Moving House Checklist
| James Christie
In this blog post, we'll go through a comprehensive moving house checklist for Australians to help make your move as stress-free as possible.
Before You Move
Before you even start packing up your belongings, there are a few important tasks you should take care of.
Find a New Home
The first step in the moving process is to find a new home. This can be time-consuming, so it's important to start this process as early as possible. Consider the location, size, and price of the property, as well as any additional features that are important to you.
Notify Utilities and Services
Once you have a new home, you'll need to notify your utilities and services of your change of address. This includes your electricity, gas, water, internet, and phone providers, as well as any subscription services you may have. Don't forget to also notify your bank, insurance company, and any other organizations that you do business with.
Arrange for Moving Insurance
It's always a good idea to get moving insurance to protect your belongings in case of any accidents or damages during the move. Make sure to shop around for the best coverage and price.
Create a Budget
Moving can be expensive, so it's important to create a budget to ensure that you don't overspend. Consider the cost of hiring a moving company, renting a truck or storage unit, and any additional expenses such as packing materials and fuel.
Gather Packing Materials
Start gathering packing materials such as boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and marker pens. You can often find free boxes at supermarkets and liquor stores, or you can purchase them from a moving company or a packaging supply store.
Start Packing Non-Essential Items
Begin packing up items that you won't need immediately, such as out-of-season clothing and decorations. This will give you a head start on the packing process and help reduce the amount of stress on moving day.
On the day of the move, there are a few important tasks that you'll need to take care of.
Pack an Essentials Box
Pack a box with all of the items that you'll need on your first night in your new home, such as toiletries, a change of clothes, and any medications you may need. This will make it easier to find these items when you arrive at your new home. Some people would also pack a Esky with some basic foods and snacks, but typically take away is the meal of choice for tired movers. Also pack a kettle and some teas/ instant coffee packs for a pick me up boost.
Disconnect Utilities and Services
Make sure to disconnect your utilities and services before you leave your old home. This includes turning off the electricity, gas, and water, and unplugging any appliances. These days this task is so simple to do and generally can occur over the phone with minimal interruptions or hurdles.
Inspect Your Old HomeBefore you leave your old home, do a final walk-through to make sure you haven't left anything behind. Check all of the rooms, closets, and storage areas to ensure that you've packed everything. And if you are selling the house, ensure that items which are meant to stay as part of a contractual agreement are still in the house otherwise there might be problems down the track.
Load the Moving TruckIf you're hiring a moving company, they will handle the loading of the truck. If you're doing the move yourself, make sure to load the heaviest items first and secure them with straps or rope to prevent them from shifting during transport.
If you're driving the moving and have hired a truck, we recommend inspecting the truck prior to reduce potential headaches when the truck is returned. If you have done the Aussie thing where you have called all your mates who own Utes, offer to fill their cars up as a good will gift, after all you will need to fill a truck if you hire one. Take your time, if you are moving to a place which you have never driven to in an unknown car take extra caution when reversing and navigating the streets, it might just save your backing into someone or getting lost.
Buy Mini Pallets - the most important
Of Course the most important items on the house moving checklist is to buy Mini Pallets. Our invention can easily save any type of person moving in or out of a Unit or House. The items get stacked onto the pallet at the house your moving from, carted out with the use of a hand trolley, then into the moving vehicle. Once at the destination, simply wheel the stacked boxes and the Mini Pallet into the room it is designated for and unpack.
Our Tens and twenty packs are really awesome to getting the job done and once used for moving can be utilised as a storage benefit in garages and storage cages.