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Moving house checklist

Moving house can be daunting and stressful or it can be an easy process if planned right from the beginning.

6 weeks to go

  • Set a moving date and book the removalists (or friends and family to assist you)
  • Start collecting boxes or have them delivered so you can start packing
  • Organise time off work if necessary
  • If hiring a van or removal company, think about parking outside your old and new home. Is there enough space?
  • Keep an eye on your mail in the lead up to the move and take note of who sends you mail

4 weeks to go

Tell the following you are moving:

  • Your Bank
  • Phone and internet service providers
  • TV subscriptions
  • Your employer
  • Any insurers
  • Gas and electricity supplier
  • Water supplier
  • Friends, family and colleagues
  • Make sure your mail moves with you. Organise with Australia Post to have your mail redirected

2 weeks to go

  • Have a clean out of anything you don’t want to take with you and take it to a charity shop or have a garage sale
  • Pack up all items you won’t be using before the move

1 week to go

  • Stop buying food and try to eat from the pantry, fridge and freezer
  • Create a plan of what furniture goes in what room for moving day

1 day to go

  • Defrost and empty the fridge and freezer. Turn off the washing machine
  • Finish all your packing and make sure the boxes are clearly labelled with any instructions for the removalists
  • Throw out as much rubbish as possible

Moving day

  • Have your moving survival pack at hand
  • Have instructions for the removalist company
  • Continue to check the house for anything you might have missed (high shelves, under the bed, back of a drawer)
  • Ensure gas and electricity meters have been read and the telephone, cable and internet disconnected
  • Turn off all power and lock the door behind you

Have these things handy on moving day to make the transition into your new home a little more comfortable. Include cleaning products, kettle, cutlery, bread, milk, tea & coffee, takeaway menus, phone chargers and essential toiletries. Bring essentials for the following day – work clothes and school uniforms. Ensure you have a set of bedding, towels, pj’s and if you have children, make sure they have their favourite toy to help them settle into their new bedroom on the first night.

Don’t forget a bottle of wine and glasses to celebrate the move!

Settling in

Once you have settled into your new home, don’t forget to notify the following of your change of address:

  • Utility providers
  • Doctors/Dentists
  • Medicare
  • Driver’s Licence and car registration
  • Australian Electoral Commission
  • Centrelink
  • Health Insurance
  • Insurance (house, contents and car)
  • School
  • Accountant
  • Banks
  • Subscriptions
  • Superannuation funds
  • E-tags, tolls and mechanic
  • Vet and microchip registry and local council

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About the author

Matt Carra

Matt Carra

Matt Carra is the Owner of Blue Key Finance, a Finance Broker since 2004, an SMSF Lending Specialist, a Property Investment Educator, and a Mentor to new Finance Brokers entering the finance industry. Matt is passionate about providing valuable guidance and honest advice, educating Australians on how to buy their first homes and invest successfully while protecting them with knowledge. Matt has strong long-term relationships with his panel of lenders and extensive knowledge on their credit policies, and utilises that skillset to give you peace of mind by recommending you to the right lender the first time, to negotiate a better deal, and to fight for your cause – that’s Matt’s commitment to you. Contact Matt today to start the conversation on 0425 726 538 or email matt.carra@bluekeyfinance.com.au

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