Moving house: The checklist you need

In between packing, booking removalists, organising mail redirection and ensuring you have home and contents insurance, a house move typically rates highly on the stress-o-meter. However, moving house doesn’t have to result in sleepless nights. Here are some pointers to help you through the three stages of moving, from preparing to move, to the settling in stage.

Prepare to move

Don’t underestimate how much preparation time is needed when moving house. The weeks before moving day are actually the most important, as that’s the prime time to get all your life admin sorted before the moving day storm.

1. Cut the clutter

The less stuff you have in your life, the less stuff you’ll need to pack and unpack. Before you move, go through your wardrobe and book shelves and cull anything that you don’t need. You’ll be surprised how many things you own that are simply gathering dust. Donate used clothing, books and working appliances to charity shops, sell items on eBay or Gumtree, or pass things onto friends in need. Whatever you do, just reduce the amount you have to move and you’ll be happier on moving day.

2. Sort your mail

Whether you choose to organise mail redirection to your new address for a few months or arrange a simple mail hold during the move, ensuring your mail’s safety is a good way to avoid the stress of missing out on important things like bills, wedding invites or letters from the ATO.

3. Update your details

Changing your address can be a tedious but unavoidable process. Most organisations allow you to update your mailing address online, so be sure to do so with your bank, superannuation and private health insurance provider. Don’t forget to change the address on your driver’s licence as well as on the electoral roll. You may also need a land title transfer if you’re not renting.

4. Book removalists

Whether you choose to hire professional removalists or hire a van and do it yourself, make sure you book well ahead of time, especially if moving on a busy weekend. If you book well ahead of time, you’ll be able to have first pick of moving times – with first move of the day being a smart way to avoid waiting around for removalists to complete other scheduled moves.

5. Wrap it up

Ensure your valuables are safe by taking the time to pack your items properly. While it’s tempting to cut corners and throw everything in haphazardly, think about how you’d feel to find your favourite item broken. Before the move, stock up on cardboard boxes of various sizes, packing tape, old newspapers to wrap dinnerware and bubble wrap for fragile items. Buy some sticky labels and a black marker to label each box – you’ll save time when it comes to moving and unpacking if you know what’s inside each box.

6. Don’t forget Fido

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