspapers!
- Keep 2 or 3 boxes set up aside to start the process
Six Weeks Before the Move
- Start a "Moving File" to keep quotes, bills and this
- Make an inventory of all of the items you want to move
to assist with quotes
- Get quotes from several furniture
removal companies, make your choice and book the date. Get
confirmation in writing. Check if they will take house plants
and if not, make alternative arrangements.
- Start going through your cupboards and throw out what
you no longer want to keep - it costs money to move it!
- While going through the cupboards, start packing items
you don't use very often that you won't need until after
- If you want to sell unwanted items, put them aside in
a designated spot
- If moving yourself, check out rental truck prices and
book your moving truck.
Four Weeks Before the Move
- Start making enquiries and arrangements for your children
on the day of move - it is difficult to keep an eye on small
children who may also feel insecure
- Make arrangements about pet care on the day of the move
- Place your smaller valuables somewhere safe for example,
into a bank safety deposit box to prevent loss during the
disruption (e.g. garage sales, the packing process)
- Start a separate carton marked "Documents" to keep important
documents with you such as personal documents (passports,
birth certificates), insurance documents, spare keys, etc.
and mark clearly "do not load" and keep in a safe place.
- Larger valuables such as antiques, art and collectables
should be appraised for insurance purposes during transport;
contact your insurer to discuss to see if they will cover
insurance during transport and notify them of the date and
the new address of your contents. Most removal companies
are able to provide removal insurance.
- Start using foods and perishables that can't be taken
- If renting, don't forget to give your landlord notice!
Don't forget to allow for time to clean after the move.
- Have that garage sale! If you can't take your plants
with you, put them in the garage sale. If you have unsold
items, contact your 2nd hand furniture store or advertise
items in the newspaper on on the internet, or organise collection
by your local charity. Smaller items and clothes can be
placed in local brotherhood bins or you can take them directly
to your local opportunity shop.
Two Weeks Before the Move
- Utilise AusPost Moving Services - go to www.movepost.com.au
which has a wealth of information and services to assit
- Get Auspost Change of Address Movers Kit
- Organise mail redirection or hold mail service
- Use Auspost addess notification to nominated organisations
including some financial and superannuation institutions,
health funds, insurance companies
- Use Auspost e-postcards to notify friends and family
of your new address
- Organise disconnection and reconnection of your utilities
- or use Auspost service to advise utility companies
- Notify your newsagent to stop or redirect delivery of
newspapers, magazines to your new address
- Notify your bank, credit providers, health fund and others
of your new address
- Cancel any other regular services, such as lawn mowing
- Start another separate carton for "moving essentials"
which contains screwdrivers, allen keys, spanners, torchlight),
spare keys, an emergency medical kit - Panadol, bandaids,
note paper and pen and keep
- Arrange for cleaners to come in after the removal, if
you are not going to do it yourself.
One Week Before the Move
- Check that your electricity and
gas companies have your move date on record to disconnect
at your current address and reconnect at the new address.
Ask them when they will do a final meter reading.
- Check that your phone company
has the change-over organised and that your phone will be
disconnected on the date you nominate. Make a note of the
new telephone number, if you are not able to keep the same
- Defrost the freezer and clear
out food you won't use before your move.
- Pack a carton or suitcase for
each member of the family for essentials such as toiletries,
pyjamas, change of clothes. Be sure to include your child's
favourite toy and something to keep them occupied, such
as puzzles or games. Mark clearly if these are to go with
you, or mark the box "Load Last".
- Check the arrangements made for
the children and pets.
- Remove valuables from the safe
deposit box if you are moving away from your area so they
are not left behind.
The day before the move
- Complete packing (removalists will send packers the day
before). Alert the packers to any special needs such as
- Confirm the time the removalists
are expected, or confirm your rental truck if you are doing
- If you are doing it yourself, start to get organised
by dismantling furniture
- Defrost fridge and clean out. Disconnect other appliances
that you will be taking with you, such as washing machines,
- Empty the fuel out of your lawnmower
- Take your pet(s) to their arranged carer
- Set aside your moving file, documents carton and moving
essentials carton and any other items that will travel with
you, such as your personal items and toiletries.
- Pack an "Essentials" carton for items that you will need
immediately: kettle, a few plates, cups, cutlery, can opener,
bottle opener, minimum cooking utensils, paper towels, dishwashing
liquid, bath towels. Mark the box "load last" so that these
essentials will be conveniently available to you on arrival.
- Check that the cleaning contractors know the time they
will be expected
On Moving Day
- Set aside the whole day to be with the removalists, until
they have gone
- When everything is loaded on the truck, make a final
inspection throughout the home, checking closets (especially
top shelves), drawers and behind doors to make sure nothing
is left behind.
- Check the removalists consignment note has the correct
delivery address. Make sure the driver has your mobile phone
number and other contact numbers. And check that all items
are listed and the number of cartons are correct, before
- Take a note of the meter readings of your gas and electricity
utilities and keep in your moving file.
- Lock all the doors and windows.
- Leave keys with the agent looking after the property.
- Turn off the gas and electricity.
After You Arrive
- Check that gas, electricity and phone utilities are connected.
Make sure the pilot light on stove and hot water heater
is on, if gas appliances.
- Visit the RTA to notify them of your new address (you
have 2 weeks)
- Advise your local electorate of your new address
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