The moving house checklist

Moving house checklist

Moving house – it’s one of those things that seems like an okay idea in the abstract, but it really starts to lose its appeal the closer you get to moving day.

But if there’s anything that’s going to keep you motivated, it’s knowing you’re prepared. Or maybe it’s the pizza you’ve already ordered for 7:30pm on move day – either way, a moving checklist can’t hurt, so here’s our list of tips for movers.

In the 4-ish weeks before moving

Organise the power.

When you’re moving house, gas and electricity are big ticket items for getting settled quickly. Tell your current provider when you want the gas and electricity disconnected and organise the connection at your new place. If you’re a Momentum customer, you can do all this through MyAccount, or by giving us a call on the number at the bottom of the page.

If you’re thinking about switching to Momentum at your new place, you can see our plans and prices Check out our plans and prices.

Organise the internet.

Call your provider and let them know you’re moving and find out what you need to do so things run smoothly.

Set up your water account.

Let your current service know you’re leaving, and set up your account at the new place.

Clean out your cupboards.

Set aside a weekend to offload the stuff you don’t need from wardrobes, hall cupboards and bottom drawers (the mate helping you move doesn’t want to lift one more moving box than is necessary).

‘Ancient grain’ doesn’t mean quinoa that’s travelled with you to three different houses.

Empty the pantry and freezer.

Start clearing shelves by using up any beans, legumes, grains or pasta you have kicking around in the pantry, as well as any frozen meals. It’s also a good time to check use-by dates on everything. (The same bottle of hoisin sauce made three moves with me before I noticed it was 5 years out of date.)

Organise a move-out clean.

Knowing someone is taking care of the clean can make the move a lot less stressful. If you’re planning on getting a cleaner in for the job, book them well ahead of time, in for the day after you’ve moved everything (or at least most things) out.

Start collecting packing supplies.

Check your community Facebook pages to see if people have cardboard boxes and other packing materials to give away, or ask your local grocer and supermarkets. Gift shops and chocolate shops will often have excess bubble wrap for your fragile items, too.

Put things up for sale.

If you’ve got household items that won’t be coming to the new place, put them up for sale (or even free to a good home) online.

Check your hard rubbish collections.

These work differently for different areas, so check with your council what your options are for getting rid of larger items before you move.

Book your moving company or moving truck.

Decide what you’ll need to move all your belongings (will you need professional movers for heavy items?), and book it ahead of time – even if it’s just sending a text to that mate who’s got a ute.

In the two weeks before moving

Depending on what you’re moving, you may need a set of wheels. You can usually rent these from hardware stores, moving companies or handy friends.

Pack up the outdoor area.

Put the furniture, plants and garden tools you’re taking with you all in one place so you can clean up the rest of the yard.

Return anything you’ve borrowed.

You’ll have less stuff to move, and your mates will love you for ‘remembering’.

In the two weeks before moving

Change your address.

For things like bank accounts, insurance, subscriptions, Centrelink, Medicare, the Electoral Commission, and your drivers licence. If you’ve got kids, let the school know too (and the kids, come to think).

Start packing the stuff you won’t need.

That includes books, clothes for a different season and lesser-used kitchen appliances. To make sure you’re not digging through the dress-up box when you’re looking for lightbulbs, make a note of the contents on your moving boxes.

Organise insurance.

If you need moving or house and contents insurance for your valuables, get it ready ahead of time.

Make sure you know your sausage dogs from your packing peanuts.

Make a plan for your pets.

Not everyone’s furry friends handle relocation well, so make sure you’ve got a plan for yours that keeps shedding and shaking to a minimum.

Do a round-up of all the keys.

Make sure you’ve got all the keys for your current place ready to hand over when the time comes.

Collect all the user manuals.

Get the guides for any appliances in the house (things like the dishwasher, aircon and oven) and put them somewhere the people moving in will find them.

Tell your frequent visitors.

Let people who come over often (like cleaners, gardeners and dog walkers) know that you’ll be moving home. If they’re coming to your new place, let them know what day you’ll need them to be there instead.

On moving day

Check the power.

If your power company has told you the new address is connected, but the lights aren’t coming on, it could be because the main switch is off. In that case, you’ll need to switch it back on at the switchboard. Switchboards are usually on the outside of your house toward the front or (particularly in apartments) in linen closets, kitchen cupboards or on hallway walls.

If your power isn’t on when you expected it to be, get in touch with your power company and they’ll help you sort it out.

Turn on the hot water in your new place.

Do yourself the honour of a warm shower on move day. Systems generally take a few hours to warm up so turn yours on the minute you get there on move day.

Get the big stuff in first.

Depending on the layout of your new place, you might need to move things like the fridge and washing machine before anything else, so make sure you plan it out in the unloading process. If you’re using moving services, let the mover know too.

Check where your router goes.

The last thing you want to do is cover up the port with a bit of heavy furniture, so plug in your router before moving anything else in.

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Set up your bed.

That way, no matter how far into unpacking you get on the day, you’ll be able to go to sleep the minute you need to.

Final touches

Turn off the power at the old place.

It’s easier for the person moving in to sort their power if it’s switched off at the main switch.

Wait to turn on the fridge.

If you’ve moved your fridge on its side, you may need to let it sit upright before turning it back on – sometimes for up to 24 hours – to let the compressor oil settle. (We recommend checking what your fridge manufacturer says.)

Did you know you can organise your power connection up to 4 weeks ahead of time? To see the plans we offer at your new pad, head to our energy plans page.

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