Moving House Checklist & Survival Guide

September 19, 2018


Not sure you are going to survive your move? You’re not alone. Moving house is stressful for everyone, which is why we’ve created this helpful moving house checklist and survival guide.

With the right preparation and mindset, you can make the process go as smoothly as possible.

Before-the-Move Checklist

Let’s face it. There’s a lot of work involved in the build-up to the move. From packing your belongings to switching utility providers, you’ll have a hefty moving house to-do list.

Combine this with your family and work responsibilities, and it can feel like moving into your new home has become mission impossible. In fact, for some, the hassle of moving is reason enough to stay put. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2014, of the households who don’t move but want to, 19% choose not to move simply because of the effort involved.

The trick is to compartmentalise your moving house checklist into digestible chunks. Then, tackle one task at a time until all your pre-move work is done.

Children and pets: If you are moving to a new location and have children or pets, you’ll need to set up new doctors, dentists, vets, child care, and more. Ask your current providers for referrals. Have them send relevant records before you move so everything is ready. Also, make sure to make arrangements for your little ones’ care on moving day, including the furry friends, so you can focus on the move.

Set up your utilities: You’ll need to contact your energy provider to let them know when you are moving out and when to connect service to your new home. For the internet, make sure you call your service provider weeks in advance to book a day for them to set up your service. If you wait and they are too busy, you could end up being without internet in your new home for a few days.

Book your removalists: Once you know your moving date, book your removalists, if you are using them. You don’t want to wait too long and find out they aren’t available on the day you want to move.

Update your address: Make a list of all the businesses and government agencies for whom you need to update your address, such as insurance providers, banks, magazine subscriptions, and the Australian Taxation Office. Change your address with the post office ahead of time as well so you don’t miss any of your mail when you move.

Follow your packing plan: You’ll want to start packing weeks before moving day. Pack the items you don’t regularly use early on and everything else close to moving day. Label or colour code each box according to the room the contents belong in. It’s a good idea to create a first-day necessities box so you don’t end up digging through boxes to find your toothbrush on your first night in your new home.

Have your house cleaned: Your home’s previous owners will likely have had the property cleaned. But, this may not have been a recent cleaning. It’s a good idea to hire professional cleaners for your new home yourself too. You’ll appreciate opening the doors to a freshly cleaned house on moving day.

Unpacking Tips

Once you have everything in your new home, another huge task awaits. In order to survive the unpacking process, use these tips:

  • Start and finish one room at a time. That way, when one room is done you’ll have a clear, open space.
  • Plan out your home’s design and layout before you start moving things around.
  • Have a designated box filled with cleaning supplies and tools you may need for unpacking – paper towels, dust cloths, as well as screws and a screwdriver for putting your dismantled furniture back together.
  • Order out. Don’t try to cook a nice meal when you’re knee deep in boxes. Order your meals for a night or two and have the fridge packed with plenty of quick, healthy snacks so you can stay energised.

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Moving House Costs

Did you know the costs of moving house can easily total $3,000 or more?

To help manage your move, take a look at these potential moving costs so you know what to have your budget ready for – and what you may be able to do to save money.

  • Removalists: This is the biggest expense and often the most necessary. To save on costs, consider doing the actual packing and unpacking yourself rather than buying their full services.
  • Cleaning costs: You’ll have to have your current property professionally cleaned. Compare providers to try and get the best price.
  • Boxes: If you are packing on your own, you will have to buy boxes. To save money, try to use recycled boxes. Anytime you end up with a box from a purchase in the months leading up to your move, save it for packing!

You also want to factor in the time you’ll have to take off from work. According to ING’s Cost of Moving Home Report, 59% of movers have to take 3.5 days off from work to move. If you can convince your friends or family to help – and speed up the process – you’ll save some of this lost work time.

Tips to Reduce Stress When Moving

Moving house is one of the top five most stressful life events. According to psychologist Meredith Fuller, People dread the idea as they know it involves a major disruption in their lives.

The reality is, leaving one home for another is emotionally stressful. There is also the financial stress with moving costs and refinancing or taking out your first mortgage.

To try and reduce the stress, there are a few things you can do:

  • Start as early as possible.
  • Create a plan from the beginning so you know what needs to get done and when.
  • Clear your schedule during the move so you can focus and work faster.
  • Make your health a priority – get plenty of sleep and don’t skip meals.

Whenever you do start feeling stressed, don’t be afraid to take a little walk and get some fresh air. Take a deep breath and imagine yourself two days from now, when you will be all done moving and enjoying your new home!

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