The Master Checklist You Must Have When You Are Moving House

The Master Checklist You Must Have When You Are Moving House

Planning to move, need interstate removalists? We understand that the whole moving process can be a bit overwhelming. Just figuring out where to start can be confusing, which is why many people tend to put it off and then end up panicking at the last minute. To avoid such a scenario, go head first into organizing your move, seeking help from removalists. The key is to plan, plan, and plan. And to do that, you need a master checklist that lists all the things you need to do when moving.


Here’s a detailed checklist that lists what you should do, and when gathered from removalists reviews.

Two Months Before the Move:

  • Start sorting out your things. Go room-by-room, determining what you need and what you’re going to get rid of.
  • Research and contact several moving companies to get their quotes. It is a good idea to request them to email you the quote instead of relying on verbal confirmation over the phone.
  • Hold a yard sale to sell off all the things that you won’t need (or give them to charity).
  • Have a “Moving” folder ready. Use this folder to store all the receipts, estimates, and any other important letters or documents concerning your move.

One Month Before the Move:

  • Choose a moving company and get the details such as the date, time, and price finalized.
  • Buy packing supplies (boxes, bubble wrap, tape, marker, cling wrap, and garbage bags). and start packing things that you don’t use frequently. This includes items such as the fancy dinner set, the sewing machine, and any other items that you won’t need during the next month. Ensure that you label everything properly.
  • Keep inventory. Label and number each packed box and write down what items are in which box. Doing this ensures that you won’t have to open every box to find something later.
  • Put all your jewellery and important documents in a secure box (such as a safe box), to be transferred by you personally.
  • Visit your new house, with a measuring tape in hand, to measure doorways and find out if your furniture can fit through the door. If it turns out that they can’t, then try to sell your furniture and replace them with ones that will fit your new place.

    Five Weeks Before the Move:

  • Talk to your real estate or rental agent and get everything organized in the house front.
  • Obtain copies of medical records and talk to your doctor about referrals.
  • If applicable, have your kids school send their records to the new school.
  • Talk to your insurance company to find out if any changes need to be made to your policy, with regard to the move.
  • Alert—the post office, credit card companies, banks, magazine subscriptions, insurance companies, and the HR department at your workplace—of the address change.
  • Cancel utilities such as gas, electricity, cable, and the internet, and set up new connections at your new place (figure out the dates to make sure that you are not left without the utilities when you arrive at the new house).
  • If you have pets, visit your vet and ask for referrals.

Two Weeks Before the Move:

  • To avoid wastage, start using up the items in the freezer (such as meat and other frozen foods).
  • At work, provide them with the date of the move and request for the day off to oversee the move.
  • Contact your movers to confirm details and ensure that there is no room for errors.

    One Week Before the Move:

  • Finish your packing. Pack everything except for the bare essentials (clothes, toiletries, etc.).
  • Check with your rental agency (or other relevant persons) about any time restrictions involved when it comes to having movers come in. Many buildings have time restrictions and arriving outside the specified timing might mean that you’ll have to pay the moving company extra (for storing your stuff till the next day).

Two Days Before the Move:

  • Pack whatever things are still not packed, getting them ready for the move. Be prepared to live out of a suitcase for these last few days.
  • Empty and clean your refrigerator.
  • Make a trip to the pharmacy to fill up on basic medications as well as your prescriptions (if any). Buy a first aid kit if you don’t already own one.
  • Get the payment for the movers ready (if paying by cash).

    On the Day of the Move:

  • Get your suitcase packed with things you’ll need for the first day (or night) at your new house. This includes your toiletries, a few sets of clothing (including your night clothes), some basic utensils (spoons, fork, a knife, etc.).
  • Walk with the mover as he/she takes inventory, to ensure that everything is in order.
  • Sign the bill of lading and keep your copy in the “Moving” folder (you can also take a photo of it with your phone, just to be safe).
  • Take a final tour of the house to make sure nothing’s been left behind. Check drawers, shelves and your wardrobe.
  • Lock all the windows, make sure everything is turned off (lights, the air conditioner, the oven), and finally, lock the main door.

This checklist might seem extensive, but trust us, you’ll only be adding more things to this when you move. No detail is too small to be added onto the checklist. You just need to figure out and prioritize things to ensure that you take care of all the important things first, before moving on to the less important matters. Use a highlighter to highlight the important to-do items. It is also a good idea to make a couple of extra copies of your checklist—just in case you misplace it, or to give a copy to your spouse/partner. Also, make sure you communicate with your movers and your rental/real estate agent clearly. Miscommunication is one of the biggest hindrance when moving. So good communication is crucial to ensure your move goes smoothly without any hurdles. We hope this checklist helps make your move easy. Happy moving! 13:34 06/21/2014