Moving your home can be challenging, but with careful planning it is easier on everyone involved.
Are you getting ready for a residential move and wondering how you’ll manage it effectively?
Whether you’re moving as a single, part of a couple, or an entire family (with or without pets), making a residential move that’s pleasant and effortless is possible.
To help you move your home as worry free as can be, we have created an easy to follow moving home checklist.
Our list gives you a three-month prep timeline, if you have a shorter timespan before the move, simply consolidate some of your moving efforts until you are on track with the timetable.
Three Months Before Your Move
- Start your initial planning so that your actual moving date falls outside of peak season, if possible. Movers are often booked solid during late spring, summer and dates surrounding school holidays.
- Make a mental list of items that will need to be moved. What has to be packed, wrapped with packing materials, or be given away?
- Consider having a yard sale, selling some items online, or donating items if there are things that you won’t need in your new location.
Two Months Before Your Move
- Contact businesses and organisations you use (schools, doctors, insurance companies, accountants) to get copies of your important records.
- Begin interviewing movers and getting price comparisons.
One Month Before Your Move
- Book a Removalist. Order boxes and moving supplies that you need. Your removalist should be able to help you determine what will be required. You may need to pick these up from the company. At Crichton Removals, we offer to deliver your packaging materials well prior to the move date, as often, all materials won’t fit into standard cars.
- Submit a Change of Address with Australia Post.
- Create an inventory list of all items that need to be moved or stored. Listing any items destined for separate destinations clearly. Include photographs of any “odd” items.
- Change your address with service providers. Such as disconnect & connect services (utilities – electricity, gas, etc., newspaper, magazines).
- Find out if/to what level your home & contents insurance covers you for relocating. Discuss with your movers what is & is not covered (by them) for your move & whether you will need to purchase extra for yourself.
- Secure childcare or pet care on moving day, if needed. Allowing yourself time to unpack some basics BEFORE children or pets arrive home.
- Begin packing some items that you won’t need until after your move. Eg. Linen, Garage items, some pots/pans, summer/winter clothes, books, dvd’s, etc.
Two Weeks Before Your Move
- Cull items that cannot be donated and that you don’t need.. Try timing this to fit in with your (waste/recycling) rubbish collection day at least 2 weeks prior to the move, trust us, it helps.
- Make sure everyone has the proper amount of medications to last through the move. keeping these items in a special box or bag that won’t be packed leading up to move day.
- Contact your building manager to make sure you have elevator or gate access on moving day. Understand where the loading bays/parking spaces are and where the Removalist Truck will be parking on the day, discuss this with your Removalist.
One Week Before Your Move
- Organise and book cleaners, gardeners etc. to arrive after the Removalists have finished. People renting will need to get carpets steamed clean, etc.
- Pay all bills that are coming due.
- Start prepacking the entire home, boxing items room-by-room and labelling the contents clearly. This will help (a lot) upon un-packing!
- Seek out an appropriate space for the moving truck. You may need to measure driveways or cut trees for the truck access. Let your neighbours know if you will be restricting their access on moving day.
- Prepare indoor and outdoor appliances for the move (disconnect or drain washers and dryers, lawnmowers, gas blowers). Removalists cannot travel with fuel, gas bottles etc. so make sure you make alternative arrangements for their transport.
- Pack an overnight bag for your first night in your new home (include sleep wear, a change of clothes, toothbrush, toiletries, toilet paper, bottled water, medications, snacks, toys, and important papers).
- Confirm childcare or pet care for moving day.
- Get cash or a bank check for your removalists, if needed.
- Think about where items will be placed in your new home. Making a site plan/blue print of rooms and items for your removalists will ensure a speedy delivery.
One Day Before Moving
- Check each room for items you may have missed. Eg. Paintings, ornaments, night lights, double adaptors etc. Check drawers, cabinets and other storage places for any items left in them.
- Make sure your Removalists have your correct address and mobile phone number. Run through any details & finalise arrival times.
- Get some rest!
- Examine every room in your home to make sure everything is packed. Walk around your home with a box and bin bag to pack or throw out the last of your remaining effects.
- Make sure elevators and gates are ready for your movers.
- Record utility meter readings to compare with your closing bills.
- Relax and stay flexible. Get ready for a fantastic new life in your new home!
By using this residential moving home checklist we anticipate you’ll have a pleasant and enjoyable move. If you need any other assistance with your move, feel free to give us a call!